Gay Parents Bashed...What Would You Do?

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 6 years ago in Misc

Would you be a bystander or step in to help if you saw gay parents being berated in public?
There are 133 comments:
Female 36
That letter the guy wrote had me crying.
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Male 2,788
Man, that note the guy wrote made me start tearing up..
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Male 674
Three years ago, I took a leave of absence from life. For over a year, I Hitch-hiked all through the USA and Canada. I stayed the longest period of time(4 months) when I was in Austin, Texas. The tales are as tall as the wild west movies but in truth, Texas is just fine. FULL OF FINE PEOPLE. I can`t wait to go back and meet the friends I`ve made there!
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Male 674
I just found this post! I just read ALL the comments and for once davymid openly repented to all others at the end of his diatribes?

That`s Biblical!

These folks with thousands of posts deep into IAB? They must be shut-ins?
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Female 7
@Davymid - you are right on about the absolving of the Old Testament laws and how Christians still yet cling to them. The OT laws were meant to be a lesson in futility. They were written by men (thus why they are also known as the Mosaic Laws), and look how many various and sundry laws there are! Then, God took those laws into His own hands and showed that He could do better than man by covering all the same ground in 10 simple commandments. When Jesus was put to death, He not only suffered the penalty for breaking commandments, but the old laws died with Him, leaving only the 10 commandments to remain. Notice, there is no commandment, not one, against homosexuality. Anything a human can do to willfully hurt another human is covered in "Love thy neighbor as thyself" (so, pedophilia which is psychologically damaging fits in there). God`s Law is perfect, encompassing all things. If He really, truly, abhorred homosexuality, it`d be in there, and it`s not.
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Female 7
Being from Texas, and frequently ashamed of my state and some of its less-than-intelligent choices and common behaviors, I was so proud of my state seeing this. Christians take note - the man who confronted the waitress and wrote the note? THAT`S a child of God. He didn`t state whether he ultimately agreed or disagreed with their sexuality, and that wasn`t the point. He addressed the fact that no one has the right to judge anyone. Jesus lived a sinless life and is above reproach, we are not, thus why only He has the right to judge. If you, as a "Christian" do not live by that simple ideal, you are fatally mistaken. One simple decree - Love thy neighbor. You cannot possibly have love for your neighbor if you`re looking down your nose at them.
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Male 29
The only reason you would think otherwise about Texas is liberal media slant.
We felt your cold shoulders but thought it was one of those jealous rage things.
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Female 961
wtf? gays can be refused service in 29 states? actually I was pretty touched when that guy gave her the note.
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Male 291
I think this might show that there still is southern hospitality.
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Female 330
This actually surprised me...Farmers Branch--one of the most conservative areas of Dallas...being this supportive? I`m impressed. I really want to hug that guy who wrote the letter.
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Male 5,194
This isn`t "news", this is "Candid Camera".
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Male 1
Wow, I have a new found respect for the people of Texas.
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Male 694
Morals and politics are 2 different things. It`s always fun to see exceptions to stereotypes.
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Male 382
REALLY?!?!?! "poor kids"? Someone is really posting this? How about the kids that wouldn`t have a home if a gay couple didn`t adopt them? If you really think all kids should be raised in a typical home, then you should start a program that gets them all adobted. Otherwise, praise the family, regardless of the makeup, that have given these "poor kids" a home!
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Male 4,745
Some really strange and unexpected posts from the members here...

My opinion? I thought the video was great!
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Male 31
Wait there`s tolerant people in America too? :O
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Male 802
I have been the victim of bigotry before but I dunno the setup here seems so fake. You really think a waitress who works for tips is going to throw away a tip from 4 meals and almost certainly lose her job? This scenario is so just so painfully fake.
The only thing that shocks me about this video other than the stuff that is just acting is that people interfered and then stayed in the restaurant. It`s common knowledge that if you piss of the waitress they will spit in your food. I guess if I were in this situation (as a bystander) I would report it to the manager and leave the restaurant. But still man it just seems so implausible of a situation.
What would be more interesting to me is to not even have the waitress be a crazy bigot but just see if anyone reacts negatively towards them. I`m pretty sure it just wouldn`t happen.
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Male 3,477
Entrapment sucks on any level.

