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Godless last won the day on September 23 2021

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  1. I don't have any LGBTQ family members, but if I did I'm sure we'd never hear the end of it from my MAGA grandfather. He's been quite vocal to my parents about his disapproval of my son's long hair, and you should have seen his face the last time I saw him when I told him my son was the only white kid in his kindergarten class. Luckily, and quite ironically, he lives in the southern tip of Texas and we don't have to see him in-person much.
  2. It's a mixed bag, and the "Utah effect" may come into play. The Church is so prominent in Utah that a lot of apostates have a hard time letting go. I don't frequent online exmo sites anymore, but when I did it seemed like most of the angriest and most bitter apostates were Utah natives. My IRL experience with the Church, its members, and its former members is almost exclusively outside of Utah, and I just don't see the level of hostility towards the Church that you and JAG are describing.
  3. I'm guessing it's the fact that she basically chose Isabella's husband for her. I haven't watched it in a while, but IIRC, Isabella was interested in someone else.
  4. Telling an irreligious person to pray in times of strife is tantamount to someone telling an LDS person to carry around crystals that have been charged with moon water. Imagine hearing that regularly from loved ones. It gets old. Respect for boundaries is a good start, and it goes both ways. My parents don't send missionaries to my house and I don't cuss or talk bad about religion around them. I have no doubt that they still pray for my spiritual well-being in private, and I take no issue with that. Once these boundaries were established, we eventually found ways to be closer with each other as a family, and I can't stress enough that they've been immensely helpful and supportive during the difficulties that I've gone through recently, and they've done it without invoking religion. I think that's all most LGBTQ people want: a family that respects their life choices even if they don't agree with them, and who can be depended upon for love and emotional support without religious strings attached. The catch is that they (the LGBTQ family member) also needs to respect the lifestyles of their religious family members, and sometimes that's just as hard as it is for religious people to not invoke God and church to loved ones who are going through rough times.
  5. It's rare that LGBTQ* individuals alienate themselves from religious family members without provocation. The religious family members often make the LGBTQ individual feel unwanted and unloved, and so the LGBTQ person loses their support system through no fault of their own (it shouldn't need to be said, but "Come back to church/Talk to your bishop/Try praying about it" are not supportive statements). I'm not saying that the scenario you're portraying is non-existent, but it's naive to assume that religiously orthodox families are generally accepting and supportive of deviants. If nothing else, some of the things I read on this very website (and elsewhere) makes me skeptical that support without judgement is the norm among the religious. *Replace "LGBTQ" with "atheist" and you have my personal lived experience. I had a very strained relationship with my family, and my parents in particular, for over a decade. I recently learned from my sister that there was a time when we were teenagers that she felt like she wasn't allowed to be nice to me or try to be my friend because of the constant conflict between my parents and I. After I moved out I was constantly being bombarded with religious literature, and it was hard to have a conversation with my parents without my status with the church being brought up. And no, I wasn't guiltless in our estrangement either. It took time, and there's still room for improvement, but things eventually got better, largely due to therapy and a life-shattering event that happened earlier this year. Through all those years, I wanted a supportive family. I just didn't feel like I had one until I finally had a very difficult talk with them about the ways they try to "help" me.
  6. I never thought that you and I would be in agreement that capitalism is a freedom-killer, but here we are. 😉 Sure, there was massive surge on Thursday because people thought the entire platform was about to implode. I believe I mentioned Gab earlier in this thread as an example of what Twitter shouldn't become. To my knowledge, Gab is the closest a platform has come to the free speech utopia you want, and it's truly an ugly place filled with conspicuous antisemites and white supremacists, literal swastika-brandishing Nazis, and 1/6 apologists, all under the banner of Christian values. I don't want any prominent social media platform to turn into that, and I would hope that any true follower of Christ wouldn't either.
