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‘He’s not the right kind of vegan’

Sarah Pal| AP Phoby J. Scott Applewhite

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Updated: January 27, 2014 12:00PM

While learning to be tolerant and supportive of a friend’s vegan obsession, I was shocked to hear her say about somebody else: “He’s not the right kind of vegan.”

Upon questioning, she quickly explained that people choose to be vegan for three basic reasons, and not always for all three: Health concerns, the problem of cruelty to animals and for the sake of the environment. In true Venn diagram fashion, the three groups overlap to form seven subsets, each with some degree of intolerance for the others.

How amazing that every minority seems to be composed of even smaller minorities. It is tempting to count noses and identify the majority of a minority, but the element that tends to identify a minority seems to be the ability to make “noise” in support of the position.

The couch potatoes within any minority group will find themselves lumped in with the activists, whether they are in agreement or not. The world identifies a minority most by its noisemakers. So we need to hear from the quiet but possibly more constructive and useful minorities within every minority.

Pamela Ames, Hyde Park

Not the Christian thing to do

If proof were needed as to how our supposedly Christian nation is the antithesis of that, one need look no further than Congress’ refusal to extend federal unemployment benefits. Some 80,000 people are going to lose benefits because of the abject meanness of a Republican-controlled Congress that is engaged in a vicious class war against the middle class and the poor. Congress also cut $40 million from the food stamps program. These same politicians who go out of their way to pontificate on Christian values should remember that the founder of Christianity was in the same economic class as the ones they are persecuting.

Edward D. Juillard, Morgan Park

Hypocritical on free speech

Sarah Palin claims “free speech is an endangered species” because so many people expressed disagreement with Duck Dynasty “patriarch” Phil Robertson’s disparaging remarks about gays. But isn’t that evidence free speech is alive and well?

Palin thinks free speech is endangered when it disagrees with her views.

Bob Barth, Edgewater

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