He told her to leave and not ask for the manager or owner? FAKE!
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Male 5,189
I wonder if my sister ever goes through this with her wife and kids. Lucky for me I was raised to accept things like this so I can so I`d do the same as the first guy.
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Male 928
That first guy was pretty awesome. He was all cool and calm about it. His new nickname should be "situation man" or something.
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Female 155
That was so great to watch =)
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Female 956
It breaks my heart that people can be so cruel; but seeing someone stand up is refreshing...even if it is a farce scenario.
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Female 515
that made my eyes rain
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Female 74
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak for me.
-Martin Niemöller

Christ Himself spent most of His time among those that the society of the time considered "the dregs"...not preaching at them, but talking TO them, as humans. No matter their sin. THAT is what "Christianity" is. Not the bigoted, holier-than-thou bile Christians have allowed to become "the faith". The shame is on us collectively, for not speaking out against such hatred.
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Male 3
Just need to point out that people in NY are more apt to keep to themselves than folks in Texas. It was good to see people have empathy for others.
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Male 490
Thank you Davy, I do notice that as well and it puzzles me. I see more Christians that are more concerned with the OT laws than what Jesus had taught. Those people claim to be "Christ like", which is what a Christian is supposed to be, but are far from it. Now personally, I have nothing against homosexuality. I believe that God made them that way for a reason, and yet so many fail to recognize such.. it breaks my heart to see those I consider my `brothers and sisters` in Christ to do so much wrong and hurt to others..
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Male 12,138
Final note, and deep apologies for the Wall o` Text.

I`ve had the privilege of visiting Texas 6 times in the past two years (Houston mainly, also Dallas). And I`ve personally found the people there to be some of the most welcoming, friendly and candid folks I have ever met. I hope I get to go back there next year. Southern Americans are some of the most awesome people I`ve ever met.

My experience is that Texans are great people. The kind of people I`d like to have as neighbours. To my fellow Euro-peons, it`s a good spot, trust me.
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Male 12,138
Also, why pick that particular verse out of Leviticus and not others? Eating lobster, wearing clothes made of two different materials (polyester-cotton blend, you`re f*cked), cutting your hair, working on the sabbath...

I hear so many Christians telling us how Jesus absolved us of that ancient law, yet so MANY seem to cling desperately to the gay-hate in particular. I just don`t get it. Jesus was all about love. Jesus said frig all about homosexuality. Why pick on the couple of OT verses on homosexuality and not the others?

Man, I`m tired, and I swore I wouldn`t comment on this thread, but something about it made my blood boil. But I`ll end with the predictable quote from Mahatma Gandhi:

"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ”.
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Male 12,138
You claim that judging is not your place, but you`re an enabler for this kind of crap. Which I guess speaks back to Gerry`s comment on page one: "Note to the IAB christians here. From the perspective of us non-religious types, you guys come off looking like that waitress. Judgemental and mean spirited. I`m sure most of you don`t mean it that way, but from this side of the table, that`s how you look. Does that explain the popularity of christian bashing?"

Gerry, I would say, yes, yes it does. As long as the belief persists that homosexuality is a "perversion", akin to pedophilia and beastiality, then I`m afraid gay people are always going to be vilified by Christians by this kind of crap. Look, I have no skin in the game. No-one in my family is gay. But for you, Crakrjak, to apportion the tag of "pervert" to people who are gay (10% of the species, at the last count), is just you being a dick. Just my take on it.
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Male 12,138
Very well, you may not be an outspoken judge, but you, and many people like you, consider gay people to be perverts. Yours is a passive prejudice. Just because you don`t challenge people openly, does not change the undercurrent of support for such bigotry that Christians like you provide. Bluntly, you think all homosexuals are perverts. I`m not gay, but if I were, I`d be deeply offended by that. You might restrain yourself from expressing it openly, but I`d still find it an abhorrent, knowing that that is what is in your heart.

