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Greeneville, TN

Filling Station!

Well someone seems to have a problem with beer... Good Lord! Why don't you lighten up a little? Male dancers? Where is this stuff coming from? You know, other cities have bars that offer a nice place for people go get away from uptight people. I believe that Greeneville has too many churches. And have you seen the size of some of them--they're HUGE! Millions of dollars spent to create monster churches and people in this county going hungry, losing their houses, losing their jobs, but thank goodness Greeneville's elite (and those who want to be elite) have massive, tax free sanctuaries to go to! I wish Greeneville had some nice piano bars to go to--places that were nice and quiet, serving wine, beer, and mixed drinks to a sophisticated clientele. But with so many churches on every other block in the city, that's not going to be allowed. When did churches turn against alcohol anyhow? Isn't the Bible full of fermented beverages? Uptight hypocrites!  (May 2, 2010 | post #20)

Greeneville, TN

Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans People in Greeneville

I'm really impressed with that 15 year old kid in Nashville, Cole Goforth, who stood up for his rights to express his sexual orientation at high school. You can read about it here... http://www.tenness ean.com/article/20 100429/NEWS04/4290 326/Cole-Goforth-o ther-openly-gay-st udents-fight-for-t heir-rights It's pretty amazing!  (Apr 30, 2010 | post #116)

Greeneville, TN

Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans People in Greeneville

Well, first of all, I think gays just want the same rights as married couples currently have. The whole notion of two brothers or two sisters getting married and having sexual intercourse is pretty disgusting. It's incest. And incest, I beleive, is something that homosexuals and heterosexuals can agree on--wrong on just about every level imaginable.  (Apr 28, 2010 | post #112)

Greeneville, TN

Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans People in Greeneville

We do not live in a Theocracy, so a marriage in this country is a legal union. Of course at this point the legal union is only between a man and a woman. However, since the Bible does not dictate the laws of marriage, then a "marriage " between people of the same sex should be called a marriage and not a civil union. Call it "semantics " if you want... But there is a concept that people have tried to float down the Constitution for decades called "separate but equal", which is an insult. I can't help it that US Legislators decided to refer to the union of a man and a woman as "marriage ". Marriage, as far as I'm concerned is more of a Biblical term than anything. If people of the same sex are going to be in "civil unions" then everyone should be in a "civil union". Let only church weddings be referred to as "marriage ".  (Apr 28, 2010 | post #109)

Greeneville, TN

Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans People in Greeneville

You know, there are two primary steps to marriage in the US. The first step is to obtain a marriage license which one gets from a government agency. The second step is to go through a legally recognized ceremony. It's this second step that seems to upset most people with regards to same-sex marriage. But let's be clear, the second step--the one in which a couple is pronounced to be married, DOES NOT have to be done in front of a religious figure. Christian marriages are performed by ministers or priests. Jewish marriages are performed by Rabbis. Muslim marriages are officiated by those who are knowledgeable about Muslim law (doesn't have to be a religious figure). But there are any number of non-religious officials who can officiate a marriage ceremony. Gays and lesbians are not asking to be married in the eyes of an unwilling church. For example no one is demanding that a Catholic priest officiate at a gay or lesbian marriage. We simply want to have the same rights that are granted by federal, state, and local law with regards to the actual marriage contract. In Matthew, Christ is clearly talking about a religious ceremony--a religious marriage between two people. Obviously, it is unlikely that any Christian Church is going to officiate a marriage between two people of the same sex. Gays and Lesbians will not be married in the eyes of God. But being married in the eyes of the State is a completely separate issue. This is what gays and lesbians want to have. And as tax paying, law abiding, citizens of the US, we should have the right to enter into a marital contract with the person of our choosing--as long as the two people are not related by blood. Straight couples cannot marry their sister or brother or parent; and neither should gay people. There are many financial and contractual benefits to being in a marriage recognized by the state. I just wanted to explain the difference between gay marriage as recognized by the state, but not endorsed by a religious affiliation.  (Apr 28, 2010 | post #107)

Greeneville, TN

If I won ten million dollars in the lottery I would...

