Apple contributes $100,000 to fight California's No on 8 battle

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  • Reply 461 of 1351
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    Originally Posted by BanditoB View Post


    Marriage, as currently defined in the US has nothing to do with faith! It is a civil institution, which means that it is governed by our laws. Marriage rights are granted to you by the state and as such, they must be granted equally and fairly. To make this perfectly clear, you cannot have a marriage authorized by your church. You must apply for and be granted a license by one state or another or even a different country for it to be legally recognized.



    If marriage is such a sacred thing, then let's clean it up. In most, if not all, states, a heterosexual couple must do nothing more than cohabitate for a few years and they are legally married, even though they did not partake of a religious union. Let's eliminate divorce altogether as it is anti-marriage, so it must be against God's will, right? Certainly the quickie marriages in Vegas should be halted. And while we're at it, if you're not having kids, no marriage for you!



    At any rate, I think the ultimate solution to all of this is to split marriage into the two components that it really is: civil rights and religious dogma. The state would grant civil rights to all who apply for them and the churches can do whatever they want to do (as they are now and will continue to do well into the future). If you want a religious marriage, go to your church and get married. If you want any legal benefits/protections, go to the state. You can have one or the other or both, if that's what you desire.



    See how easy this is to solve?



    I have no problem with the state getting out of the marriage business and leaving that to the various religious institutions. In other words, let the church keep the word marriage and let the state provide the legal contracts.



    However, the problem is that this very reasonable 'solution' seems to have few proponents and is not really on the table right now. CA supreme court made a decision based on the states practice of handing out marriage licenses and now we have groups trying to defeat that decision. That is the issue up for this election.
  • Reply 462 of 1351
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    Originally Posted by Carniphage View Post


    Everyone is entitled to the same basic human rights. The attempt to make the world a fairer place is the basis of a universal morality.



    Carniphage, good to see you again.



    Universal morality? I thought that the current in-vogue philosophy was that each person has their own personal morality, and that each individual's personal morals are no better and no worse than any other individual's personal morals. Universal morality is too narrow-minded in this day and age.



    You are most certainly right that there are basic human rights and a universal morality. However, this universal morality did not just coagulate of its own accord. The one who created us set up the rules of right and wrong, morality and immorality.



    Near the beginning of our Declaration of Independence, our founding fathers wrote: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."



    Even our founding fathers, in the construction of this country, tipped their hand to our Creator, and claimed that it was our Creator who gave us these rights.
  • Reply 463 of 1351
    The people of California voted and passed the law stating that marriage was between one man and one women - its called democracy when the people vote. The four judges who over-ruled the will of the people are corrupt and abused their power.



    Apple is a public company that is owned by the stock holders and represents employees who have a broad view of beliefs, Apple executives and/or Steve Jobs has no right to make political statements for all of the stock holders and/or the employees. Apple is in the consumer electronics business to make money for the stock holders. If Steve Jobs and the Apple executives feel this issue is so important, they should make personal donations. Comments on this forum have stated people who disagree should not buy Apple products. If Apple feels this is such an important human rights issue, they should make a statement that they only want people who agree with their political agenda to buy their products - profit/money should not matter if this is so important to Apple. It was Apple who made this a vital human rights issue, not the consumers demanding that Apple do anything. Consumers just want Apple to create great products.



    I have also read a number of folks saying that no one complained when companies started supporting same sex partner benefits. I worked at IBM when they started same sex partner benefits and the executives just told us we were supporting same sex partners. They didn't ask the employees to vote on the change, because if they did - it never would have passed.



    The "old books", moral character and common sense are timeless. If anything, the matured 21st century has only shown that nothing is new since the beginning. The free world has become consumed with making sure "everyone is happy", "don't hurt anyone's feelings", "there is no right or wrong", "do it if it makes you feel good". The enemies of the free world will never need to fire a shot - we are destroying ourselves from within. The people of hollywood, mainstream media, liberal free thinkers, schools and colleges and most European countries are only worried about making sure everyone is happy and we can talk to everyone who disagrees.