At risk of invoking Godwin`s law, are quiet Nazi sympathisers any better than active Nazis?
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Male 12,138
Crakrjak said: "As a Christian I don`t approve of any sinful lifestyle, But It`s not my place to be their judge."

Crackrjak, dude, you yourself a while back equated homosexuality with "polygamy, pedophiles marrying their victims, animal marriage, and other perversions". Hell, here`s the LINK
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Male 271
makes me proud to be texan the fact that the person agreeing with the waitress was the anomaly and donovans note brought a tear to my eye this to me shows that the south is still drating awesome and not everyone is a a$$hole yet
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Male 2,592
I don`t give Texas much credit, but, I have to say "nicely done" this time.
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Male 490
@AngryYouth `People` claim a lot of things, tis why its best not to listen to what `people` say and just go find out for yourself.
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Male 734
Yet people claim that people in the south are backward and hatemongers. I`m happy to see people who are willing to stand up for what is right. We need more patriots in this country.
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Male 26
Donovan kicks ass.
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Male 2,868
@Scuzoid- You`re probably right- those states are all probably states that allow businesses to refuse to serve anyone for any reason. I`ve seen signs stating "we reserve the right to refuse service to ANYONE" in numerous stores. On the other hand, I`m guessing that anti discrimination laws in at least some states would permit customers to bring a discrimination suit against a business if they cold prove a pattern of refusing service to gay people or people of a particular ethnicity.
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Male 59
is there any way we can make Donovan famous, the bloke`s awesome
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Male 153
Awww :`) that`s awesome. But the abruptness of the guy with the thumbs up made me laugh =\ but whatever. I would have gone ape poo on that waiter.
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Male 1,268
"Gays can be refused service in 29 states still?"

As has been pointed out, it`s quite likely to not be "gays" who are denied service, but rather ANYONE with no reason needed. Personally, I can`t find anything stating sexual orientation is a valid reason to be denied service in my state, but my state DOES allow for a denial of service to anyone with no reason needed.
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Male 267
If I were anything less than super extremely manly that donovan note would have made me cry too.

Seriously though, that guy is awesome.
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Female 1,148
Why aren`t I married to Donovan?
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Female 3,598
yeah seriously the note from that donovan guy made me cry. real actual tears.
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Female 62
Ya, that note totally made me cry.
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Male 177
Gays can be refused service in 29 states still? Wow...

And poor kids? Why poor kids?
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Male 362
they`re born that way, what are they supposed to do, stay inside or curl up and die? I think nature would make this kids perfectly fine.
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Female 2,120
Aw, now I`m weeping because of that Donovan guy :`)
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Male 626
"I`m really getting tired of homosexual stuff.
The waitress is acting inappropriatly.
But I agree with her... poor kids."

I feel bad for the kids also, but only because there are people like you in the world. It`s not like the kids are going to catch `the gay`.
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Male 976
mykunter, you are a terrible person. I can tell you I`ve known a few kids who were raised by gay parents and every single one of them are fantastic people. Watch This
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Male 621
I teared up when he handed her that inspirational note. :`)
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Female 38
was not expecting that from the guy with the earrings, bless! :)
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Male 916
"an abomination is an abomination be it non-white or gay."

i sincerely hope that`s either trolling or a misinterpretation on my behalf.
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Male 2,436
I`m really getting tired of homosexual stuff.
The waitress is acting inappropriately.
But I agree with her... poor kids.
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Male 40,271

It`s obvious that waitress wasn`t from Texas.

Her hair was no where big enough!
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Male 551
The comparison with New York was soooo unfair.
You can`t compare a small town (Which, by the looks of the
restaurant it seemed like it was) with a big city, it`s a
whole different culture... As the people on New York said,
they are there just to eat and it`s not of their business...

