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“This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” —Traditional Worship

This is a memorable “Seinfeld” exchange with much bearing.

One of the main characters, Kramer, is participating in an AIDS Walk.

(“Seinfeld”, Season 7, Episode 9)

Walker #1: Hey, where’s your ribbon? Kramer: Oh, I don’t wear the ribbon. Walker #2: You don’t wear the ribbon? Aren’t you against AIDS? Kramer: Yeah, I’m against AIDS. I mean, I’m walking, aren’t I? I just don’t wear the ribbon. Walker #3: Who do you think you are? Walker #1: Put the ribbon on! Walker #2: Hey, Cedric! Bob! This guy won’t wear a ribbon! (Cedric and Bob turn around and look at Kramer) Bob: Who?! Who does not want to wear the ribbon?!

The episode ends with Kramer arriving at the finish line beaten to a pulp by the mob for not wearing the ribbon.

What if I don’t wear pink during Breast Cancer Awareness? What if teams didn’t wear pink socks and pink wrist bands?

You want to have a discussion about gun control, then have a discussion about gun control. You want to have a discussion about the gay athlete in the structure of modern team sports, then have a discussion. You want to have a discussion about offensive team nicknames, then have a discussion about offensive team nicknames.

But the lie is when the media and those in academia say they want to have a conversation and then label you a bigot, extremist, or at best ignorant when you disagree with the position they’ve taken.

Who isn’t for breast cancer awareness?

Who isn’t against AIDS?

Who isn’t against the evil (not tragic) shootings at Newtown, Virginia Tech, and Columbine?

Who isn’t against using names that offend?

However, our approaches and views to each of these issues might vary. I have differences with how all of these issues are dealt with, but in media circles and academia I’m a Neanderthal in my thinking.

Before NBC’s Bob Costas gave his view at halftime of the Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday night I outlined to my daughter what Costas was going to say.

Costas, who has never missed a bandwagon or cool cause to jump on, would sound like he was reading a letter from the Apostle Paul. Starting with warm salutation and ending with excoriation towards those who were either too bigoted or ignorant to understand that the nickname “Redskins” was offense.

In other words, “Who refuses to see it my way?”

See it my way on gays, guns, and politically correct terms or I’ll beat the crap out of you.

The term, from those who lead our culture, is enlightenment. They want us all to become enlightened.

The term that better fits is: Bully.

Costas was not bold or brave. Costas has either been bullied or was bullying us to see things his way.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.