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Let's Go Downtown and Watch the Failparade!
Oh, Elizabeth Moon! How could you write a post like that knowing it was bound raise a stink? The only answer is malice. Good citizens don't do that sort of thing, you know.

Honestly, though I know ours is a small community and in the larger scheme we are not terribly important, I am continually embarrassed every time someone raises a rock and exposes how much prejudice is still crawling around at the bottom of the SFF world. I want us, whose job it is to chronicle the future and a wealth of alternatives to the here and now, to be better than this. Why are we not better than this? How can people who make it their business to imagine and empathize with the truly alien offer such meager treatment to other humans?

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Sarcasm. It's her argument about the "mosque" near Ground Zero.

No, against the 'memorial center' near Ground Zero. What the hell does that even mean?

It's in quotation marks because I know it's not a mosque, but she's saying really it is, and quotation marks = sarcasm.

No, I get that, but she calls it a 'memorial center.' What the fuck? That's a step beyond calling it a mosque.

Skilled writers and politicians know how to choose the best word to sell their point. Many know it isn't a mosque or a memorial center, but with people constantly repeating that it is a mosque gets people to believe it is a mosque being built there—not an interfaith center (if I'm remembering correctly).

Just look at #5 on this list: http://www.cracked.com/article_18704_5-mind-blowing-ways-your-memory-plays-tricks-you.html

I'm well aware of that. That's why I'm pointing out she's breaking new ground with the dishonesty there.

Was trying to agree with you in my own way.

"Memorial Center" is a whole new plateau in dishonesty. It's so depressing.

It's a Community Center. They already go Mosques. This is a place like the JCC only with Muslims instead of Jews.

Yeah, I know it's a community center. What's it's not is a 'memorial center.'

She's just exposing the TWOOOF! behind the "community center", DUH!


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