That`s how big city`s people are, they mind their own lives
and that`s all that matters, is not wrong, is just how life
in the cities is

BUT... I do see a good support for gay people all around the
globe, the time is coming, when everybody can express their
feelings for the person they love

The internetz looks like a better place, at least for these 7 minutes
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Male 248
This video implies that not one person in the restaurant is against same-sex marriage and that not supporting homosexuality is equivalent to standing by and watching someone get mugged.
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Male 4,902
I hate all the stereotypes Texans get. We arent all gun toting redneck racists. Whether or not we agree with homosexuality or whatever, one thing i can tell you about Texas is, that we believe in southern hospitality. Where im from, that waitress would have been chased out the front door for acting like that. Dont believe all the stereotypes you see on tv.
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Male 40,271

Scuzoid [quote]"Gays hate republicans" [/quote]

Not true. I`m totally in love with one republican.
Aaron Schock, republican congressman from Illinois
and current coverboy for Mens Health WOOF!


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Female 68
an abomination is an abomination be it non-white or gay. :P
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Male 133
LMFAO waitress is a WIN!
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Male 411
ELE! EVERYBODY LOVE EVERYBODY! - Jackie Moon
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Male 875
"...but you high-fived her."
"That was for the food"

i lol`d
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Male 985
bawwww
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Male 483
I live in Texas, and human courtesy is very much alive here. One example was when a friend of mine from Wisconsin came to visit. On the drive home from the airport, we went to a Chili`s. A man with his girlfriend opened the door for us. I thanked him, but my friend looked bothered. He later asked if the guy was insulting us, implying we were weak or womanly.

I also visited him in his small Wisconsin town. I went into a convenience store and said hi to the cashier/manager. She responded with telling me "You`ve got 1 minute to find what you want and get out. I close in 30 minutes and I don`t have time for you." Now, I`m no punk, and I was absolutely not rude, but she clearly only saw me as some kid that she thought was going to waste her time or steal. There is a HUGE cultural difference from my experience, my examples not being my only encounters.
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Male 684
I like in Dallas, farmers branch is part of Dallas,in fact I live on the same street as this restaurant...What you have to understand is that Dallas is not the typical city in Texas. We have a very large gay and lesbian community.We have plenty of bigots as well, they just tend to be the minority in the city. Go to any small town in Texas and the chances are the results would be very different.
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Female 1,589
God dammit, this show always makes me cry for some reason. T__T
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Male 1,268
are and not what they associate themselves with.
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Male 1,268
"It`s just the one`s that say outrageous things are the ones who get on TV."

Not just TV, nor just christians/muslims. It`s all media, including youtube, and all human divisions. There is no interest in a christian donating 100 bucks to a child welfare org. No interest in a gay calling in what sounds like a domestic abuse next door. No interest in a cop safely arresting someone who just mugged a single mother of two. These things happen every day, they simple aren`t reported, and the net result is apparently "Athiests hate Christians" "American`s hate Muslims" "Whites hate blacks" "Gays hate republicans" so on and so forth when the reality is the "christians/ muslims/ blacks/ republicans" we`re normally shown in the media are almost always worth our collective hate.

You guys generally need to get over your divides and realize there are plenty of people on this planet worth hating, but it`s because of who they
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Male 661
I`m starting to get sick of this crud. The silent majority being villified by the vocal minority. I am having a hard time believing that people can`t see that this is what it is.

Read the durned (Christian) Bible. It`s a pretty decent book, and for the most part, tells you to do good stuff. Selma Hayek has a great line in Dogma, (Sorta a paraphrase) "...She really hates all that stuff you do in her name..." Seriously, last time I checked, Jesus wasn`t an non-nice individual, but seems to be a nice enough dude.