    I served my country and came close to losing my life; brave men/women are dying today and many have died from the past. We believe in the freedom of the PEOPLE and not the rule of the few in government, judges, United Nations, corporate executives......etc. Many who have written in this forum, mainstream media, hollywood, politicians, corporate executives would be shocked to learn how much soldiers disagree with their views. The United States has spread freedom thru-out the world with the blood and sacrifice of its soldiers and we have never worried if our enemies feelings were hurt and how happy they were. The people in hollywood, mainstream media, colleges, liberal free world thinkers and most European countries today are more concerned about being happy, not hurting anyones feelings, right and wrong is up to each individual, live for today......etc.



    The free world has become the spoiled, uncontrollable child - "It's all about me", "there is no wrong", "I want everything now", "make me happy", "I want what they have and deserve it".....etc.
  • Reply 464 of 1351
    citycity Posts: 522member
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    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    How can you have a contract law and not have the government get involved? Who mediates the inevitable contractual issues?



    People that are able to legally enter into a contract would make their own agreement. They may use a contract provided by a church, a lawyer or the office supply store. It's much like a Partnership agreement. It might address many issues and it might address a few. The State would not be making the rules concerning marriage other then the typical contract prohibitions on dishonest dealings and protections for children. You can enforce a contract in court or through arbitration. Think domestic partnership for everyone.
  • Reply 465 of 1351
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    Originally Posted by Prince View Post


    Gay marriage is a legal right that relates to being able to do the same business as anyone else: insurance, hospital visitation rights, and other legal protections that married couples take for granted. The government does not clearly define the civil and religious aspects of marriage, so there's not some non-religious form of domestic partnership that gives gays the same legal rights as other people.



    Nobody is forcing gays into your religion, the issue is whether religions should force their dogma on the government. Prop 8 is an effort to rewrite the constitution to say that gays can't have the same legal rights as anyone else.



    Gay marriage is not a legal right. It's not an issue of equality or equal rights. Marriage is about a relationship that only members of the opposite sex can qualify for. Marriage needs to be a protected class all by itself.



    I am a small AAPL shareholder. I disapprove of my company's money fighting against the move secure marriage, to secure the traditional family - a slowly diminishing minority in world.
  • Reply 466 of 1351
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    Originally Posted by nonanoplease View Post


    The bigotry and backwards thinking this issue has exposed is horrifying.







    Absolutely.



    I'm astonished at the homophobia, playground-esque jibes and ignorance coming out here.



    I'm curious to know how much of this vile, bigoted sentiment is coming from the US and how much is coming from Europe?







    Was there so much outcry when Apple posted a photograph of Rosa Parks shortly after here death? Should they have got involved in race issues?!



    Come on. God* doesn't care!







    *Terms and conditions of existence apply!
  • Reply 467 of 1351
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
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    Originally Posted by Joeyslaptop View Post


    Gay marriage is not a legal right. It's not an issue of equality or equal rights. Marriage is about a relationship that only members of the opposite sex can qualify for.



    It's because of that thinking that Apple et al. are publicly opposing Prop. 8.
  • Reply 468 of 1351
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    Originally Posted by Macvault View Post


    Shame on Apple and on those who support this abomination! This is SICK, WICKED and WRONG! God is ever so merciful but He cannot let such wickedness last and He will execute His pure and righteous judgment for such abominable acts of sin! Repent NOW, you sinful and wicked United States of America! Forbid the murdering of unborn babies! Forbid homosexuality! Forbid gay marriage! REPENT! Turn back to God before it's too late!



    Our once-great country, USA, is beginning to see God's judgment - the fall of the economy, the Bush regime, the 9/11 attacks carried out and exploited by our own government, our weakening as a sovereign nation, etc., and a big piece of this judgment is this next presidential election - whichever candidate gets in office - they are both as crooked as the day is long and have agendas aiming to destroy our nation. This country is being judged and rewarded for it's wicked and evil ways and the worst is still to come - unless perhaps we as a nation repent and follow God's ways.



