|Originally posted by pumpkinhead
And I would HARDLY call Martin Luther King Jr. an extremist! [/B]
Tell that to my racist grandfather (whom I love, and had tons of other great qualities; but his ingrained racism was there, nonetheless).
I get the point of your quote.
My point is that different words mean different things. Many people do *not* see a difference between Activist and Extremist.
And I also think we all here in Mothering dot com world live in a little dream world that people actually think like us!
I *know* that the chief obstetrician in the largest OBGYN group in our area has referred to our practice as the "natural birth nazis." He did it during a hospital staff meeting, and got quite a positive response from many of the other OBs at the meeting. I'm assuming that he means that we are extremist.
Ever heard of La Leche League, an activist league if I ever saw one, referred to as the Breastfeeding Nazis? Spend a little time in the break room on a L&D floor and you will.
The definitions of Activist and Extremist are different for everyone.
My PETA activist is your animal rights extremist, for example.
I understand your quote was made tounge in cheek; I have heard my grandfather make almost the same quote, but he wasn't joking. In a world where extremist/activists ARE being taken out back and shot, the quote is unsettling to me.
However, your "I liked the quote I think it is ironic and funny" quote is my "Joh Ashcroft scares the hell out of me, I wonder if he likes this quote (but obviously for completely different reasons than you do!)" quote.
One more example of how we all interpret things differently.
And, just to get back on topic, the PETA board sure made you think, didn't it, whether you liked it or not! Once again, they have succeeded.