I really hope the irony is not lost on those people who bash Christians for being all a bunch of intolerant bigits.
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Male 68
I absolutely did not expect that, especially in Texas. I would definitely say christians get a bad rap, being English, you don`t meet many die hard christians, so the only time you see anything about them is when there are anti gay protesters and the like on the news. I would say its mostly the same with the Muslims. I grew up with loads of Muslim friends, and none of them wanted to kill me because I was a white westerner, or tret me any differently, It`s just the one`s that say outrageous things are the ones who get on TV.

There are always going to be intolerant people in any group, even atheists, we just need to learn to get along. I don`t think that , if there is a God, it is going to love someone more because they judge others, surely thats for it to do, not us. And if there isn`t one, why waste our time on this earth with hating others?
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Male 247
Gerry, you are cracking me up, dude!
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Male 976
This video isn`t about being religious, it`s about being a good person - you can be whatever religion you want, just put being a good person before your religion.
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Male 1,083
the men who stood up for the dads seemed gay themselves.
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Male 12
@satkela
actually I AM a Christian. I just do not protect people who are being "Verbally" abused because of their known sin. If someone was being physically attacked I would stop it. I do not know where you got that from me saying I would not stand up for them. awfully ambiguous of you to assume that much of me.
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Male 490
I can almost picture Jesus slapping some of these `christians` who claim to be `christ like` and yet do not follow his teachings.

Also, Deuteronomy is in the old testament. Things changed after Jesus came, but of course there are still quite a few people who are more wrapped up into the `law` of the church.
Just my thoughts and beliefs.
~Live and let live.
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Male 25,416
meh...
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Male 137
My feelings toward Texans have just changed drastically. This was amazing
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Male 40,271
drama drama drama

To be clear, I was trying to say that many christians come acrossed as meanspirited as the waitress in the video. I did not say I think all christians are. I guess you`re so used to interpreting the bible you chouldn`t help but interpret what I really meant to say.

...okay... that was mean. I apologize.

Aedran - [quote]"I`m a bisexual Catholic and I have a gay cousin who is Baptist Christian." [/quote]
Your whole family is going to hell.

KIDDING! Just a joke! put the lynching rope away.
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Male 505
[quote]Then you must not be a Christian sweetie[/quote]

No true scotsman.
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Male 71
is born of man with no biblical basis.
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Male 71
Satkela

that hate the sin not the sinner weaksauce is the result of the p*ssyfication of the christian faith through false teachers.. lets see what God says about sinners in Deuteronomy Chapter 13 starting at verse 6

"If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, 7 gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), 8 do not yield to them or listen to them. Show them no pity. Do not spare them or shield them. 9 You must certainly put them to death. Your hand must be the first in putting them to death, and then the hands of all the people."

now im not at all saying we should go out and kill sinners, the bible also says that only he who is without sin is able to cast stones. all im saying is that the hate the sin not the sinner idea
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Female 584
@Chalaque: Then you must not be a Christian sweetie. The word of God tells us to hate the sin, not the sinner. You mean to tell me that if a homosexual or a prostitute was getting berating or beaten up on, that you wouldn`t try to do anything at all to help that poor person? That`s what Jesus did. It doesn`t matter what sin a person commits you are supposed to still treat that person as just what they are...human beings.
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Male 71
aedran dont take it personal but saying ur a bisexual catholic and your cousin is a gay baptist is kinda like me saying im a muslim who loves bacon or a jew who hates money.. it just doesnt fit

you should definitely find new religions cuz the God your worshipping looks unfavorably upon homosexual behavior.. but then again He doesnt like paganism either so your kinda already lost on that one since you`re a catholic
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Female 584
@Gerry
You must have been meeting some real asshats then. Not all Christians are judgmental and in-your-face.
Just like I choose to believe that not all Athiest are cynical Christianity-bashing pricks (even though some IAB members seem to just about prove me wrong at almost every christian based post on this site)
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Male 12
sorry but i would not stand up for the Gay people because I do not think a sexual perversion of the mind should be protected or honored. We don`t go around praising women who sleep with every person they can we call then whores even though that is there natural flesh desires. Homosexual is a flash desire. I have flesh desire to sleep with every woman I see but I dont because I choose the right thing. so no I do not think it should be protected sorry if that offends you
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Male 71
@gerry

bashing gays bad! bashing christians good! raaaah!

