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CNN Asks 'How Ethical Is Your Easter Basket?'
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/04/04/cnn-asks-how-ethical-your-easter-basket ^

Posted on 04/05/2012 6:10:51 AM PDT by chessplayer

Four days before the holiest time of the year for Christians, CNN.com actually asked, "How ethical is your Easter basket?"

This was the headline for the video of a CNN Newsroom segment Wednesday about child slaves being used to harvest cocoa in West Africa.

SUZANNE MALVEAUX, CNN ANCHOR: All right. So before you start buying the Easter chocolate this weekend, something you should consider, is it contributing to child slavery. Turns out that most of the world's cocoa fields are in West Africa. Hundreds of thousands of children are forced to work in those fields. David Mattingly takes us to one of the farms in Ivory Coast.


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Oh, great. So now if we eat or drink anything with chocolate in it, we're responsible for causing child slavery.
1 posted on 04/05/2012 6:10:54 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Someone should ask the CNN staff how ‘ethical’ their daily Star-buck’s Frappacino is!


2 posted on 04/05/2012 6:14:39 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: chessplayer

Well Ms. Malveaux.. if you don’t want chocolate in your Easter basket... don’t eat it. Beyond that, it’s not your business.


3 posted on 04/05/2012 6:15:12 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: chessplayer

Of course, this regime believes teens working on family farms are subjected to a form of “slavery” as well.


4 posted on 04/05/2012 6:16:26 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: chessplayer

Chocolate or no chocolate Africa and every country in it is an unmitigated sh*t-hole for 90% of its population.

Think about that the next time Reverends Al and Jesse are demanding reparations.

Would they rather not have grown up in America?

I’m not defending pre-Civil War slavery, I’m just saying what no one wants to talk about: African Americans should kiss the ground they walk on (as should we all) that they are not in their sh*t-hole ancestral homes.


5 posted on 04/05/2012 6:18:36 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: chessplayer

Interesting that the indirect connection between Christianity and African slavery is highlighted by the leftists but the DIRECT PRACTISE OF OWNING ACTUAL BLACK SLAVES in Muslim-controlled Africa is never mentioned by these commie leftist slugs.


6 posted on 04/05/2012 6:20:22 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: chessplayer

Oh Brother... here we go!

These people really have issues


7 posted on 04/05/2012 6:21:16 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Anyone But Obama in November !!!)
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To: chessplayer

OK...that’s it! I’m convinced! Having seen the light,courtesy of CNN,I officially declare myself to be an atheist.


8 posted on 04/05/2012 6:21:40 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President To Have Served In My Lifetime.)
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To: chessplayer

One final thought on this story:

How Christian is an Easter basket? What does an Easter basket really have to do with the meaning of Easter at all?


9 posted on 04/05/2012 6:21:58 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: chessplayer

What is the predominant religion in these regions? Oh yeah, the Religion of Peace ..... meanwhile, WE are the ones who are supposed to wring our hands with grief.

There is only 1 religion in the world who still believes and practices slavery .... and it’s Islam.


10 posted on 04/05/2012 6:22:06 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: ScottinVA
I saw this report.

Talk about about a bunch of feel-good lib tripe.

11 posted on 04/05/2012 6:22:06 AM PDT by wbill
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To: chessplayer

“ethical” - secularist defined “morals”, subject to change, of course, if they don’t fit the current agenda.


12 posted on 04/05/2012 6:22:28 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: ScottinVA
Of course, this regime believes teens working on family farms are subjected to a form of “slavery” as well.

Actually, that's kind of what the kids in the "report" looked like to me.

13 posted on 04/05/2012 6:24:30 AM PDT by wbill
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To: chessplayer

If I wash the chocolate down with Pepsi,am I absolved?


14 posted on 04/05/2012 6:26:10 AM PDT by Makana
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To: chessplayer

http://www.dambisamoyo.com/books/?book=dead-aid


15 posted on 04/05/2012 6:26:57 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: chessplayer
CNN Asks 'How Ethical Is Your Easter Basket?

I ask: How ethical is your news "reporting"?

16 posted on 04/05/2012 6:28:18 AM PDT by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: chessplayer

But Hershey chocolates are made in Mexico. Do we want to put them out of work?


17 posted on 04/05/2012 6:28:45 AM PDT by AU72
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To: chessplayer
How Ethical Is Your Easter Basket ?

