Originally Answered: To choose or not to choose. And is there a choice?
I've been posting here on and off for the past 3 years and believe me, I've come and seen everything posted here. Trolls aren't so much of an issue here as they have been in the past (Anyone remember the good 'ol days of Da Ben Dan and the most infamous troll of all, Dr. Doris?). Anyways, I usually don't respond to rant-oriented questions like these, and I know my response may end up somewhere near the bottom of the page, but I hope it clears a few things up.
I'm bisexual. I'm in High School. And I'm a Christian. A little bit of a weird mix, eh? Some people you'd swear sleep with their bible, they're so close to it, where others, like myself, believe in God, but believe that the bible, which has been rewritten, revised, skewed, and neglected over thousands of years isn't the perfect script that most believe it to be. I still pray, have faith and worship God, but I don't take advice from men who lived thousands of years ago who tell me that a man of God's creation is flawed. One man can't tell me that, and it's a shame so many listen.
My fundamental belief is that God created all men and women, and as such it's an impossibility that any of them could be flawed - whether they are gay, straight, have downs syndrome, are sociopaths, or any other sort of difference that people see. Therefore, everyone is equally important, viable and should be endowed with the same rights as everyone else on this earth. And I'm a Christian.
There's nothing you can do to "fix" the "problem" that is people having and sharing a certain faith. Heck, if you were to try and rip people's faith out from underneath them, some people would deem you worthy of being killed. There is no "solution" to people who follow a religion, but what you can do is help shape their foundation of what is right and wrong by saying not "well it's obviously not a choice" but instead "and are you any more holy and just by discriminating against me? Is that what God would want from you- to be a bigot, and support hatred?".
I can tell you are most obviously writing this in a response to something you've heard, or seen, or have in some way come into contact with, so maybe instead of posting something like this, in a rant-style format, keep it disciplined. After all, the key to opening a good, healthy line of communication isn't to fire off reasons why they're wrong, why they're flawed, and why they're hypocrites; it's to bring them down to your level. Use what they know and love against them.
This may not have been the response you were looking for, and I usually try and put my all into these questions, and I don't really care if I get downranked for "lol wall of text" or "that was a waste of time" sorts of things. But maybe you can find what you agree with in my post and walk away feeling a bit more happy that not everyone hates homosexuals, bisexuals, etc. Maybe.
I've actually been reading your question and some of the responses more thoroughly and I've noticed that there's this either/or fallacy that's run amok through here in that you think people are either "100% for the gay liberty" or you're "a discriminating bigot". Well, neither is completely correct. Division into two groups doesn't help in supporting a cause - instead it causes people to feel separated, apart, and hostile towards one another. Posting on these boards in a rant isn't productive really won't get as anywhere - I hope you'll see that.
Hey, any time. I don't post on here as often as I did, say 2 years ago or so, but I try and make the most of what I post. And my first edit was primarily in response to Ed, so I hope you don't take offense to that :)
I love that you didn't come down on me with a thousand hammers though, I really appreciate that. I'm sorry that the trolls are still around, and I think with the way some people are still thinking, it's bound to keep coming, but through a bit of resistance, we'll make "truly" equal rights a reality. Soon enough.
And if you ever need to talk about anything, or anything else, I think I've left my e-mail available to the public to contact, so feel free. :)