thats what you sound like
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Male 382
@Bonnicalyn

Since when does admitting that everyone is flawed make someone "High and mighty?" You seem to be coming off a little bit that way yourself, since you can speak for the creator as to what`s wrong and right.
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Male 2,389
and yet another example why we`ll never move forward.
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Male 40,271

elkingo - [quote]"When you make general statements about how ignorant Christians are" [/quote]
I never made any such statement. Perhaps you are confusing me with some other strickingly handsome guy.

[quote]"If you seriously believe that most Christians are like that waitress, You`re wrong." [/quote]
I said you inadvertantly appear that way, not that I belive it...please read all of the words in the sentance.

[quote]"when you degrade and make fun of my faith." [/quote]
When did I do that? Must have been another blackout. Damn you Grey Goose!

My note to IAB christians was to point out how you are percieved NOT what you believe. But since your outburst / tirade, they can all see for themselves.

Thank you for the demostration.

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Female 4
Note to the still high and mighty christians justifying themselves with,
"I`ve sinned too. So why judge them?" Give it a rest. Loving someone isn`t a "sin." I`d also like to point out, the same section of your bible that says so, also says not to talk to a woman on their period.
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Female 295
@Gerry

Really? I find that it is you who come off this way. You are generalizing. It`s actually a fair minority of Christians who would praise the waitress`s behavior and it`s more likely the older generation. I`m a bisexual Catholic and I have a gay cousin who is Baptist Christian. I don`t judge people based on what skin they have, where they are from, or what they do in the bedroom. I don`t judge based on religion. I base it on what type of person you are, and so far you have come off like a hateful, hypocritical person.

Fact is, if my child came up to me and said "I am gay", I`d give them a hug and tell them "Thank you for telling me. I love you." Because that`s what`s written in the Bible. Love thy neighbor.
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Male 10,440
[quote] Does that explain the popularity of christian bashing? [/quote]
*raises hand*
Maybe for some.

I bash cause` they`re wrong. Isn`t that enough?

Also, I live in a pretty forward thinking part of Canada and I`ve never seen any animosity whatsoever toward gays or non-believers... so the whole retaliation thing doesn`t work with me.
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Male 382
@Crakr. I love what you said in your last post and Amen. My sins nailed him to the cross as much as anyone else`s. In Joh 3:16, the bible says that God so loved the WORLD... That`s everyone.
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Female 584
Bashing of any kind is not right and should not be tolerated. I couldn`t even finish watching this because it made me sick. I may not believe in homosexuality or same sex parents but I`m not going to be an asshat and try to call out somebody else because of their lifestyle to make myself feel more superior.
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Male 382
Heart Warming.
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Female 3,696
drat all the debate in the comments. This video legit made me cry. I judged the boy who wrote the note when I first saw him, definitely didn`t expect him to step up and his note had me in tears. Beautifully written and such a lovely sentiment.
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Male 7,839
crakr, one guy did bite, did you miss the thumbs up and high-five.

but thats beside the point. i do agree with you that most christians catch a bad rap for an ignorant few. I know many christians that have no personal quarrel with homosexuality. but like with all groups, the most vocal are the ones who are remembered. it just so happens that the ones who are the most vocal dont usually have good things to say.
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Female 4,492
wow, cringe cringe cringe.
you can refuse to serve gay people? who is that possible?
if this happened in nz, i would be speechless that it actually happened, then get over it and kick some ass.
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Male 490
The second guy was amazing.. we need more people like him.
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Male 505
[quote]What`s not mentioned is that this is a ABC 20/20 setup to watch people`s reactions, The waitress and the lesbian couple w/ kids are all actors.[/quote]

That is mentioned. Watch the video.