  7. Here's what I know: - A long-time Twitter employee publicly corrected Musk after Musk posted a factually incorrect (according to the employee) tweet regarding Twitter's functionality. After a bit of a back-and-forth, the employee was fired. It's hard to argue that he didn't deserve to be fired, but it gives an idea of how the new boss was perceived by his employees. - On Wednesday, Twitter employees received the following memo: A lot of the rumors over the past two days are related to what happened when the deadline hit on Thursday. I haven't seen any verified information about how many people quit or the breakdown by department, but I saw multiple reports that over 75% of their engineering and infrastructure department staffs left. That's what triggered Thursday night's fuss over whether or not Twitter would still be functional the next morning (it was and still is). Are you referring to his "freedom of reach" remark? Some sort of moderation was always going to be necessary in order to satisfy advertisers, and Twitter won't last long without advertising revenue, especially after the Twitter Blue fiasco. Personally, I have a hard time believing that moderation will be nearly as stringent as it was pre-Elon, especially since it's becoming increasing likely that Trump will be allowed back in the platform.
  8. You're not wrong. It's a bit trite, but I'll confess that "petulant pimple" gave me a good laugh.
  9. Eh, it's a stretch but I don't think he's that far off. Politicization of university curriculums by the government is a dangerous game to play. Telling a university which ideas of race and gender its allowed to promote and which are off limits does indeed sound a bit dystopian.
  10. Another issue that may heat up in future local elections: marijuana. With Maryland and Missouri voting to fully legalize MJ, it is now fully legal in 18 states (and due to GOP confusion, THC edibles/seltzers are legal in Minnesota). States that haven't legalized, many of them solidly red states, are going to be under increasing pressure to do so. Another electoral note about Minnesota, my current state of residence: our third party in local elections has historically called themselves the "Legal Marijuana Now" Party, and it's generally believed that the votes they siphon in local elections would otherwise go to Dems. With our state senate flipping blue, full legalization is probably on deck by 2024. That could have major ramifications for elections in state-level and congressional districts (like mine) where the third party votes are often larger than the GOP margin of victory. Minnesota is currently blueish-purple. Full legalization could turn it solidly blue.
  11. Lol! Just because Biden CAN take credit for something doesn't mean he necessarily deserves it (like Reagan "ending the Cold War"). In this case, he had a metaphorical gun to his head. He relieved student debt because it was the electorally prudent thing to do, not because it was the morally right thing to do.
  12. I think all of the factors you mentioned are true, although I would also give some credit to Stacy Abrams and others who worked to mobilize black voters for helping to make Georgia purple. Another element that I've seen discussed by people who follow these trends more closely than I do: Hispanic voters. The GOP took losses in AZ and lost the House district in Texas that covers the HEAVILY Hispanic Rio Grande Valley. This is being blamed on aggressive border messaging. Believe it or not, a lot of Hispanic Americans support strong border security, which is why their support isn't always automatic for Dems. But GOP messaging around the border has gotten increasingly aggressive and at times flat-out dehumanizing. Hispanic voters who came here legally (or whose ancestors did so) don't want people coming here illegally. But they're also tired of seeing people from their ethnic background constantly demonized and blamed for crime, drugs, and human trafficking. I think a lot of them finally hit a breaking point with the GOP rhetoric around the border. There's also been some finger-pointing within the GOP in Michigan, where Gretchen Whitmer won reelection and the state legislature was flipped blue, giving Dems a legislative "trifecta". The GOP focused a lot of their messaging on gender issues (trans athletes, drag shows, etc) and got their butts handed to them. Some MI Republicans think the messaging should have been more focused on crime and the economy, the former being given credit for flipping some NY seats red.
  13. I can't believe that this is still a thing. This is the first time since Bush (during wartime) that Congress hasn't solidly flipped during a president's first midterm. Whether or not Biden is directly to credit for that* is irrelevant. Dems are going to rally around him and take their victory lap. Replacing him with Kamala was never on the table, not two years ago and definitely not now. It's nothing more than another right-wing conspiracy theory. *I think this could go either way, honestly. I think SCOTUS nuking Roe and states taking advantage of it was a huge motivator for Dems, as well as a lot of pro-choice independents and maybe even some moderate Republicans. I also think the student loan relief plan was a good motivator for Gen Z and Millennial voters, and that's something Biden can take direct credit for.