So the impetus for the changes came from others, but the changes were in the end authorized by Elder Packer. Would the talk have been changed if Elder Packer did not agree? We may never know, but my guess is yes, if there was otherwise unanimity on the need for the changes.]]>
Because of that, the label that is used to describe them does matter. You’re right that anyone might be offended by a particular term, but have you really run into people who are offended at being described as “gay” or “homosexual?” That would be unusual.
The only reason I was suggesting SSA as a possibility was to differentiate between attraction and behavior. But since it is offensive to some, I agreed to drop it, so we won’t be using it on this thread any more. Thanks for your cooperation.]]>
I think it is getting silly to argue over terminology. Anyone can find just about anything offensive. I know some Mormons who are offended by the word gay and some offended by SSA. I find SSA best and do not feel it is offensive. Gay is a word that has had it’s meaning changed with every generation. I think that is rather annoying.
I happen to think the word homophobic is offensive. I don’t think someone is scared of homosexuality just because they don’t agree with the political mindset of gay activists. To me, it is just another hate term meant to caste others as psychologically disturbed. I can argue against it for many of the same reasons that the term SSA can be argued against.
The fact is that none of these terms are going to go away. Those who use the term homophobic don’t really care if it offends me. And while I really don’t like to hurt anyone’s feelings, no matter what terms I happen to use, there will be somebody who doesn’t like it.]]>
I wasn’t even thinking about my moniker — I was trying to figure out what I had said in my comments that rang out as a Heinlein reference. I thought, perhaps, that you’d zeroed in on my quip about the “oubliette of history”. Anyway … yes; I know that “grok” is a Heinleinism — but I borrowed it from the software development world.