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Insert something witty and creative here..?: Dear all Bisexuals, Pansexuals, Asexuals, or basically anybody who is not strictly Heterosexual or strictly Homosexual.

jiji-is-a-bunny:

According to my psychology professor, we do not exist.

According to her, we are wrong for existing.

My professor flat out said this morning that she does not “believe” in bisexuals. She proceeded to say that the only valid and real orientations are heterosexual, and homosexual,and nothing else…

Dumpster… I mean, Opinion Diving.

Oh dear English assignment, the things I have waded through for you. Like a torch bearer wading through mud to reach his destination… But, I digress.

Background: I’ve been working on my most recent assignment for my English course. We have to refute an editorial article. The teacher suggested trying local news sites first, as once you get to bigger-name magazines/news outlets, they have professional editorial columnists. Those columns can be harder to refute as they usually have sounder arguments and less logical fallacies (there are exceptions, however.) Anyhow, I’ve been wading (reading) through the cesspool that is our local paper’s Opinion section. Don’t get me wrong, its not all bad, but most of it is glorified name calling between users in the comments combined with an article that was O.K. at best. There are a few gems in the rough, though.

In search of one of these gems, I found this. From the post:

"But as one professing to be a Christian, as he does, I would ask him to carefully review what the Bible has to say about homosexuality, wherein it is plainly and explicitly condemned and forbidden. Mr. Pitts should be warning those in the homosexual lifestyle that such a lifestyle must and can be forsaken, and not be supporting and confirming them in a practice that will cost them their soul."

Excuse me while I sit here with the palm of my hand pressed to my forehead. Now, I’ve heard this argument/variations thereof many times before. I think most of us in the LGTBAQ (and Allies) community have. I still cannot believe how many cling to this argument. Believe that? Well here’s something interesting for those that quote the Bible in their reasons against Gay Marriage/Gay Lifestyle (Info found on RationalWiki as well as many other places.)

List of some of the things prohibited/forbidden by the Bible:

Eating Shellfish (Deuteronomy 14:9-10)

Consuming Pork (Leviticus 11:7-8)

Wearing clothing woven of more than one type of cloth (Leviticus 19:19)

Women speaking in church (1 Corinthians 14:34-35)

So I’m sitting here, laughing quietly to myself, because I realize most of the people that use that very same argument claim that those other portions of the Bible are “outdated” or “not applicable” to them. Wait, who decides that? I must have not gotten that memo…

Regardless of your personal beliefs, this assignment/section of the course really has me thinking. Think of what you say, what you believe, the logic of your beliefs, what you hear…. Don’t be sheeple (sheep-people, following the herd) to whatever the biggest fad currently is.

Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you, the 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates:

  • Michelle Bachmann:

    "Don’t misunderstand. I am not here bashing people who are homosexuals, who are lesbians, who are bisexual, who are transgender. We need to have profound compassion for people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life and sexual identity disorders.” (2004)

  • Ron Paul:

    "The rate of AIDS infection is on the increase again. From the gay point of view, the reasons seem quite sensible. First, these men don't really see a reason to live past their fifties. They are not married, they have no children, and their lives are centered on new sexual partners... because sex is the center of their lives, they want it to be as pleasurable as possible, which means unprotected sex. Third, they enjoy the attention & pity that comes with being sick." (1995 in a newsletter)

  • Rick Perry:

    "I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. " (2011 in a campaign ad)

  • Mitt Romney:

    "I should tell my story. I'm also unemployed." (2011 while speaking to unemployed people in Florida. Romney's net worth is over $200 million.)

  • Newt Gingrich:

    "She's not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of the President. And besides, she has cancer." (1994, about his first wife)

  • Rick Santorum:

    "Is anyone saying same-​sex couples can’t love each other? I love my children. I love my friends, my brother. Heck, I even love my mother-​in-​law. Should we call these relationships marriage, too?" (2008)

  • Michelle Bachmann:

    "Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas." (2009 during a debate)

  • Mitt Romney:

    "PETA is not happy that my dog likes fresh air." (2006, when questioned about driving 12 hours with his dog in a cage strapped to the top of his car)

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