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'Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Morons.' -- Vizzini from "The Princess Bride"

Monday, August 21, 2006

A case of "Do as I say, not as I do"

One of the planks of conservative Republicans is the destruction of affirmative action. They say it is not fair for people who otherwise do not meet the requirements (i.e. entrance to college, job requirements, etc.) to be accepted simply because of their race.

One of my regular blog reads is Red State Rabble. RSR has a post up concerning a lawsuit that popped up last fall (see here for the article), in which a group of Christian parents were suing the University of California to lower their standards so that the graduates of a Christian high school could gain entrance to the University.

The problem is clear. Conservatives want affirmative action banned if it helps blacks, browns and other disadvantaged minorities, but want it wholly enforced if it helps Christians (who are the most disadvantaged because they are white, wealthy, politically powerful, and Christian -- you know the truly persecuted in this country). Apparently, if you're black, and your education doesn't meet the requirements for entrance into college, then it is a "no go", but you are a conservative Christian, and your education doesn't meet the requirements for entrance into college, then its persecution.

I would, of course, draw the obvious distinction, that economic and social disadvantage are difficult things to overcome, as it is with minorities; but with conservative Christians, they chose to make their children ignorant and willfully decided to fail to provide them with the necessary qualifications.

As RSR states: "choices have consequences." Indeed.

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