What impressed me the most was the second guy. I was very suprised with what he had to say, and very impressed.
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Male 268
Next I`m in the States gonna visit Texas.
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Male 1,268
For some reason I read rogue_knight`s quote as though he was stating the "tormentor`s" in these video`s should be making spectacles of themselves. Rereading it I see I made a mistake. My point still stands.
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Male 17,511
Gerry: I`ve worked with and lived next door to homosexuals, It never crossed my mind to bash them like this waitress did.

If you seriously believe that most Christians are like that waitress, You`re wrong. There may be some overtly bigoted ones, like the WBC idiots, But they are in the minority.

As a Christian I don`t approve of any sinful lifestyle, But It`s not my place to be their judge. Everyone sins, No one sin is lesser or greater in God`s eyes, If God forgives sin and Jesus paid the debt for all sins, Then I have to believe those sins are covered by his grace, Even the ones we may particularly despise like murder, rape, etc. If I believe in Christ and he`s forgiven my sins, i have to believe he`ll forgive others of there sins too, No matter what they may be.

So why as a confessed sinner would I bash someone that may need forgiveness as I did ? I apologize if you`ve encountered some `high-n-mighty` types before Gerry.
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Male 5,620
@ Gerry - "Does that explain the popularity of christian bashing?"

No. It does not explain it, nor does it justify it. I have gay friends, and I even supervise a lesbian co-worker. I get a long just fine with them. I am a Christian, and I love everyone.

When you make general statements about how ignorant Christians are, or how bigoted they can be, you include me in that number.

I don`t think that is just at all.

You make Christians like me feel like the gay couple in this video when you degrade and make fun of my faith. It is a poor excuse for your behavior because people are "judgemental and mean spirited."

That`s what you are being toward the rest of the population of Christians.
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Male 1,268
"they shouldnt make spectacles of themselves either"

This is pretty much the flaw with this show. I`m certain I`d intervene in almost all of the scenario`s this show proposes simply because the scenario`s are so ridiculously dramatic no one would fault me for intervening. If this waitress simply shook her head and said "Ugh." when the women explained their situation, like in actual reality, no, I somehow doubt anyone would step in to prevent the waitress from coughing on their food.

All of that said, 5cats might`ve actually done some research before claiming the show is entirely staged. Check out the Mean Girls (The park bullying) scenario and the Young girl in danger (park kidnapping). Same spectator on a different day in both episodes. Might be a coincidence, might not.
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Male 7,839
its not a difference in conservative/liberal or newyork/texas but more of small town and big city. when in public in a small town people are more open to talking to strangers and are overall more comfortable with themselves around others. In a big city, people tend to be more reserved in public. they stay to themselves and rarely get involved in others problems. that is why the people in new york said nothing, while the people in texas spoke up.
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Male 1,610
Holy crap, GO TEXAS! That was the first time I`ve seen this show and thought it was in any way appropriate for the people around to intervene. I still think that host is a toolbag though.
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Female 2,674
What I find interesting is the way the public reacts to gay women vs. gay men. I act like a normal couple when I`m with a woman (hold hands, occasional kiss, loud drunk fights at TGIFridays etc)... and I can only remember 2 times being confronted by people. And we`re talking about 7 or 8 years of public outness, here.
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Male 868
OK-people are people and can be good or bad parents if they are gay or straight. On the other hand there were alot of flaming guys in the video which was somewhat skewed from a perspective. SO while they shouldnt be discriminated against they shouldnt make spectacles of themselves either.
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Male 535
that was amazing and really touching
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Male 40,271

Note to the IAB christians here.

From the perspective of us non-religious types, you guys come off looking like that waitress. Judgemental and mean spirited. I`m sure most of you don`t mean it that way, but from this side of the table, that`s how you look.

