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Friday, March 31, 2017

Bully A Smoker Today!

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the following voluntary behaviors are actually mental illnesses:
  • Alcohol Abuse/Dependence
  • Barbiturate Dependence
  • Caffeine Induced Anxiety Disorder
  • Cannabis Dependence
  • Cocaine Dependence
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Opioid Dependence 
  • Nicotine Withdrawal (but not nicotine dependence)
If the professional association of shrinks who rule in this land are correct, drunks, pill poppers, coffee consumers, marijuana smokers, cocaine users, heroin users and Yuppies (obsessive compulsive disorder) are all mentally ill.  If each of  the members of each of those groups is truly mentally ill, then they are not morally responsible for their actions when under the influence of their illness.  Whenever any member of the above groups does something that the rest of us would consider to be sinful or immoral they are given a free pass if it relates directly to their mental illness.   I am not guilty of a sin when I barf over the theater patron sitting next to me when I get the flu.  On the other hand, if I just barfed on the theater patron sitting next to me for the fun of it, I would be guilty of some sin or crime.  A mental illness gives me an excuse to do things I want to do but would not be able to get away with if I were not considered to be sick in the head.
Conspicuously absent from the list of mental illnesses is nicotine dependence.  On the other hand, nicotine withdrawal is recognized as a mental illness, thus allowing all people who are trying to quit smoking to be as rude and irritable as they want to be without any negative consequences for their anti-social behavior.  According to the government approved cabal of shrinks who cook up new and improved mental illnesses,  nicotine withdrawal is a mental illness but nicotine dependence is not.  I find it wildly ironic that the federal government believes sane people smoke cigarettes but those who attempt to stop smoking cigarettes are mentally ill.  That being the case, why would the government endorse mental illness by exhorting its citizens to quit smoking?  I don't know the answer to that question.  What I do know is that by not including nicotine dependence or addiction on the list of government approved mental illnesses the federal government gives itself a license to persecute and prosecute people who smoke.  Let me tell you about that today.
Today's Ask Amy column contains an interesting letter from a woman in Canada who is fed up with smokers.  Here is some of what she wrote to Amy: "I work in a small office with three other employees.  They all smoke.  If I had known they smoked, I would not have hired them. Studies show that smokers are less productive and have higher rates of illness than nonsmokers....My problem is my resentment and irritation toward them.  All winter long, one or the other is coughing, hacking, sniffling or getting over an illness, which I believe is linked to their smoking...They smell terrible!  I resist the urge to move backward when they are speaking directly to me.  I frequently have to sit next to them at their desk for training or other purposes.  I dread this contact.  I could ban smoking breaks, because they are not entitled to these in their contract or our employment standards....How should I handle this?"
I find it very interesting that Christians are forced, by federal, state and local statute, to hire homosexuals, transvestites and witches. Any Christian businessperson who discriminates by not hiring someone from a protected group, generally based upon sexual or religious preferences, can be fined and/or imprisoned for doing so.  Canuk, as I will call her, clearly states her intention and desire to discriminate against smokers when it comes to hiring.  If she had her way she would have refused to hire these three employees simply because they smoke.  If she had refused to hire them because they are smokers she would have broken no laws, unlike the Christian who might refuse to hire a transvestite.  The law provides no protection for smokers and employers are free to abuse and bully them as much as they please.
Canuk somehow believes she is a medical doctor.  She has diagnosed the physical illnesses of these three employees and proudly pronounced them to be the direct result of their smoking.  The possibility that these three folks might be sick more often than her because she is unusually healthy is not considered.  The further possibility that these three folks might be sick more often because they are forced to stand outside any time they want to smoke a cigarette is not deemed possible.  An additional possibility that these three people might have little ones at home, who all parents know constantly bring home a plethora of bugs and diseases, is not even on the radar.   Nope, Canuk is convinced that these three individuals are a drain on her resources because they are constantly sick as a result of their smoking.  For that she wishes to deny them their civil rights.
Why is gossiping about another person by telling Amy that that person "smells terrible" not a sin?  By what objective standard of olfactory excellence does Canuk determine that these people exude a noxious odor?  I happen to like the smell of stale tobacco smoke.  Why is Canuk right and I am wrong?  Can you imagine the outrage that would be the direct result of asserting that homosexuals smell terrible?  How about saying that fat people smell terrible?  How about declaring that some fat people apparently do not sweat very much?  All of those assertions would be examples of hate speech and subject to fines and imprisonment in civilized societies but in the Socialist Democracy of Amerika you can say anything you want about smokers and nothing is ever done about it.
Canuk is so outraged by the aroma emanating from these smokers that she wants to control their behavior outside of the work environment.  She proudly states that she would like to ban breaks if she could.  I think we all know that smokers take advantage of breaks to have a smoke.  This causes Canuk to see red.  This will not do.  They must be punished for their sins.
Canuk concludes her letter by writing, "I know I am not perfect but I do not have habits that have such an impact upon others."  Really?  How about your habit of not hiring smokers? What about your habit of proclaiming that smokers smell terrible?  What about your attempts to control the behavior of smokers even when they are not in your presence?  Canuk is oblivious to her own obnoxious and harmful behaviors.  To use a term that is so very popular in the SDA today, Canuk is a bully and nothing else.  

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