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  • July 8, 2014 4:53 pm

    Is heightism as unacceptable as racism?

    House of Commons Speaker John Bercow asks if heightism is acceptable

    7 July 2014 Last updated at 23:59 BST

    David Cameron made a joke that referred to the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow as one of the Seven Dwarfs.

    Mr Bercow, who is 5ft 6in tall, has questioned why it is somehow acceptable to criticise people over their height, when attacking someone for their skin colour or sexuality is widely accepted as wrong.

    BBC Newsnight's Stephen Smith reports.

    TSC: This time, the BBC proves that heightism is one of the last celebrated forms of widespread bigotry left in the world.  The broadcast doesn’t take the issue seriously until the part about tall people facing social stigma.  Whenever the issue of heightism was brought up otherwise, one can hear Randy Newman’s offensive ballad “Short People” playing in the background. 

    Then, for no reason, the piece claims that shorter people are less intelligent than taller people and that smarter people tend to mate with tall people.  So, instead of addressing the social prejudice, the BBC chooses to partake in it and cite out-of-context studies to justify height bigotry. 

    And, in the final analysis, the BBC implies that height bigotry is morally acceptable because height is not a protected class under UK law.  One wonders if homophobia and bigotry against gays was also morally acceptable when it was perfectly legal to discriminate against gay people in the United Kingdom? 

  • April 20, 2012 12:13 am

    The Boys' Growing Up in the Lord

    TSC: O.K., now this is an interesting site.  Apparently, it answers questions that boys have about puberty from a Christian Fundamentalist perspective.  There are a lot of questions on the site that deal with growth or height.  And a lot dealing with other topics as well.  But notice how the author answers questions about height versus how he answers questions about homosexuality.  Height - “And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?" (Luke 12:25-26). Homosexuality - “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God" (I Corinthians 6:9-10).”

    Height - Mellow out dude, it’s alright.  Homosexuality - You’re going to Hell. 

    Frankly, I wouldn’t put too much value in this guy’s opinions on either topic.