    Wake up America! Wake up and follow God!



    Thanks for the primer, troll.



    Now I suppose you'll be forbidden from buying virtually any kind of vehicle, since the major car manufacturers have similar pro-gay policies.



    Enjoy your walk.
  • Reply 469 of 1351
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    Originally Posted by Joeyslaptop View Post


    Gay marriage is not a legal right. It's not an issue of equality or equal rights. Marriage is about a relationship that only members of the opposite sex can qualify for. Marriage needs to be a protected class all by itself.



    I am a small AAPL shareholder. I disapprove of my company's money fighting against the move secure marriage, to secure the traditional family - a slowly diminishing minority in world.



    I am an AAPL stockholder too. But I am selling my stock on Monday morning, regardless of price. Any company that uses its stockholders' money this way doesn't need my support.
  • Reply 470 of 1351
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    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    How can you have a contract law and not have the government get involved? Who mediates the inevitable contractual issues?



    No different than any other contract. Mandatory mediation could be standard.
  • Reply 471 of 1351
    djdjdjdj Posts: 74member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Prince View Post


    Gay marriage is a legal right that relates to being able to do the same business as anyone else: insurance, hospital visitation rights, and other legal protections that married couples take for granted. The government does not clearly define the civil and religious aspects of marriage, so there's not some non-religious form of domestic partnership that gives gays the same legal rights as other people.



    Nobody is forcing gays into your religion, the issue is whether religions should force their dogma on the government. Prop 8 is an effort to rewrite the constitution to say that gays can't have the same legal rights as anyone else.



    Gays already have those rights without marriage in California.



    This law would force gay issues to be part of religion. It's only a matter of time before churches which choose not to perform gay marriages are sued. And as things stand now that lawsuit would probably hold up in court. So it does force gay marriage onto religion.
  • Reply 472 of 1351
    djdjdjdj Posts: 74member
    Apple should stay out of this. It is just bad policy for companies to take political sides, especially heated ones like this. They risk offending large numbers of potential customers.
  • Reply 473 of 1351
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
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    Originally Posted by djdj View Post


    Gays already have those rights without marriage in California.



    This law would force gay issues to be part of religion. It's only a matter of time before churches which choose not to perform gay marriages are sued. And as things stand now that lawsuit would probably hold up in court. So it does force gay marriage onto religion.



    You know that isn't true. Stop spreading lies.
  • Reply 474 of 1351
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    Originally Posted by alpha10711 View Post


    I am an AAPL stockholder too. But I am selling my stock on Monday morning, regardless of price. Any company that uses its stockholders' money this way doesn't need my support.







    My oh my, what a strict moral compass we have...





    We'd better look in to all of our investments and consumerism then...corporate sponsored genocide, back-handers, weapons manufacturing & export, hazardous waste dumping and shady dealings galore are what you'll find if you read between the lines and do a little research. Kind of makes Apple's dream of free love and happiness for all somewhat mild...
  • Reply 475 of 1351
    djdjdjdj Posts: 74member
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    Originally Posted by jeagen View Post


    The people of California voted and passed the law stating that marriage was between one man and one women - its called democracy when the people vote. The four judges who over-ruled the will of the people are corrupt and abused their power.



    Apple is a public company that is owned by the stock holders and represents employees who have a broad view of beliefs, Apple executives and/or Steve Jobs has no right to make political statements for all of the stock holders and/or the employees. Apple is in the consumer electronics business to make money for the stock holders. If Steve Jobs and the Apple executives feel this issue is so important, they should make personal donations. Comments on this forum have stated people who disagree should not buy Apple products. If Apple feels this is such an important human rights issue, they should make a statement that they only want people who agree with their political agenda to buy their products - profit/money should not matter if this is so important to Apple. It was Apple who made this a vital human rights issue, not the consumers demanding that Apple do anything. Consumers just want Apple to create great products.



