You need to understand something about me that escapes a few here, Ian.
First, I have libertarian tendencies. That generally means I don't like being told what to do - especially by the government. That means that as long as you and your friends engage in activity that doesn't endanger the lives or welfare of others, I'm cool with it.
It also means I have a tendency to ignore the law on occasion. I can't tell you how many tickets I got for doing 65 in a 55 back when they had that stretch of road between Richmond and Charlottesville down to a 55 mph speed limit. After getting so many tickets that it affected my insurance rates and got me close to losing my license, I bought a radar detector - which is illegal in the state of Virginia. So they'd catch me jamming my brakes on when "pulsing" me from an Interestate entrance ramp, and pull me over. Since I was faster at slowing my car down than they were at locking in on me, all they could do was ask for my license and radar detector. And when I complied and they ticketed me, they'd ask me if I was going to continue to use it. And I told them "I can't lie. I will use it in the future." They appreciated my polite honesty, and sent me on my way.
Nothing personal, mind you. I am the kind of guy who will ignore a law I find unjust. And I don't take it personally when I get nailed, and I go to court and plead my case in a most respectful manner. I rarely get a harsh sentence because I am both honest and polite. In fact many times they just gave me traffic school. And let me tell you - I am a VERY educated driver!
This also means, Ian, that I'm the kind of guy who will defend the right of some white supremacist to spew his hate. I may abhor the message, but I'd rather these people be out in public where we know whom they are and what they think. I believe everyone has the right to make an ass of themselves, and believe it's best when all these thoughts and thinkers can get out into the disinfecting light of day. Let the extremists scream at the extremists. It keeps them out of our lives!
Remember, being libertarian or (in my case) having libertarian tendencies does NOT mean that you don't have a point of view. I don't particularly care for people who smoke near me
, but I'll tolerate Philip Morris being located here in Virginia because I believe they have a legitimate right to exist.
Kids and adolescents are different. As a libertarian, I also don't appreciate the government telling me how to raise my own kids. And I don't appreciate anyone telling any PRIVATE group how to run their schools or raise their kids. I may not agree with how some group is teaching the kids in their schools but... If it's private school and they aren't hurting anyone, it's fine by me. And why do I think that? Because, damnit, I pay a lot of money to send MY OWN kids to a private school. And I do so because I don't like the public school system and believe that the schools I have chosen and pay A LOT of money to send my kids to do a better job. And the last thing I want to see from others is them telling me what my private school should be teaching my kids when I have to pay taxes to support the lame public schools PLUS pay the private school tuition.
Basically, IT'S NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS - no matter how nonsensical it may appear to them!
And the fact that it involves sexual activity amongst minors and/or kids under a parent's roof... and these minors don't pay their own mortgages or pay for their own meals or their own school tuition or their own health care or wouldn't have the ability to raise their own kid (should they have one) without external help makes me believe doubly that it's none of their business! I can't for the life of me see how someone could be getting on the bandwagon of encouraging SOMEONE ELSE'S kids living under SOMEONE ELSE'S roof to have sex - no matter what the flavor du jour.
Know what I mean?
So if you want to start a new thread and ask me what I think about stoning adult lesbians, well go for it. But I see it as a distraction here. Not only that, but I get a little bummed that someone would label me with a position or point of view that I absolutely don't subscribe to.
And those who (propose to) know me should know better.