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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnus Newman View Post
    Okay, this is good and all.
    But what about intolerance towards religion ? How can it be okay when people write aggressive posts about religion ? I've seen this more than once. Religiophobia should be included along with other forms of hatred.
    That's a separate issue that I wholeheartedly support and should be protected.

    However, what shouldn't be protected is the use of religion to justify hate-speeches.

    Take Christianity. Jesus surrounded himself with tax collectors and prostitutes--the biggest sinners in bible times, but he did not condemn them. It's perfectly possible to disagree with a lifestyle while at the same not inciting hate-speeches--and even to disagree with violent behaviours and attitudes others hold.

    It's difficult, yes, but its possible.
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    +1 lawful good for Bulbagarden staff. You're getting there, guys. =)
    That's nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnus Newman View Post
    Okay, this is good and all.
    But what about intolerance towards religion ? How can it be okay when people write aggressive posts about religion ? I've seen this more than once. Religiophobia should be included along with other forms of hatred.
    So, we're supposed to keep our mouths shut whenever we disagree with churches such as the Westboro Baptist Church, or we are supposed to just quietly accept Jim Jones and the group suicide that he staged, sing praises for the Ku Klux Klan, or speak nothing but good about Al Qaeda because to do otherwise would be intolerant towards religion? If a religious organization or group promotes something horrible (and some do), I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be criticized.

    Unlike a person's sex, race, or sexual orientation, the religion that you believe in is a choice. As a child, a person may be forced to go to a church, but if a church preaches hatred, it is their choice to follow it and regurgitate it in public. As an adult, someone can say "this church is preaching nothing but hatred," and can make the effort to switch to another church that doesn't preach hatred. On the other hand, changing sex is expensive and not perfect. Changing race is impossible. Changing sexual orientation is something some groups feel is possible, but many others feel is something that could damage a person more than it would "help."

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    Religions aren't quite the same as gender orientation when it comes to discrimination.

    That doesn't mean religious discrimination doesn't exist; and it doesn't mean religious discrimination is acceptable. But not all attacks on a church is religious discrimination.

    Religious discrimination, however, is not the topic of this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IvySnivy View Post
    Actually, if you look at it from an empirical point of view, it becomes clear that certain opinions are morally indefensible despite being personal beliefs. Let's take racism and sexism as an example. A person could be misogynistic, and yes, it would be their opinion. However, misogyny is a view that causes suffering or has great potential to cause suffering - whereas equality among the sexes causes happiness or great potential for happiness. Therefore it is clear that misogyny is the "incorrect" view.

    I guess basically what I'm saying is that opinions can be proven wrong; they are not all of equal value.
    Firstly, while I agree that hateful actions towards other people, in any circumstance and for any reason, should not be condoned, and thus agree with the spirit of these new rules, I have to take issue with this kind of rationale. Because yes, some people do have the "wrong" opinion (I would argue that if something can be proven to be wrong or right it is then a fact, and not an opinion, but still. Let's call it, the opinion closest or furthest to the truth). But people have the right to be wrong. Especially because nobody believes that they are wrong. Show me one person that holds an opinion they think is not right, and I'll show you a crazy person.

    But people have the right to be wrong. And instead of censorship and telling them "you're just wrong so shut up and leave", I believe it is the duty of those who have the opinion closest to the truth to argue in favor of their own stance, and to explain to these such people -on any topic, not just concerning hatred of the LGBTQ community- why and how they are mistaken, in the appropriate forums (e.g. Serious Business). I, for one, believe that debate and discussion should be a tool to foment intellectual growth. Because if you just tell someone that they don't have the right to hold an unacceptable opinion, I only have one word for you - crimethink.

