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|Will&Sonny||Apr 20 2013, 02:33 AM|
Your argument is a matter of semantics.
Definition of HOMOPHOBIA
: irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals
Being against gay rights is discrimination. Therefore, being against gay rights is a demonstration of homophobia. Like it or not, that's the word that has been assigned to that behavior. You don't have to have an extreme or irrational fear of gay people to be a homophobe. As I said before, there are varying degrees of homophobia, but it's all still homophobia (which is an awful term because homophobia is an awful thing -- if people don't want to be labeled as homophobes, the solution is to stop being homophobes).
Deeply held religious beliefs do not give people the right to discriminate against others. Caroline is smart enough to understand that her belief in a higher power isn't hinging on the number of gay people she discriminates against on a daily basis. Furthermore, there is nothing to indicate that one of Caroline's "deeply held beliefs" was that being gay was wrong. People are simply making that leap because Caroline has historically been written as a deeply religious person, and many religious people believe that it's wrong to be gay, but that logic is just as faulty as labeling all Muslims as terrorists simply because some terrorists are Muslims. Caroline might have always dismissed that particular "teaching" of the Bible, just like she's probably dismissed other "teachings", such as the one about killing people who dare to do work on a Sunday, or the one about the sin of eating pork, or the one about women being forbidden to talk during church. Oh, what about that whole thing about cheating on a spouse? She apparently glossed right over that one.
Supporting gay rights is not an indication that Caroline has given up her deeply held religious beliefs. Saying, "I no longer believe in God" would be an indication that Caroline has given up her deeply held religious beliefs. Anything less than that is simply an expression of free will, common sense, and the ability to think for herself.
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