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WTF? Vegans Get Religious Protection

Posted on March 7 2010 10:41 pm
Liz Blaine is a financial analyst, author and freelance writer on finance, economics and politics. Follow her on Twitter and her blog Liz Blaine.
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I just had my WTF moment for the week. While catching up on world news I see this headline: “Don’t mock my lentils: vegans to get discrimination rights.” The Times Online article leads with,

“VEGANS and teetotallers are to be given the same protection against discrimination as religious groups.

“A person who is a vegan chooses not to use or consume animal products of any kind. That person eschews the exploitation of animals for food, clothing, accessories or any other purpose and does so out of an ethical commitment to animal welfare.””

So now ethical commitment mandates religious protection? What happened to equal rights not special rights?

Here’s my checklist…

Color of your skin… protected class.
Sexual fetishes… protected class.
Non-alcoholic drinkers… protected class.
Non-carnivore… protected class.
Non-smoker… protected class.
Unemployed layabout… protected class.

I’m sure I’m omitting many other “protected” classes, but you get my point. What I would like to know is this: I’m a TAXPAYER supporting ALL of the above. What exactly will I be protected from?

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