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It’s an election year, friends, and the bullshit is flying high. I side with reason, as I hope the title of the blog indicates clearly. As such, I’ll try to post a rare two-sided post.

First, what is up with people angrily clamoring for Mitt Romney to post his tax returns? He complied with the law, or at least the minimum request for information. If he were evading taxes or doing something illegal, guess what — the IRS would be investigating him. This is exactly as ridiculous as the birther controversy and I am disappointed in my fellow liberals that are going on this shameful witch hunt. Additionally, there is a bit of a storm over some comments Romney recently made in Europe. Who really cares? He’s not espousing a major campaign standpoint here. http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-ways-to-spot-b.s.-political-story-in-under-10-seconds/ is a great article — and the first item, #5, is so, so true.

And lastly, the Chick-Fil-A controversy. I won’t give that place any money. The founder openly says he is against gay marriage. To me, that is him saying he’s an ignorant homophobe, and I’m damn well not going to be providing money for him to further those kinds of causes when there are plenty of alternative restaurants to patronize. Here’s an analogy — if I were pro-life and thought abortion was murder, I would most certainly not give money to anyone who I thought was going to use it in full or in part to kill babies. As far as my own viewpoints, I won’t willingly give money to anyone who has said their organization is taking an official stance of homophobia, racism, xenophobia, religious persecution, sexism, or any other bigotry. Life’s too short to be giving money to that sort of hateful shit. If other people want to keep eating there, fine, but I just hope they know that by doing so, they’re supporting an anti-gay cause.

It would be one thing if it was a simple political stance — if he’d openly said he was Republican or something. But instead he’s saying he wants to oppress a class of people. That raises the stakes tremendously.

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Written by nelsonlu

August 1, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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