There is nothing wrong with being homophobic.
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I am gay; I hope your phobia doesn't scare you away from this debate.
Could you start by explaining to me why you hate homosexuality?
You say that homosexuality is unhealthy. I can assure you that it would be far more detrimental for a homosexual person to force themselves into a relationship with someone of the opposite gender -- they would be living a lie; depressed and isolated. Homosexual people can practice safe and healthy sex just like any other couple. Sexually transmitted infections are not limited to gay people.
"People don't tell children about homosexuality" is a massive statement to make. What's true in your circle of friends is not true for the rest of the world. Sex and relationships is a difficult topic to talk about to children, regardless of sexuality.
Basically I just want to say that everyone has a right to their opinions. There is nothing wrong if they are against something, especially if it is against their beliefs and religions.
The fact that you are homophobic is wrong because it does not sit well in Western society. There are many different people from many different backgrounds; society is not optimal when there is hatred and intolerance ingrained within the population.
If you look at homosexuality from a universal perspective, forgetting your personal and religious feelings, you will find that there are no consequences or harm being caused. Why would somebody be phobic of something that does not cause harm? Homophobia is just an excuse-word for people that find it disgusting -- often due to their religious beliefs, which have been imprinted within them from a young age via their parents. It's very hard to see from a clear perspective when you have been told how things are from childhood.
"The fact that you are homophobic is wrong because it does not sit well in Western society. There are many different people from many different backgrounds; society is not optimal when there is hatred and intolerance ingrained within the population."
Homophobia isn't necessarily hatred. To hate is to "to dislike intensely or passionately".  Now on the other hand, disagree is to "to differ in opinion".  Homophobic people do not necessarily hate homosexuality, but disagree with it. Disagreement is acceptable in western society, and so our beliefs and opinions. According to the Fundamental freedoms in the charter of rights and freedoms in Canada:
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association." 
people have a right of thought, belief, opinion, expression etc. Because of such, it is acceptable to be homophobic in "western society". Making it not only not bad, but acceptable.
"If you look at homosexuality from a universal perspective, forgetting your personal and religious feelings, you will find that there are no consequences or harm being caused. Why would somebody be phobic of something that does not cause harm? "
Because of many reasons, but those reasons are beside the point. I would like to remind both con and voters that the debate is about homophobia being either good or bad, not about homosexuality. My opponent mentions why homosexuality is okay, but this is irrelevant to the concept. Though he may believe that homosexuality is acceptable, he completely ignores what the debate is about, homophobia.
And homosexuality causes many problems, and contributes a large amount of harm to both themselves and the people around them. It can easily induce depression onto the homosexual statistically.  There are also much more health reasons affecting homosexuals more than heterosexuals, so how is it that this doesn't cause harm?
Now to explain my view of this arguments.
First of all, as I have already mentioned, it is acceptable in Canada. People can believe whatever they want, they have a right to their opinions. Because of such, being homophobic, have an opinion that homosexuality is perfectly acceptable, therefore incapable of being wrong according to society. Furthermore, religion is also accepted, and since homosexuality is wrong in many religions including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism etc.  Since these religions are against homosexuality, there is nothing wrong with them being homophobic.
Secondly, it doesn't harm anyone. Having a belief should not harm anyone, and if so occurs, then this is unfair. People have a right to opinion, so this should be accepted.
So basically, anyone can believe and have whatever opinions they have. Their is nothing wrong with such, therefore being homophobic is not bad. It is perfectly acceptable, and allowed.
Firstly, two of your sources (, ) are exactly the same webpage. Two others are simply dictionary definitions and the last is Canadian rights, which doesn't have much relevance to this global issue. I urge my opponent and voters to look for quality sources as opposed to the quantity.
I agreed in round three that everyone is entitled to an opinion, but having an opinion does not necessarily mean it's right. The debate is whether there are things wrong with having an opinion -- homophobia -- and there are.
I explained why homosexuality was acceptable because it directly links to this debate; why would it be right to disapprove of something that was not wrong? What if someone disapproved of heterosexual relationships? They are entitled to that opinion despite it being unorthodox, but it's actually no different than disapproving of homosexuality in regards that both practices do not affect or harm society as a whole. Disapproving of people that cause no harm is inherently wrong, hence making homophobia wrong.
Unfair disapproval of people is wrong because...
You claim homosexuality "can easily induce depression onto the homosexual statistically."
Have you ever stopped to wonder what causes depression in the LGBT community? Homophobia is the direct cause . Unfair disapproval of people is wrong because it isolates and discriminates against the group, causing depression and other signs of unjust anguish. Using the LGBT's depression as a reason to support homophobia is a paradox. You go on to cite higher HIV levels as a good reason to be homophobic, despite it being incredibly unlikely for a homosexuals to spread HIV to somebody that does not engage in sexual acts with them . The issue is contained within the LGBT community and thas no relevance to heterosexuals. Stop pretending to care for gay people just to justify homophobia -- another paradox.
"Having a belief should not harm anyone, and if so occurs, then this is unfair." ~ my adversary. Read my above paragraph on the effects homophobia has on the LGBT community. Pro has shot himself in the foot.
Your argument that it's acceptable because the rights Canadian's have does not hold much ground because that does not change the fact that discrimination, which includes 'disapproving' of people (homophobia), is a global issue that is wrong outside of any national human rights.
Having an opinion such as homophobia is 'allowed', but there are things conclusively wrong with that opinion as mentioned above. The title of this debate, 'There is nothing wrong with being homophobic', is therefore proven incorrect as I only had to show one thing wrong with homophobia.
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