             

18 posted on 04/05/2012 6:28:45 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: samtheman

http://www.amazon.com/The-Poor-Will-Glad-Revolution/dp/0310293596


19 posted on 04/05/2012 6:29:39 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: chessplayer

Earth to CNN, when you start reporting about the most inhumane society and religion on the planet (can you spell ISLAM?), we might start thinking you’ve got at least 1/2 room temp IQ.

Until then, shove it up your collective septic, smelly very big Obamas,


20 posted on 04/05/2012 6:30:27 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Le Chien Rouge

Someone should ask the CNN staff how ‘ethical’ their daily Star-buck’s Frappacino is!


They would just say,,,”oh, that’s different!” They wouldn’t explain how it’s different, but thats what they would say.


21 posted on 04/05/2012 6:31:55 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: jtal

Little surprise that this article did not come out at Halloween?


22 posted on 04/05/2012 6:32:03 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too... @Onelifetogive)
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To: chessplayer
Hundreds of thousands of children are forced to work in those fields

As opposed to what? Going to school and taking the summers off to go to summer camp???? Earth to CNN: Africa is a poor, miserable place. While I wish all children could grow up in a loving, care-free environment, that ain't gonna happen in these dirt-poor countries. Kids start working as soon as they can. That is the way the world is.

23 posted on 04/05/2012 6:34:02 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Onelifetogive

We’re overdue for our annual Holy Week story about some priest sex abuse dredged up from 30 years ago or some other “reminder” about how awful Christianity is.


24 posted on 04/05/2012 6:35:51 AM PDT by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: samtheman

Interesting that the indirect connection between Christianity and African slavery is highlighted by the leftists but the DIRECT PRACTISE OF OWNING ACTUAL BLACK SLAVES in Muslim-controlled Africa is never mentioned by these commie leftist slugs.


If they do mention it, they will say it’s a by-product European colonialism. In other words, modern day (as well as the past) slavery in Africa is whitey’s fault.


25 posted on 04/05/2012 6:36:28 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Yes, of course, colonialism. I failed to mention colonialism. And of course you are right. The muzzies can raze na Black African village, kill all the adult males, take all the women and children into slavery... and the leftist pr*cks in America in Europe will wring their hands about the “legacy of colonialism”.

How about the legacy of the Koran?


26 posted on 04/05/2012 6:39:11 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: wbill

Liberals never feel-good unless they they are fretting about some feel-bad story.


27 posted on 04/05/2012 6:39:18 AM PDT by DManA
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To: jtal

We’re overdue for our annual Holy Week story about some priest sex abuse dredged up from 30 years ago or some other “reminder” about how awful Christianity is.


Bet on it. But they will never mention on muslim holy days how islam encourages pedophilia.


28 posted on 04/05/2012 6:40:47 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer
Seriously don't care where the chocolate comes from in my Mary Sue Triple Chocolate Meltdown egg....

And, is it too much to ask the kill-joy libs to stay the hell out of the holidays that are all about candy --> Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter ?

29 posted on 04/05/2012 6:44:11 AM PDT by xtinct (The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you..Be Strong Patriots!)
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To: chessplayer; mickie
I can't wait to bite the head off that chocolate Easter bunny.

Please don't anyone report me to CNN or PETA.

Leni

30 posted on 04/05/2012 6:45:50 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: chessplayer

CNN needs to go just a little deeper into Easter to find that the word does not appear in the New Testament, and in fact the early Church did not observe it. They observed the Passover.

Easter was forced on the Church by coercion of capital punishment by government, specifically by the Roman Emperor Constantine I in AD 325. So, while Christians rightly complain about the moral implications of allowing government to seize control of their health care, they are going off to Easter Sunday services that has its theological basis in a political expediency of a long-dead Roman Emperor.


31 posted on 04/05/2012 6:46:02 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: chessplayer

I’d rather not buy chocolate that is produced by slave labor.

I also prefer to buy American rather than Chinese when possible because of ethical qualms about labor, copyrights and untrustworthy ingredients.

Maybe the report was annoying in tone (I didn’t see it), but I don’t have a problem with the basic idea of buying “ethical” chocolate. Of course, if it’s like ethical coffee, they don’t provide as good a quality beans because they know people are buying it to feel noble, not for the best taste.

I looked into the Chocolate thing a few years ago and found that chocolate from Guinea does not have a slave labor problem because it is a former British colony with a different history of this industry than its neighbors. (The article I read didn’t say it was because of Christianity, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case.)

The company I found that got its cocoa powder from Guinea was Cadbury, so I included Cadbury mini-eggs in our Easter baskets. Now, I understand that Cadbury is owned by Hershey? So that may or may not affect where they currently get their cocoa powder.