    So, I'll say it again - I agree, wholeheartedly, with the spirit of the rules. But perhaps disagree a bit with the wording, and/or actual implementation thereof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultra Pidgeot View Post
    However, in my personal experience, homophobia stems from the Bible. People read the Bible, go to church, and are taught that homosexuality is wrong. As another BMGf user (who shall remain anonymous) put it "The homophobia seemingly coming from the Bible actually comes from the corrupt men who teach from it." This is also true. But at the end of the day, that corrupted teaching is part of who they are, just as homosexuality is simply part of who someone is. You can argue that homosexuality isn't a choice (PROTIP: it isn't) and that homophobia is, but let me ask you this. If a child was forced into attending church by their parents in their most impressionable years, is that a choice? No.
    Once you're an adult, (or really even before) you can choose not to believe what you learned in church, as my parents did. That, and the same can be said for the hatred of people of African descent since the beginning of colonialism. Children in the early 1800s were taught that keeping slaves was okay because the slaves were black, and somehow lower-class just for that reason. (Fun fact: Those same children freed the slaves as adults.) The Bible says basically that sans the slave part, if I remember correctly. Yet you take huge offense to this rule when I'm pretty sure you wouldn't if it dealt with race. I just don't see the logic.
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    congrats BGF staff. This has renewed my faith in mankind
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vhazhiphor View Post
    But people have the right to be wrong. And instead of censorship and telling them "you're just wrong so shut up and leave", I believe it is the duty of those who have the opinion closest to the truth to argue in favor of their own stance, and to explain to these such people -on any topic, not just concerning hatred of the LGBTQ community- why and how they are mistaken, in the appropriate forums (e.g. Serious Business). I, for one, believe that debate and discussion should be a tool to foment intellectual growth. Because if you just tell someone that they don't have the right to hold an unacceptable opinion, I only have one word for you - crimethink.

    So, I'll say it again - I agree, wholeheartedly, with the spirit of the rules. But perhaps disagree a bit with the wording, and/or actual implementation thereof.
    Ahh - perhaps I should have explained myself better. I think people should be free to think whatever they want. Debate and discussion absolutely should be used to forment intellectual growth, and of course it's important to engage in it when it comes to issues like this.

    After all, exactly what causes happiness and what doesn't is highly debatable. But I do think that certain courses of action are better ones to take then others; discovering exactly what those courses of action might be is the purpose of that way of thinking. It's meant to encourage productive debate between opposing sides, not stifle it.

    I definitely agree that explaining your own position as best and as respectfully as you can would be preferable to censorship.

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    After so many years watching Bulbapedia, at least I needed to register to say thank you for being so fair. So thank you again.

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    ATTENTION

    As a general reminder, this is NOT a Nicoleta's Bus thread. This means per the new policy, negative opinions of homosexuality don't belong in this thread.
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    this is wonderful. thank you for this, bmgf. being an lgbtq member myself i greatly appreciate the support the staff gives to the group.

    it's all about love, people. and to be honest, i don't see why anybody would discriminate this powerful emotion.

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    I had a much more long winded response to this, but I accidentally lost all of it when I closed the wrong tab, so I'll make it simple.

    This rule is not equality, it is just taking the hatred, the intolerance, and the non-acceptance, and redirecting it at another group. That is not, nor will ever be "equality".

    Also, @Quattro ~ Bajeena, just because I'm not pissing myself with happiness over this authoritarian rule doesn't make me a homophobe. I "waste" my breath defending their right to be bigots because it's their right.

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    Sorry, but standing up for the bigots does not make you a social activist or a freedom fighter...it makes you a bigot because you're reinforcing that behavior.

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    Asking people to keep their bigoted beliefs that oppress a group of people away from Bulbagarden is hardly a retraction of rights. It is not intolerance to take a stance against intolerance.

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    it's their right.
    They have a right to feel that way.

    They don't have a right to express their feeling on a privately owned website, which Bulbagarden is.

    And frankly, it IS equality to say that our LGBTQ users should be able to enjoy the forum without having to deal with people telling them what they are is immoral/wrong/a disease/disgusting/whatever other idiocies the anti-gay side can conjur up.

    After all, our straight members get to enjoy the site without being called any such things.
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    Then what'll he do?/ He'll permaban you / You find your name slashed / With a message, 'Adieu'
    Sooooo...watch out!
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    "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world." - Jack Layton's last letter. Rest in peace, Jack.

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