"you’re too young to determine your sexuality" said no one to the heterosexual teenager
My LGBT-friendly preacher stepfather was once discussing a 15 yr old in his congregation that had come out causing some commotion within the congregation. To his credit he openly took the teen’s side. However, while relaying this somewhat self-congratulatory story at dinner during a family visit he said "I just think 15 years old is too young to be deciding whether you’re gay or not. I wish they would wait." Most everyone nodded their head to agree. I responded with "Do you think a ‘straight’ teenager is too young to decide at that age that they like the opposite sex?"
Carl Sagan reiterates this quite eloquently - even mirroring the above statement from Darwin - when he reminded us to be honest with ourselves and each other:
“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.”
“Creationists reject Darwin’s theory of evolution on the grounds that it is “just a theory”. This is a valid criticism: evolution is indeed merely “a theory”, albeit one with ten billion times more credence than the theory of creationism - although, to be fair, the theory of creationism is more than just a theory. It’s also a fairy story. And children love fairy stories, which is presumably why so many creationists are keen to have their whimsical gibberish taught in schools.”—Charlie Brooker, “The Guardian” (via thedragoninmygarage)
“It’s a sad thing when people don’t understand that the people cannot vote away the rights of minorities, that people cannot engraft into their constitution provisions that discriminate against a segment of our society”—This prominent Republican lawyer has some strong words for Ted Cruz. (via think-progress)
“We seem to crave privilege, merited not by our works but by our birth, by the mere fact that, say, we are humans and born on Earth. This conceit is brought close to culmination in the notion that we are created in God’s image: The Creator and Ruler of the entire Universe looks just like me. My, what a coincidence! How convenient and satisfying!”—Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot (via whats-out-there)