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  •  I can understand and respect (2+ / 0-)
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    venger, Little Red Hen

    your thinking on this. In fact, if the question was framed in terms of its PR effectiveness I would probably lean to the side of asking our people not to use it because the distinction is not easily made. The irony will be lost on many and the other side can probably use in attempts to paint a false equivalency.  But a PR mistake doesn't equal a moral transgression.

    And I do think it is a major distinction when one group uses the term because they think it does and should defame the person while the other is using it as a point of irony. I think to claim the latter is as much an act of bigorty as the former is to seriously misunderstand the tone intended.

    The world is a den of thieves and night is falling. -Ingmar Bergman

    by Pirogue on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 09:52:56 AM PST

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    •  While I understand what you are saying, (1+ / 0-)
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      NancyK

      there are many who won't. Calling it a "false equivalent" won't change that. Calling it "ironic" won't change that either. If we are going to promote a bigotry-free dialogue, it's best we refrain from using language that can be put into the categories of false equivalents or irony. Repukes don't do nuance.

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