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‘Inflammatory’ terms used for anti-choice lobby
To the editor:
Regarding the letter from N. Taylor on Anti-abortionists using mean and painful bulling techniques in front of KGH.
I would like to give the definition of bullying from the Merriam-Webster dictionary. “Bully-verb: to frighten, hurt, or threaten (a smaller or weaker person): to act like a bully toward (someone): To cause (someone) to do something by making threats or insults or by using force.”
That is very different from people holding signs expressing their views on the sanctity of the unborn but rather is an attempt to misuse the English language to slander a group who are legally and peacefully expressing their views on a very controversial subject. Does their picketing constitute mean and painful bulling? Not according to the dictionary and the law.
The writer also uses the word harassment several times. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Harassment: “1. to annoy or bother (someone) in a constant or repeated way. 2: to make repeated attacks against (an enemy).”
Again, using a very inflammatory word in a very wrong context.
So, are the anti-abortion demonstrators guilty of bullying and harassing those seeking abortions or is N. Taylor using very inflammatory and misleading words out of context to make her point? This misuse of the terms bullying and harassment is also an insult to those who do truly suffer from bulling and harassment in their lives.
Murray Elliott, Kelowna