Thursday, May 10, 2007

WND Goes After Amazon and Starbucks

Once again, there are awful things going on in our country today...a scare at a Boulder high school, floods of epic proportion in Missouri and wildfires in both California and Georgia. What do our favorite wingnuts decide to highlight on their site today, you ask? Let's take a look...

On their front page, in huge, bold print no less, is a headline about those "anti-God" cups that Starbucks is using. I went and read the story, expecting to be exasperated, and while I did feel exasperated, I also felt angry at some of the statements made. The opening paragraph is a good example...

"Coffeehouse giant Starbucks
is standing by its campaign to put thought-provoking messages on its coffee cups
despite a national uproar and threat of boycott over a message some felt was

Of course they're standing by the campaign! It's their company, and the messages printed on the cups consist of comments made by average citizens wanting to express a viewpoint and open up some dialogue. The comments are chosen carefully and DO NOT malign Christians or their beliefs. They are simply opinions stated in a very diplomatic way. Furthermore, I have no idea what national uproar the author (Joe Kovacs - Executive News Director) is talking about. Sure, the story has made the news recently, but aside from FoxNews I haven't heard of any grand outrage. Starbucks even provided examples of cups bearing viewpoints that countered the comments WND and the like were so upset over.

"The Way I See It #92:
You are not an accident. Your parents may not
have planned you, but God did. He wanted you alive and created you for a
purpose. Focusing on yourself will never reveal your purpose. You were made by
God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. Only
in God do we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our
significance, and our destiny. -- Dr. Rick Warren, author of "The Purpose-Driven

"The Way I See It #158:
It's tragic that extremists co-opt the notion
of God, and that hipsters and artists reject spirituality out of hand. I don't
have a fixed idea of God. But I feel that it's us – the messed-up, the
half-crazy, the burning, the questing – that need God, a lot more than the
goody-two-shoes do. -- Mike Doughty, musician."

To the fundies, I have only this to say...Grow up and stop skewing the truth to fit your agenda!

Another story on today's WND front page, albeit much further down, involves an 8 year old child who stumbled on some risque products while doing a search on The child was doing a search for a science video and found a more "adult" selection amongst the search results offered.

"Of the three pages of selections returned one was: 'Adult videos' and another
was 'Eclectic Views on Gay Male Pornography: Pornucopia,' both a hardback and paperback book. My
child wanted to know what this stuff was all about. Imagine my shock and awe?"
Chapman said."

I have just one question...Ok, two, lol. First, why was an 8 year old conducting an unsupervised search for anything in the first place? Yes, I'm blaming the parent on this one. Anyone with a modicum of common sense knows not to allow children to surf without supervision. Why? Because accidents can and will unwittingly stumble on something they shouldn't see. Second, why is the parent in this case blaming Amazon? After all, the company has the right to sell products that contain mature content, and no search engine or agent is foolproof.

The answer to both questions seems clear...the parent dropped the ball and is looking for someone other than himself to blame for what his child found and was exposed to. It's really that simple. As for the folks at WingNutDaily...stop exploiting this child for your own ideological gain!

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