anthropologically, there is no reason for homophobia in the first place. Gay men remove themselves from the mating pool, leaving a wider variety of mates for straight men. If you look at it from a strictly scientific point of view, there has never been a cause for homophobia. Religion is the only cause of homophobia. Proof of this is found in ancient Rome. Before the Catholic Church showed up and wiped out pagan religions, the romans held a very liberal view on sex and sexuality. After the church took over...well...
So no, homophobia has no place in society, it never has. Another question is, in our ever evolving, scientifically intellectual society, does religion have a place?
My philosophy on this is "love the sinner, hate the sin." I do not hate gay people or anything like that, though I believe it is wrong. I understand that it is usually a chemical imbalance/brain problem, and they can't help it.
As long as they are not harming anyone then who cares what they get up to. What about Jesus. I wonder if he was gay, what with going around with all those other men. Not being married or having a long term girlfriend. That's why they have a go at gay people. They can't bear to think that the saviour might have been one of the OTHERS!
Homophobia should not exist. So should not stupidity (well, homophobia is extreme, pretty much terminal case of stupidity, but I digress), yet it exists. Sad thing but society has no balls (and I means BALLS) to shun stupidity and make stupid people in general responsible for their actions. Why, I have no idea, but I know it would solve the problem, because there are two general forms of stupidity. 1. From lack of knowledge that can me cured by education, simple as that - showing people why they acted stupid and how to fix that. 2. Stupidity from choice and ignorance - this is terminal case, and if shun at least it would not have voice and die out eventually - it would take a while though, stupidity tends to be persistent disease.
It particularly persists because of religion. This is due to the fact that in order to believe the ridiculous clas of any particular faith is the suspension of critical thinking and the ignorance of any evidence to the contrary of religious beliefs. This is apparent in statements that one should not question their beliefs or that one should not test their God(s).
If you look it up damn near every hate group is religiously motivated. Another part is that we are instictially warry of other humans especially those who are not familiar. This of course is part of our tribalistic nature. Religion particularly the Abrahamic ones emphasize this as between the saved and the damned.
Already did, seem like everything has to do with intelligence and people's instinct to be wary of other humans especially when not familiar. Asides, religious cultures would be a more preferable as your usage of religion seems to imply a magical force that changes people when the real source of the problems is the people themselves.
"Whoever imagines himself a favorite with God, holds other people in contempt. Whenever a man believes that he has the exact truth from God, there is in that man no spirit of compromise. He has not the modesty born of the imperfections of human nature; he has the arrogance of theological certainty and the tyranny born of ignorant assurance. Believing himself to be the slave of God, he imitates his master, and of all tyrants, the worst is a slave in power." --Robert Ingersoll
God-complex: an unshakable belief characterized by consistently inflated feelings of personal ability, privilege, or infallibility. A person with a god complex may refuse to admit the possibility of error or failure, even in the face of complex or intractable problems or difficult or impossible tasks, or may regard personal opinions as unquestionably correct.
Makes Earth. Places Adam (and Eve) in the Garden of Eden. Commands them not to eat from the overly accessible tree of knowledge (why did he even make it?). Has a serpent there to convince them to do so. They do so. He gets mad anyway. Condemns the rest of humanity for an event that occurred because of his own dumb ass, and then has his son (himself) nailed to a cross as a "sacrifice", and then expects us to worship him on that basis alone.
Don't forget- exterminates every living creature on the face of the planet in a global flood save for 2 of every animal and a small family of 8 people. Just so that the human race could be repopulated exclusively with people who worship him. Not too long after that, the polytheistic Egyptian culture rises into power and enslaves God's followers. Clearly God's perfect plan of mass genocide worked out perfectly.
I can easily prove that you don't get your morality exclusively from the Bible with the following questions. How do you know that pedophilia is wrong? And how do you know that slavery is wrong? Given that the Bible says nothing concerning pedophilia, and it actually endorses slavery.
So when God freed the Jews from the slavery of the Egyptians, instead of telling them that slavery is immoral (which I think that all of them would agree on given that they were recently freed from slavery themselves) he tells them how to go about enslaving people including but not limited to: selling your daughter into slavery and how to beat your slave to death without getting in trouble. So, as a high and mighty Shepard and moral authority of the Bible who should never have to explain his actions to a non-believer, why would you adhere to the heathenistic moral laws of a secular society that are so inferior to the moral laws of the Bible? And if not slavery, then which of the secular moral laws do you refuse to follow because they contradict the superior laws of the Bible?
And I'm sure that if you lived in a time before slavery was made illegal, you'd be using the Bible to justify it. Just like you're doing now with discrimination against homosexuals. Okay, if you're going to cop out of slavery, what about woman's rights and gender equality? You must really hate that. After all, the Bible is just filled with misogyny. Mostly as punishment for Eve being tricked by the serpent.
"Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression." (I Timothy 2:11-14)
"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything." (Ephesians 5:22-24)
Here's one directly from God himself "To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”" (Genesis 3:16)
And those are just a few examples. You must really hate to see women teaching classes, holding positions of authority, being equal partners in marriage. Disobeying the law of the Bible like that.
God did not create homosexuals, it was a "man made", creation. That's why God warns them not to lay with "mankind or womankind." And, did the same warning for "adam and eve" not to eat the forbiden tree." "It was bad, if you do."