Does that explain the popularity of christian bashing?
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Male 17,511
What`s not mentioned is that this is a ABC 20/20 setup to watch people`s reactions, The waitress and the lesbian couple w/ kids are all actors.

I`ve never seen gay/lesbian couples ever bashed in a public place. I don`t know what ABC was expecting, were they expecting Texans to join in with the waitress ? Were they expecting a 1960`s style uproar ? Seriously ABC, Do you liberals really believe people in Texas would bite on that sort of baiting ?
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Male 265
From the numbers at the end, half the time one or two people out of 10ish adults stood up...
The other half not a single person out of 10ish intervened...

Being very generous with the numbers here, 5-10% of the restaurant patrons came to the rescue. Gooo false hope!!!
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Male 1,008
only a couple of canadien lemmings here? where are all the eurolemmings? pretty quiet from that croud. come on IAB give us another "America sucks because...." post and feed the lemmings
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Female 2,674
*Pukes in mouth* This is why I don`t watch reality tv. I HATE this sh*t. "They`re all actors." No effing way, I couldn`t tell by their horrible line deliveries...

But I did choke down the whole vid, just so I could potentially participate in the oncoming flame war.
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Male 10,440
[quote] uses actors for ALL the parts, but looks like they`re "real people". [/quote]

I highly doubt that. The whole point is to get a reaction from a random person. Something that is spontaneous and makes you reflect on the local culture. Not to mention it would cost 10x as much to hire every last person as an actor.
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Male 40,271

The kids I`ve seen grow up with gay parents turned out every bit as screwed up as those with straight parents. So what`s the problem?

But I guarantee if they tried this in my home town of Dove Creek there would be two orphans now.

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Male 410
It`s too bad we don`t show this side of ourselves at the polls. I mean us Texans
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Male 688
Most states if not all have the right to refuse service to anyone. The host of this simple bends this to serve their purposes. If restaurants can refuse service to people, and gays are people, then restaurants can refuse service to gays.

It`s when people use misinformation like this that things get all twisted out of shape. Obviously trying to recruit people to their cause.

Other than that, it`s nice to see good people standing up for others even if some of them do have to play the god card, kinda pathetic when you have to bring fantasy into a real world defense of another individual.
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Female 833
proud to be the sister in law of a texan ;) way to go restaurant patrons!!!
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Male 7,123
Actually very moving. What nice people.
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Male 70
Wow I would`ve never thought Texas would be the place where people stood up for gays. Good for them and the guy with the note almost got me in tears. Gays should be allowed to live there lives just as anyone else. its no ones place to judge them or anyone else for anything.
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Male 3,894
The woman in blue is way too pretty for the woman in green.

The ending was lame, where they tried to be controversial.. "In New York, only 12 people stood up." That`s about the same number you showed in this clip...
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Male 1,196
wow this show just states that it is okay for gay people to have kids. I disagree with that, but i`m going to be civilized and nice to them out in public.
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Female 843
The part with the note brought me to tears. Some people are so awesome.

There have been so many time when I`ve wanted to say something, but I admit, I`m too scared to actually do anything :(
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Male 41,182
Is this from that fictional show that "pretends" to be reality? You know, uses actors for ALL the parts, but looks like they`re "real people".

In other words, garbage TV.
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Female 89
Awwww that guy that wrote the letter, so cute...It made me want to squish him
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Male 498
the second guy made me shed a tear, wish all people were like him :,)
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Male 10,440
What I mean by that is that it`s not as bad as... Islamic Africa or something...
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Male 10,440
"question their life choices"

Looks like they`ve got far to go... but... it`s not quite as bad as I thought it was.

Although it`s still pretty bad.
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Male 689
good to see Texas step up and not be ruled by the bad stereotypes.
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Female 2,769
I saw this Friday- WAY TO GO TEXAS!!!!!
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Female 8,043
Link: Gay Parents Bashed...What Would You Do? [Rate Link] - Would you be a bystander or step in to help if you saw gay parents being berated in public?
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