To answer Drew and QT, I've decided to throw some definitions out here.
First, the definition of Discrimination
from the EEOC. Note that this is a legalistic definition and is specifically in the context of civil rights law:
Discrimination is defined in civil rights law as unfavorable or unfair treatment of a person or class of persons in comparison to others who are not members of the protected class because of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, physical/mental handicap, sexual harassment, sexual orientation or reprisal for opposition to discriminatory practices or participation in the EEO process.
Second a definition of Bias
I couldn't find a legal one so I had to rely on Webster online:
BENT, TENDENCY b : an inclination of temperament or outlook; especially : a personal and sometimes unreasoned judgment : PREJUDICE c : an instance of such prejudice
Finally, a definition of prejudice
as put forth by the famous Harvard psychologist, Gordon Allport, who published The Nature of Prejudice in 1954.
"Prejudice is an antipathy based on faulty and inflexible generalization. It may be felt or expressed. It may be directed toward a group or an individual of that group".
Now I think that we all can agree that "discrimination" is behavior.
However, and this is based on my personal and professional experience, the behavior of discrimination often stems at least partially from a bias or prejudice against the object of discrimination.
In my view, it *is* wrong to discriminate or be prejudiced or be biased against people just because (whether by choice or not) they are sexually attracted to people of the same sex.
Moreover the argument that one should "fight" these tendencies is one that I find completely unpersuasive. That argument assumes that these "tendencies" are some kind of evil thing that need to be squelched. In my view these "tendencies" are no more un natural than say Drew's tendency to be sexually attracted to women or mine to be sexually attracted to men.
Again this is my view and, although I maintain that people who think it's okay to think ill of people based on their sexuality (eventually I'll get back to that thread) are wrong, I don't think it makes a person bad. Just human.
In my view, as I said in my first post of this thread, there is not a single person in this world who can claim to be wholly free from any bias or prejudice.