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  1. I'm not familiar. What is this?
  2. By Region: South - 42 West - 37 Midwest - 36 Northeast - 29 FBG PSF Percent of Total vs US Percent of Total South - 29.2%, 38.1% West - 25.7%, 23.8% Midwest - 25.0%, 20.9% Northeast - 20.1%, 17.2%
  3. I'm not sure if they are fine with it or not. I don't know how to know their thoughts and feelings about it unless we talk to them. I don't see a conversation subtracting anything. I definitely agree that growing up today is different than when we were kids and maybe they can handle it better than we can. Maybe we can even learn from them through a conversation. I'd be totally shocked if my kids are making fun of the other kid to their face. I'd be somewhat shocked to learn that they make fun of the kid behind their back. I'd be not shocked at all to learn that my kids laugh at jokes other kids make and don't stand up for this kid. I have no idea if they are calling the child by their preferred name or not. Again, these are things that we can learn through a conversation about this. I'm not seeing the harm in a conversation as long as it's not done in a harmful way (I sound like Yogi Berra). I don't know how it factors either, but as a Christian who now has the situation two doors down from me, I think it would be appropriate to try to figure that out. I assume you'll agree that the stereotypical Christian response to this would be "That's a sin!" and maybe even be followed up with "We need to tell them they're sinning!" I assume through some good conversation with Christians that we'd mostly all conclude that how someone dresses isn't of importance here nor is what their name is. (I'm sure there'd be some people who see a problem there, but I'd guess not too many.) But, I'm sure there's a lot of uncomfortableness with the idea of identifying with the gender/sex that is opposite of your genitals. Gender/sex is clearly seen as something different than clothing and names among the Christian community. It's typically seen as the way we were created by God. For Christians, there is definitely the idea that our identity is in Christ and not in ourselves. I think that line of thinking is what probably leads to opposition here, but I admit there are probably many other ways we seek an identity outside of Christ that we are ok with and we aren't consistent in its application. Thanks for your input and thoughts and push for me to examine my assumptions.
  4. Possibly. Differences of opinion are fine with me. I bet we could also go back and forth a little while longer and clarify more what we each mean and find out that we're pretty much in agreement, but I'm hungry now and want lunch.
  5. "Tell someone" <> "demand someone". I chose the word "demand" intentionally. Obviously there's nothing wrong with saying, "I prefer Tom instead of Thomas" or "I prefer that you don't refer to me as a boy".
  6. Need to read this thread. The other day, my wife overheard a neighborhood kid (boy) say to another neighborhood kid (girl) something like "I touched your privates. You're a boy!" (I'd guess they are both around 4th grade.) My wife said something to the boy telling him to not touch other people like that and to not say things like that. She said he was embarrassed when she approached him about it. My wife then decided she needed to mention this to the girl's mom and encourage her to talk to the boy's parents. When my wife talked to the girl's mom, she revealed that the girl now identifies as a boy and has a new name. This definitely surprised my wife, she told me, and is now talking about how we go about talking to our kids about it. Apparently our kids already know this news, but we're now wondering how we approach it with them. For now, my only reaction is to say that we shouldn't make a huge deal out of it, tell our kids not to treat people differently because of this, they should encourage others not to make fun of others because of this, call people by the name they prefer, and stress that they don't know what other people are feeling/going through and sometimes it's hard to understand why people make certain decisions because of this lack of knowledge. And we'll ask them if they have any questions (which I'm sure we can't answer). We're also Christian and will want to understand how to approach this from that angle. I think our current plan already does that by telling our kids to, in short, love others, but obviously there's a typical thought that we "should" be opposed something here. And I'd like more evidence of that opposition from a Christian standpoint than hearing from friends who have no real special knowledge in this area. Like I said, I really need to take the time to read this thread.
  7. Definitely. But I think the flip side of this relationship can also be Richardish. Is it Richardish to demand someone else use the language you prefer? Is it Richardish to lack patience with others as they try to adjust a lifetime of language in order to please you? IMO, people should focus on whatever side of the relationship they are on and do better at being understanding from that perspective and worry less about what the other side should do. Spend more time assessing our own actions and intents and less on other people's actions and what we assume their intents are.
  8. No. Person A doesn't have the right to determine how Person B speaks. Sure, Person B should be respectful enough to call Person A by their preference, but that's entirely up to Person B.
  9. Why do they currently have a tax exemption? Does a law need to change to make that happen? Or are the laws fine and you think they don't meet the requirements of the law?
  10. @Maurile Tremblay Can you clean up the state data and show some charts for that? Maybe do it at a region level rather than state level (since 145 responses won't be that interesting across 50 states)?
  11. Agree. The religious data was as I expected and we're better at religious discussions than political discussions. I miss some of the religious discussions we used to have.
  12. Pretty sure once I buy team gear from the franchise then the team gear is mine and the money isn't.
  13. Definitely. But, in general, I do think it's best if a society can have language and words that aren't off limits to some groups. Since we don't have that, and probably never will, it's up to each person to try to adjust their language when they learn something new. I'd also say it's up to the offended group to have some patience when asking someone to change the way they've talked for many years.