This will be my last post for the night, because as you can see I am on my way to getting published...
I want to comment on the idea that teaching discrimination within a church does not hurt any other person's freedoms. Did I understand you correctly...?
How can you even say that? When you teach discrimination within a church, it does not disapear once you walk out that church door does it? Many hate crimes are committed due to discrimination!!! When discrimination is taught to a group of people, that discrimination becomes a part of their lifestyle. Many people believe that religion is part of their life. That would make the discriminatory religious teachings part of their life!!! Therefore, it most certainly DOES affect those liveing around and amongst that religion!
I can give you a personal example:
I come from the LDS capital of the world: Utah
Most of my classmates did not know I was non-denominational until my first years of highschool, where I began to establish my own identity. When I wore large crosses or "inappropriate" clothes; people, friends even, kept telling me, "I thought you were Mormon...!"
Of course, I would tell them, "No, I am Non-Denominational."
Their common response was, "But you are so... Good! I would have thought your would have believed in God."
First of all, because I am "Good" I must be Mormon and because I am Non-Denominational, I do not believe in God.
Part of this is just misunderstanding, but after people found out I was NOT mormon; their views about me changed. They suddenly only noticed my flaws (all of which did not suddenly appear, but have always been a part of me; all humans are flawed)...
No matter where discrimination is taught it does not stay confined to that area, it spreads like a plague! Thaink about that when you say religions should be allowed to practice open discrimination!!!
By the way I am not angry, a little perturbed, but not angry... Just liked the smiley.
One must think about the consequences of our actions! Discrimination, no matter what the pretext, is always harmful and is ALWAYS immoral!!!!