Sunday, August 29, 2004

Bumper Sticker Confusion. I saw a car with two contradictory bumper stickers that confused me the other day.

One read, "Don't approve of abortion? Don't have one."

The other said, "Gun Control? Yes, for a sane future."

What? Why didn't the gun sticker read, "Don't like guns? Don't have one" to be consistent with the message of the abortion sticker?

Herein lies the seeds of a good information literacy classroom assignment. Why not base a class on this?

Why would someone insist that those who disagree with their pro-abortion views be quiet but at the same time be insistent that those who disagree with their anti-gun view listen to them? Why does one person hold different views on choice depending on the issue at hand?

It might be useful to throw in historical comparison. Talk about the slavery debate. What if 1860 was today and pro-slavery supporters had bumper stickers that read, "Don't like slavery? Don't own a slave." Is the argument valid? If not, how does this impact the pro-abortion sticker's message validity?

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