    I have also read a number of folks saying that no one complained when companies started supporting same sex partner benefits. I worked at IBM when they started same sex partner benefits and the executives just told us we were supporting same sex partners. They didn't ask the employees to vote on the change, because if they did - it never would have passed.



    The "old books", moral character and common sense are timeless. If anything, the matured 21st century has only shown that nothing is new since the beginning. The free world has become consumed with making sure "everyone is happy", "don't hurt anyone's feelings", "there is no right or wrong", "do it if it makes you feel good". The enemies of the free world will never need to fire a shot - we are destroying ourselves from within. The people of hollywood, mainstream media, liberal free thinkers, schools and colleges and most European countries are only worried about making sure everyone is happy and we can talk to everyone who disagrees.



    I served my country and came close to losing my life; brave men/women are dying today and many have died from the past. We believe in the freedom of the PEOPLE and not the rule of the few in government, judges, United Nations, corporate executives......etc. Many who have written in this forum, mainstream media, hollywood, politicians, corporate executives would be shocked to learn how much soldiers disagree with their views. The United States has spread freedom thru-out the world with the blood and sacrifice of its soldiers and we have never worried if our enemies feelings were hurt and how happy they were. The people in hollywood, mainstream media, colleges, liberal free world thinkers and most European countries today are more concerned about being happy, not hurting anyones feelings, right and wrong is up to each individual, live for today......etc.



    The free world has become the spoiled, uncontrollable child - "It's all about me", "there is no wrong", "I want everything now", "make me happy", "I want what they have and deserve it".....etc.



    That was an amazing post. Thanks for sharing!
  • Reply 476 of 1351
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    Originally Posted by alpha10711 View Post


    I am an AAPL stockholder too. But I am selling my stock on Monday morning, regardless of price. Any company that uses its stockholders' money this way doesn't need my support.



    I'm sure you'll enjoy quite a loss on your investment (assuming you really are a shareholder). LOL!
  • Reply 477 of 1351
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    Originally Posted by city View Post


    Why wait? This looks like a free for all to me. Let keep off topic and keep abortion safe, available everywhere and rare! That would mean NOT voting for Palin. Anyone disagree? I am hoping for silence. All of this and we still don't know where Bill Gates stands on Prop 8.



    First... Kudos to AI for not banning free speech. MacRumors.com has locked their thread on the whole 'Apple contribution to CA's Prop 8' saying it has run the "gamut". That probably would have been true after a few days to a week as the story faded with new accounts on other Apple stories and rumors, but MacRumors.com decided to stop the "rights" of people "to peacefully assemble" for the purpose of "freedom of speech" which, they as a private entity have, but way uncool!



    Forget abortion. Out of the many things that have come out of Obama's mouth, none were ever truer then the words he spoke at the Saddleback Q&A with Rick Warren regarding the question, "At what point does a baby get human rights in your view?", to which Obama replied "above my pay grade.", like so many other things are.



    What a conundrum it must be to not support life that according to the US Declaration of Independence, which only gives the reason why the colonies broke away from Great Britain, where as the Constitution of the US is the actual guideline and Supreme Law of our land, but since others have brought up that whole "pursuit of happiness" phrase from the US Declaration of Independence, I'd like to bring up the phrase that comes just before the 'pursuit' thing and that is "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life". Can you support one, "Pursuit..." while disregarding the other, "Right to Life..." and still be correct?



    The democrats in Congress have always asked why the Bush administration is fighting two wars without any "sacrifices"! What's up with that? Okay, I get it, democrats think the war in Iraq that their VP candidate, Joe Biden, as a US Senator voted for, took our eye off the ball. However, you would think Obama's vast Ivy League learning would have led him to pick a VP candidate who supposedly vast knowledge on foreign affairs, would be on the same page of a major issue that has consumed their party since the spring of 2003 when some showed no confidence in the US military but were being refuted. "Gen. Scales was by far one of the most competent military analysts (Fox News) during the war. As the war "bogged down" (after four days!) and second guessing began, pundits, military and civilian alike rushed in to suggest that we would have to "revise the strategy" to avoid a "quagmire." As others were losing their heads, Gen. Scales reminded viewers that "the main thing in war is to make sure that ’the main thing’ remains the main thing." (http://www.ashbrook.org/publicat/ope...4/iraqwar.html)



