AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
Jews can also be multi-millionaires and own their own businesses. It doesn't mean they aren't oppressed in other spheres. You seem to forget that the nazis weren't exactly nice to homosexuals either.
There is no hierarchy of oppression. Oppression occurs in overt and covert ways, and the oppression of gays is no more or no less wrong than the oppression of Jews, blacks, women or the left handed.
"C'est le dernier qui a parlé qui a raison"
If humans sexually reproduced with male pairs or female pairs, then I would completely agree that it made no sense for government to sanction opposite sex marriage. Were I heterosexual in such a society I wouldn't demand that the mainstream of society change itself for my decidedly minority proclivities.
I would, however, push for civil unions, or something like it, so that I could have the rights you refer to when it came to my spouse.
The morality of abortion is not a religious belief, any more than the morality of slavery, apartheid, rape, larceny, murder or arson is a religious belief. These are norms of the natural law of mankind and can be legislated even in a completely religionless society.
Even at the federal level, many of the sexual orientation cases are masked under harassment, wrongful termination or other such headings since a specific federal law does not exist for sexual orientation. To claim that they do not exist is misleading.
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
Would a moderator check the poll votes please?
I think someone just skewed them through visitor voting.
Obviously. Do we have it better in America than other places? Hell yes. Do we experience true equality? Hell no.
This is not opinion, this is fact, based on the definition in the OP.
Oh, and haha, real funny to whoever spammed the poll.
If there's a god, damn it she won't mind.
If there's a god, baby she won't mind.
I think the question is another attempt by you to feel good about your (IMO) ignorant, homophobic beliefs.
You included the dictionary definition in an attempt to force people to argue a limited understanding of oppression. Words have both denotations and connotations. Learn them both before discussing a big concept like oppression.
Homosexuals are discriminated against every day. To believe otherwise is ignorant. When people are discriminated against, this can lead to both subtle and overt forms of oppression.
If a homosexual teenager is afraid to speak out in school or even go to school he/she is being oppressed and treated in a manner contrary to the ideals of our country. People like Rick Santorum want to move our country backwards.
For people who really want a backwards Theocracy, I'm sure their are other places they can live and be happy.