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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

'Fat' Chance

(Fox News) - A Buddhist businessman who is opening a Chinese restaurant in Durham, England has been told he cannot name it "Fat Buddha" — for fear of offending Buddhists.

The Daily Mail reports the city council's head of cultural services demanded that Eddie Fung change the name because it is "provocative." But Fung says that's nonsense: "No Buddhist is going to be offended by this," he says. "The fat Buddha is a symbol of health and happiness. It is political correctness gone mad."

And a spokesman for the Buddhist society agrees, saying: "Buddhists regard the fat Buddha as lucky. To suggest this is offensive is to misunderstand the faith."


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