    First to the democrats in Congress who are saying there is no sacrifice, I say "YOU FIRST!" When was the last time the government every sacrificed anything? Of either party?! Second, why would you want your constituents to sacrifice in the first place? Sounds absurd! Finally, I heard on the news where if the democrats gain control of the government, they want to reduce the defense budget. "Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said Democrats will push for a stimulus package after the November election, and called for a package reducing defense spending by 25 percent while saying Congress will "eventually" raise taxes." (http://briefingroom.thehill.com/2008...ual-tax-hikes/)



    Hold on to your wallets folks!



    Cut the defense budget by 25%?! The sacrifices those democrats keep talking about, I guess we now know who will be doing the sacrificing! And they wonder why people see democrats as weak on national security!



    Finally, no silence here... I'm voting for Governor Palin! Senator McCain, can come along for the ride. Although we will have to wait until Nov. 4th for the ultimate conclusion, if she wins, it will be the ultimate poke in the eye to every leftist elitist be it women's organizations, tv talks shows, newspapers and magazines, the drive-by lame street media, Hollywood's elitist "know it all" and other "entertainers", and leftists liberals of all stripes. It would not be the reason for my voting for her, just an added bonus! Especially seeing NBC's SNL's, Tina Fey, having to say "America's Great, Golly G!" - priceless. I bet Tina is grinding her teeth to little stubs with every Pro-America utterance she has to read from the tele prompter!



    EDIT: Going through all the crap that Governor Palin went through, be it "US" magazines unflattering cover page photo to a porn movie with a Governor Palin look a like, this lady, IMHO, has endured more trials and tribulations then any politician in recent times. Criticize her policy standings all you like, I have no problem with that, but when you deride her as human being as has been done by all those "tolerant" people from the left, then I have problem. I know one thing, she has more character and poise and strength then Obama ever will when it comes to grace regarding being poked fun of as in this example of Obama...



    "In the third-last paragraph of her October 21, 2006 “Obama’s Project Runway” column (the one that, luckily for Barack Obama, almost no one outside of Manhattan reads), the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd wrote this about Barack Obama:



    He’s intriguingly imperfect: His ears stick out, he smokes, and he’s written about wrestling with pot, booze and ”maybe a little blow” as a young man.



    On Sunday, December 10, roughly 50 days later, noted in a column by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, Obama took on Dowd over arguably the least relevant item in that sentence:



    Obama is very sensitive about his press. After his press conference, he headed toward New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and chided her — in a kidding way — for a comment in the 12th of 14 paragraphs in an Oct. 21 column. She wrote that Obama’s “ears stick out.”



    “I just want to put you on notice,” he said.



    “I was teased relentlessly when I was a kid about my big ears.”



    Wow — 50 days later, the guy was still stewing over four words about his ears."



    (http://www.bizzyblog.com/2006/12/15/...r-hes-all-man/)



    Yes, I am voting for Sarah Palin with no apologies, none what so ever!
  • Reply 478 of 1351
    first of all, this is a civil issue (one that, on this forum, should concern only how it might affect apple ... i might take the long way, but i'll get to that). despite the inspiration many of the framers took from religion, many others were decidedly nonreligious. they agreed, however, on the separation of church and state. as such, the views of religious institutions should not impact domestic policy. so if you disagree on religious grounds, that's perfectly fine, but don't use it as the basis for wanting a DOMA on a state or federal level. you need to prove that gay marriage would be unconstitutional.



    and speaking of unconstitutional things, judges are not required or expected to obey the will of the people ... they are tasked with weighing the laws against the constitution. so by "legislating from the bench," they are simply doing the job we've given them (in an ideal world ... it would be naive to assume none let personal opinion to slip in). they strike down or uphold laws according to their constitutional duties.



