"Never fear. Him is here" - Captain Chaos (Dom DeLuise), Cannonball Run
Mace Windu: Then our worst fears have been realized. We must move quickly if the Jedi Order is to survive.
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
We are constantly being told that there are growing blood shortages yet a perfectly viable segment of the population is being precluded for non-scientific reasons. A promiscuous heterosexual man is much higher risk than a monogamous gay man, yet the former is given a pass while the latter is automatically "deferred". People who have done IV drugs at all in their life get banned indefinitely, but people who knowingly were sexually involved with IV drug users only get deferred for 12 months based on the end date of their relationship.
The blood bank policies make zero sense. I will say it again, the SMS blood ban is not based on scientific grounds.
He didn't ask if it made sense, he asked if I was offended by it. I understand their rational. They want to reduce risk by isolating the segment of the population most likely to carry the virus. There are arguably better ways, but I can't say I blame them for the course of action they have chosen.
I think gay couples are more likely to have a home atmosphere that is more open and accepting if their child comes up to them and admits to feelings of attraction for the same gender. I dont think gay couples are more likely to have gay children, I think children of gay parents have more room to take an honest look at their own sexuality.
If you dont feel like you have to hide who you are, you're more likely to embrace it. Hell I'd have probably figured the poly thing out a lot sooner if my parents were poly.
See my last post
I know this is off subject but I'd like to point out the trend on this forum has been increasingly more gay friendly over the years. I also see this trend reflected in the world outside as well. This debate, while not ending soon, appears to be one of attrition. The younger generation is not tolerant of homosexuality. Instead they accept it as a fact of life that doesn't need to be tolerated. In the same manner that you accept someone is male or female , or you accept someone is of whatever national decent.
ok.. now back to your regularly scheduled debate.
Ignorance is the refuge of faith
It's become very apparent that there is nothing respectable about faith
"If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people"
Just some general points.
All children are gay-ish at one point. It's the latency period where strong bonds are formed with your own gender and the other gender has 'cooties'. It's an important and necessary stage of human development. The sex drive hasn't yet formed pre-puberty, so that's why latency is gay-ish.
Homosexuality is not and never has been contagious, so children cannot be infected with it nor is there any need to be immunized against it.
My blood can kill you more efficiently than a transfusion from a gay man, due to the toxic mix of chemicals shot into me every week and that I take in pill form that are keeping me alive. So I think the ban against gay men donating is of no use whatsoever. The ban against those using biologic drugs is crucial, obviously.
Regards from Rosie
"If you wanna get it done, you gotta fight for yourself." --Meat Loaf, Bat Outta Hell II