I'd like to respond to the few comments and, more annoying, e-mails I've received in response to my post the other day, This crap pisses me off. A few folks have said that my reaction was too harsh and may be influenced by slanted European media and European opinion of America in general. Let me inform you that is not the case. It was never the case and particularly not so in regards to this report about a Christian group rallying its members to force Home Depot to have more Christian centric advertising where the word "Christmas" used more in their marketing.
Here are the facts:
- I read the report on Snopes.
- Snopes is owned and run by Barbara and David Mikkleson. The Mikkelsons live in California and are American. Snopes is run in America.
- Home Depot is an American company.
- The AFA are an American organization.
- Just to be sure everyone knows this: I am an American. I lived in America until I was 23.
That my address is now in Scotland does not mean in any way that I am unable to form an opinion on the goings on in America. I do not live in Somalia and have never lived there, but that does not exclude me from outrage that a 13 year old was raped by three men and when she reported this to the police (or more precise, the militia as there's no formal police) she was arrested, buried up to her neck and stoned to death for adultery. No one should be excluded from feeling outraged at how religion - any religion - is used to control the populace with fear, intimidation and intolerance.*
So I'll not be told to keep my opinions to myself because I don't live in America and I don't know how it really is there. My opinions are just as valid as any of your opinions are. They may be diametric opposites, but still valid. Anyone who tries to tell me different is showing themselves to be unwilling to see multiple sides to the same issue and educate themselves in order to create an informed opinion. In doing so, you merely perpetuate the problem.
My blog. My opinion. You don't like it, that's fine, but don't tell me to shut up.
*If you are outraged, please donate to Amnesty International.