Finish-the-Sentence Friday: Olympics

by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free

Finish the following sentence: President Bush was right/wrong to attend the opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games in China because

I’ll start: My opinion is that President Bush was wrong to attend the opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games in China because his absence would have shown unity with other world leaders who are fed up with China’s continued human rights abuses.

From its support of the Sudanese government (which is perpetrating the genocide in Darfur), to its widespread religious persecution, to its one-child-only policy, to the censorship and persecution of its own people, the Chinese government just hasn’t made enough progress to warrant a $100-million celebration in its honor. China has spent around $40 billion on hosting the Olympic games. This is in a country where, according to the World Bank, there are around 135 million people living on less than $1.25 per day. In fact, many were forced from their homes to make room for the new stadiums and facilities.

I think it would have made a great statement if President Bush had spent the evening in the company of refugees from Darfur or with the Dali Lama.

(That was a long sentence, huh?!

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