    the fallacy with asking why pro-gay marriage groups are pushing this (since many rights are already afforded them) is that it goes back to "separate-but-equal."



    surprise, it's not all that equal.



    to summarize this increasingly lengthy post, apple is simply going with what's best for the company, while staying true to their beliefs. they reside in a left-leaning state with a more active homosexual community, public policy seems to be drifting in the direction of either marriage or civil unions for homosexual companies (and they can appear to be forward-thinking), and they can keep a large part of their work force proud of the company they work for. they might lose a few shareholders, customers or employees as a result, but the long-term benefits far outweigh those losses.



    oh, and on a personal note, if i see the phrases "nancy boy" or "fruit" again, i might blow a gasket. i'm a straight man, but something about that whole "all men are created equal" just stuck with me.



    maybe it's just me.
  • Reply 479 of 1351
    citycity Posts: 522member
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    Originally Posted by alpha10711 View Post


    I am an AAPL stockholder too. But I am selling my stock on Monday morning, regardless of price. Any company that uses its stockholders' money this way doesn't need my support.



    If the price is right, I am buying. Thanks Appledecider.
  • Reply 480 of 1351
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,716member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jeagen View Post


    The people of California voted and passed the law stating that marriage was between one man and one women - its called democracy when the people vote. The four judges who over-ruled the will of the people are corrupt and abused their power.



    Apple is a public company that is owned by the stock holders and represents employees who have a broad view of beliefs, Apple executives and/or Steve Jobs has no right to make political statements for all of the stock holders and/or the employees. Apple is in the consumer electronics business to make money for the stock holders. If Steve Jobs and the Apple executives feel this issue is so important, they should make personal donations. Comments on this forum have stated people who disagree should not buy Apple products. If Apple feels this is such an important human rights issue, they should make a statement that they only want people who agree with their political agenda to buy their products - profit/money should not matter if this is so important to Apple. It was Apple who made this a vital human rights issue, not the consumers demanding that Apple do anything. Consumers just want Apple to create great products.



    I have also read a number of folks saying that no one complained when companies started supporting same sex partner benefits. I worked at IBM when they started same sex partner benefits and the executives just told us we were supporting same sex partners. They didn't ask the employees to vote on the change, because if they did - it never would have passed.



    The "old books", moral character and common sense are timeless. If anything, the matured 21st century has only shown that nothing is new since the beginning. The free world has become consumed with making sure "everyone is happy", "don't hurt anyone's feelings", "there is no right or wrong", "do it if it makes you feel good". The enemies of the free world will never need to fire a shot - we are destroying ourselves from within. The people of hollywood, mainstream media, liberal free thinkers, schools and colleges and most European countries are only worried about making sure everyone is happy and we can talk to everyone who disagrees.



    I served my country and came close to losing my life; brave men/women are dying today and many have died from the past. We believe in the freedom of the PEOPLE and not the rule of the few in government, judges, United Nations, corporate executives......etc. Many who have written in this forum, mainstream media, hollywood, politicians, corporate executives would be shocked to learn how much soldiers disagree with their views. The United States has spread freedom thru-out the world with the blood and sacrifice of its soldiers and we have never worried if our enemies feelings were hurt and how happy they were. The people in hollywood, mainstream media, colleges, liberal free world thinkers and most European countries today are more concerned about being happy, not hurting anyones feelings, right and wrong is up to each individual, live for today......etc.



    The free world has become the spoiled, uncontrollable child - "It's all about me", "there is no wrong", "I want everything now", "make me happy", "I want what they have and deserve it".....etc.



    It is not spoiled to fight for legal and civil equity. Desire for happiness is universal. If you believe that people are essentially born equal then yes, everybody deserves the same civil and legal rights as one another. And who are you to deny anybody these rights you enjoy? Do you feel that the strides that have been made towards racial equality in the western world over the last 50 years is the results of this "spoiled, uncontrollable child" and therefore 'wrong'?
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