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February 12, 2010

In a recent CBS/New York Times poll (.pdf), 70% of Americans supported the idea of gay men and lesbians serving in the military.

In a recent CBS/New York Times poll (.pdf), 59% of Americans supported the idea of homosexuals serving in the military.

The difference, of course, is the wording.  Americans apparently like gay men and lesbians more than they like homosexuals. 

While the civil rights implications of these results are tricky to decipher, there is an important lesson in logic: the principle of contradiction does not apply in the United States.  That’s pretty much the end of the game, folks.  We win. 

Enhanced interrogation isn’t torture, but waterboarding is.  Gays should be entitled to civil unions that confer upon the couple all of the legal benefits of marriage, but they should not be allowed to marry.  Dinosaurs lived on the earth millions of years before earth the was created 6,000 years ago.  Nothing funny ever happened on Friends, but Friends was a successful comedy.

It’s possible that the discrepancy in the results was caused by a definitional problem, not a logical inconsistency, but absent more data, I prefer to consider it a bold step toward liberation from the constraints of ivory tower intellectual mumbo jumbo.  The real world is an up is down and dirty place.

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