20 January 2009

Doughnut conspiracies

Anti-abortionists in the US are taking bizarre potshots at none other than the Krispy Kreme doughnut chain, which is hard to imagine as a hotbed of contention in the abortion debate, or any other debate for that matter:

Seeking to commemorate Barack Obama's inauguration Tuesday—and no doubt bring in more business—Krispy Kreme is offering "a free doughnut of choice to every customer on this historic day." The offer is about "honoring American's [sic] sense of pride and freedom of choice," the chain said in a news release. "Stores nationwide are making an oath to tasty goodies—just another reminder of how oh-so-sweet 'free' can be."


While the average reader might be offended by the news release's hokey metaphors and debasement of the very concept of freedom, the American Life League sees something sinister at work.

"Freedom of choice?"

"Doughnut of choice?"

"Barack Obama?"

Perhaps Krispy Kreme is really talking about ... abortion!

"The unfortunate reality of a post Roe v. Wade America is that 'choice' is synonymous with abortion access and celebration of 'freedom of choice' is a tacit endorsement of abortion rights on demand," American Life League President Judie Brown said in a news release. "The next time you stare down a conveyor belt of slow-moving, hot, sugary glazed donuts at your local Krispy Kreme you just might be supporting President-elect Barack Obama's radical support for abortion on demand."

For the record, a Krispy Kreme spokesman assured The Talk that "the Inauguration Day promotion is not about any social or political issue."

Does Ms Brown have no inbuilt self-humiliation detector?

- Source: Chicago Tribune, 19 January 2009

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