1.) Buy a house--maybe on a lake or in the mountains--somethi ng with a pool and enough room for my extended family to visit. 2.) Buy an RV and travel all over the country (while I had my house decorated and updated--don't want to be around for that) 3.) Set up scholarship funds for my family 4.) Go to a really nice art school--maybe learn jewelry making 5.) Buy a few nice cars--Mercedes Sedan, Infinity Convertible, a good pick-up truck 6.) Travel to Europe 7.) Give money to poor people (not to agencies or churches, but directly to the poor) There's probably a lot more that I'd do, but that's all I can think of right now...  (Apr 27, 2010 | post #1)

Greeneville, TN

Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans People in Greeneville

Has it EVER occurred to you that if you do not wish to read some one's post then you don't have to click on the topic? There are about 200 topics on "Topix" that I never look at because they hold no interests for me. So why would you look at this particular topic? I'm really interested and want to know. So out with it! Talk!  (Apr 27, 2010 | post #100)

Greeneville, TN

Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans People in Greeneville

Even as you are reading this post there are babies being born around the world, some of whom will turn out to be gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender. This has been going on since the beginning of time and will continue until those who are reading this post are long gone from the face of the Earth. There's no way to tell, at least not yet, if your child or your child's child, or your sister's child or your brother's child will be homosexual. There are no blood tests, no genetic tests, no psychological tests--nothing--th at can tell you with 100% certainty if a child is going to be straight or gay. So, why do you assume that your child or your relative's child will be heterosexual? Why do you allow yourself to hold such horrible thoughts about gay people? Homosexuality has been observed in almost every animal species on the planet. In fact it's so common in the animal kingdom, that for human animals to deny that it's normal, is actually abnormal. I've said on here earlier that I believe the main reason people have a knee-jerk negative reaction to homosexuality has to do with the fact that the vast majority of you will not experience homosexual feelings--well, none that you would admit to feeling. And since it isn't a regular part of your every day life then your opinion is not based on a great deal of personal reflection or scientific data or substantial thought. Your views about homosexuality are not based on years of struggle or decades of feelings. Your views about homosexuality come from a few seconds to a few minutes of thought every time the subject is brought up. But I'm here to tell you... My parents did not know that when I was brought into the world--as they dressed me in little baseball uniforms, as they bought me little cap guns, as they decorated my room in an NFL motif--they did not know that their son was gay. And my folks were pretty sharp. They watched me like a hawk. But they had no clue--NONE. They spent years believing that I would eventually marry a woman, have children and continue the family line. And then one day their world came crashing down around them. One day the words, "I am homosexual" changed their worlds forever. My mother was very distraught. There was a great deal of guilt for both my parents. And there was an even greater amount of shame. After the first phase, denial, my parents exploded into the "anger phase". This phase essentially destroyed our relationship. During this phase my parents literally planned my death. They seriously considered killing me in an effort to stop this shock to their world--to keep themselves from having to experience it and to keep the outside world/extended family from learning their shameful secret. I'm here to tell you that you need to put some thought into this "gay thing". You need to realize that a gay person is going to touch your lives. It could be your child, your nephew, your boss's daughter, your president's kid, your senator, your doctor, your police officer, your stock broker... And I would suggest that you think long and hard before you blow up or exclude or want to kill or vilify or hate or fear. We live in an age where information is at our fingertips. There is no reason for ignorance of this issue to continue. In every society for as long as we have recorded history there has been a group of people who were ostracized--people who only a generation of two later were accepted into the mainstream. Blacks, Women, Jews, Interracial Couples, Catholics, Japanese, Russians, Vietnamese, etc... These have all been people in the past century that were seen as second class citizens or seen as outright enemies; people who we are now (hopefully) comfortable with. I am a gay man. And if you kill me or ignore me, you haven't ended homosexuality in your lives. And the sooner you release your fear and your misunderstanding about gay people, the better off we'll all be.  (Apr 27, 2010 | post #98)

Greeneville, TN

Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans People in Greeneville

I really appreciate the suggestion of Timberfell. I've been thinking about going out there just to see what it's like. Thanks!  (Apr 26, 2010 | post #89)

Greeneville, TN

Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans People in Greeneville

Do you think God appreciates you using His name any time that you wish the death and suffering of anybody? Or are you just trying to be provocative? Seriously... Do you really believe the things that you say or are you just kidding--just trying to upset people by writing this kind of stuff?  (Apr 26, 2010 | post #88)

Greeneville, TN

Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans People in Greeneville

Can I suggest that you NOT click on this particular forum if you don't want to see any more conversation?  (Apr 26, 2010 | post #81)

Greeneville, TN

Horses, Goats, Rabbit Found Starved, Dead

I'm guessing that this was somebody who lost their house to foreclosure or couldn't pay the rent. Nevertheless, for them to leave their animals to die that way is inexcusable!  (Apr 26, 2010 | post #2)

Greeneville, TN

Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans People in Greeneville

Didn't your mama teach you any manners? Are you completely uncouth? There is a HUGE internet out there--why don't you google it? I'm sure someone has answered that question.  (Apr 25, 2010 | post #72)