- If you say “you’re not homophobic, but…” then you’re probably being homophobic. Especially when you say “homosexuality isn’t right.”
- Having GLBTQI friends doesn’t prove you’re not homophobic.
- If you start talking loudly about God’s will and the “creation of woman for man” then the lesbian atheist next to you will be pretty pissed off.
- Yes, you’re not as bad as the Christian fundies in America. Who the fuck cares?
- You words have consequences and you’re creating a hostile environment for GLBTQI students.
- When aforesaid lesbian atheist informs you of all this, as least have the grace to look guilty about it and/or wait until she’s out of earshot before using her as proof that “those types of people” just won’t discuss things rationally.
- Yes, you have freedom of speech. Having the freedom to open your fucking mouth doesn’t mean what comes out of it isn’t wrong. Yes, you can be wrong.
- Homophobia just isn’t right.
To Everyone Else
There is a recent idea that if you say or think something it is OK as long as you don’t act on it. This seems to be a byproduct of people thinking that lynching is so passé, but wanting to keep their cherished isms. There are homophobic/ racist/ sexist/ thoughts and words just as there are deeds. Words in particular can be used as weapons against oppressed classes.
Freedom of speech gives you the ability to be an asshole, but not the motivation. As the movie Spiderman (that movie with the white lead, white love interest, white best friend and white villians) notes “with power comes responsibility.”