After re-reading my own posts, it seems as though I come across as some sort of stuffed shirt neolithic caveman with no capacity to understand anything other than my own belief system. If any feels that way about me, you are mistaken; however, I can totally understand how you come to that conclusion.
So, to clarify, yes, it is true that I do not accept homosexuality as normal. I have my own reasons for this belief of mine, and I don't have to explain myself to anyone. Just as I don't expect others to explain their beliefs to me.
Do I tolerate it? By all means YES.
Now, remember, tolerance does NOT equal acceptance.
To further clarify, I do NOT believe that people who are homosexual should be persecuted. I beleive that all persons, irrespective of who they are, have the same right to self-expression and self-determination as I. As corny as it sounds, it's one of the reasons why I joined the CF. Canada is a place that is rather tolerant of many things, and is, in my opinion and experiences, displays a world-class model of tolerance, which implies understanding.
This is part of the reason that I teach my children to treat ALL people with respect. I also try to show them a model of this behaviour (though I am human, and I make mistakes, trust me!!!!) Though, when I do, I try to explain the errors of my ways to them.
So, in conclusion, though I may not believe that homosexuality is normal, that's just me, and maybe I'm the abnormal one (of course it's a possibility, but I don't believe it. If I beleived that I was anything but normal, well...that's a loaded statement!!!) ;D
I just feel horrible that I have gone overseas (and will again) to defend people to do what they want, without fear of persecution or exclusion because of their chosen lifestyle. And let's face it, the CF members who wanted to partake in the parade in Hamilton WERE excluded because of their lifestyle by a bigoted thought process. If you don't believe me that being in the CF is a lifestyle, then don't just take my take on it, ask any CF member: it IS a lifestyle with its own language, norms, traditions and history. In the words of Peter Griffin, it really grinds my gears to think in this day and age of tolerance, they were forbidden to march. That is not what my Canada is all about.
OK, I'm off to take some more meds for my condition. Sorry everyone!