Wednesday, February 8, 2012

O'Reilly Impresses Me


Who would've ever thought I'd have a positive thing to say about Bill O'Reilly? I'll be honest, certainly not me. But the world is full of infinite possibilities and this one has come to pass.

A group, One Million Moms, has declared a boycott against JC Penney because Ellen DeGeneres is their current spokesperson. This organization says that JC Penney--by hiring an openly homosexual spokesperson--is taking a side (apparently the "wrong" side) in a "culture war" that is in direct contrast to the "traditional families" that actually shop at JC Penney and that they should fire DeGeneres as their spokesperson.

O'Reilly discussed this issue on his "Unresolved Problems" segment and actually defended JC Penney's right to choose who they want and encouraged the organization to spend their money elsewhere if that was their prerogative. Further, he compared this boycott to the McCarthy-era communist blacklists during the 1950s and asked what the difference was.

The essential question is that a group, a conservative group, in this country is asking a private company to fire an American citizen based upon her lifestyle. . . . This JC Penney thing is a witch hunt and it shouldn't happen.

Wow, O'Reilly, just wow! 

I will continue to shop at JC Penney because as part of a "traditional" Christian family that shops there, I don't care who your spokesperson is and I celebrate your right to hire and/or fire whomever you choose. Personally, a spokesperson doesn't make or break where my money is spent; it's the quality and value of what I get when I do shop. Conversely, if I disagreed, I don't have to spend my money in your store, and I'd still celebrate your right to hire and/or fire whomever you choose. Lucky for me I don't have to choose because I support JC Penney and Ellen.

Kudos to O'Reilly . . . and I never thought I'd say that!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Open Letter . . .

Dear Susan G. Komen Foundation,

Although I am glad that you "reversed" your decision and will continue to fund Planned Parenthood, I find your utter lack of forethought of the decision to do so in the first place disturbing. This was further highlighted by your apparent lack of de-funding all programs under investigation (i.e., your $7.5 million donation to Penn State to fund cancer research).

Women's health is important, period. You forgot that, and I will venture to guess, it's because you've allowed the organization to get caught up in some political mumbo-jumbo--an arena that women's health should be no part of.

I'm disturbed that in your "race for the cure," you felt that it only applied to a certain segment of women and not to all women, especially those of lesser means.

You have shown your true colors, and forgot that under that pink ribbon, we all bleed red.

And I'm sorry for that because I once--not so long ago--truly believed in what you were fighting for. But I can no longer support your organization or anyone that "races" under your ribbon.