We still use Cadbury, but there is also Nestle, Hershey, Dove and Lindt mixed in there. It’s not a perfect world, but on Easter it is a sweet one. : )


32 posted on 04/05/2012 6:48:38 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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33 posted on 04/05/2012 6:50:13 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: chessplayer
Turns out that most of the world's cocoa fields are in West Africa. Hundreds of thousands of children are forced to work in those fields.

It's okay with me, as long as I get my chocolate covered Resse's Peanut Butter Easter eggs. Now if yu'll excuse me, I'm going for a nice long drive in my SUV so I can contribute to global wamring.

34 posted on 04/05/2012 6:50:49 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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I’m all for child slavery. Keeps the little miscreants off the street.


35 posted on 04/05/2012 6:51:16 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
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I'm surprised CNN can spell ethical. They probably think that's what comprises 10% of gasoline at the pumps.
36 posted on 04/05/2012 6:53:03 AM PDT by RavenLooneyToon (Tail gunner Joe was right.)
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Let’s all quit eating chocolate, so the kids won’t have a job, and the family won’t have an income. Let’s starve them, so liberals won’t feel so bad us eating candy.


37 posted on 04/05/2012 6:55:10 AM PDT by Jaidyn
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To: Makana

I got you beat, I only buy chocolate praying hands or crosses.


38 posted on 04/05/2012 6:57:27 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: chessplayer

A guy gets on a long-distance flight. He’s just getting comfortable when somebody sits down next to him. He looks up and wow, it’s Garry Kasparov. Kasparov basks for a moment in the recognition. Some way into the flight, the meals are cleared away and Garry produces an elegant little wooden travel chess set. He begins to play. After a while Kasparov asks the guy whether he would like to play chess to kill time. The guy replies, “Hey Garry, You think I don’t know who you are? I can’t compete with a world champion.” Kasparov replies, “’How about if I play left handed?” The guy thinks about this for a minute, then agrees. He is demolished in 8 moves, and is inconsolable for the rest of the journey. On landing he meets his friend, who asks him how the flight was. “It was terrible,” he says. “Completely humiliating. I played chess with Garry Kasparov and he beat me in spite of him playing left-handed!” His friend replies - “Ha! You were swindled! Dude, Garry Kasparov is left-handed!!”
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39 posted on 04/05/2012 6:58:18 AM PDT by RavenLooneyToon (Tail gunner Joe was right.)
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I think the Easter basket is a lot like the Easter dinner. If one has been abstaining from candy or meat or whatever for the 6 weeks of Lent, then those foods are reintroduced on Easter as a celebration of the risen Savior. Certainly, the practices aren’t grounded in solid Christian theology, they are symbolic.


40 posted on 04/05/2012 6:59:40 AM PDT by prairiebreeze
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To: chessplayer

Lies! All lies! Only America is evil enough to have slaves!!! No way would an African keep a brother or his little children as slaves!!!

Thanks, CNN, after that report I just put another yummy un-PC chocolate bunny in the basket.


41 posted on 04/05/2012 7:00:38 AM PDT by bgill
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All my goodies for Buona Pasqua were made in Italy!


42 posted on 04/05/2012 7:01:56 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: chessplayer

So, what’s the point of the story? Is CNN now going to donate all of its profits to this area of the world to make it better? Are they going to hire many out of work Americans to go to this area of the world and teach them a better way? No? Huh.

Then what is the point? To drum up an emotional cry for OUR GOVERNMENT to do something? And what exactly would they do? Give more of our tax money to this town’s leader so that he can place it into some offshore account and the town STILL doesn’t get any better? Perhaps military intervention that other segments of the LEFT can decry as baby killers?


43 posted on 04/05/2012 7:03:11 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (We the People are coming!!)
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44 posted on 04/05/2012 7:04:41 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: chessplayer
is it contributing to child slavery. Turns out that most of the world's cocoa fields are in West Africa. Hundreds of thousands of children are forced to work in those fields

Oh, come on Suzanne! They are just doing to work that Americans won't do. Isn't so bad when ILLEGAL Mexican children are picking lettuce in American farms.
45 posted on 04/05/2012 7:05:21 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (We the People are coming!!)
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How ethical was CNN toward Zimmerman? That’s the question CNN should be asking...


46 posted on 04/05/2012 7:07:44 AM PDT by GOPJ (Hoodies - because you can't kill a security camera for snitchin' - - freeper tacticalogic)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

Hey CNN, how ethicalis the abortion clinics that slaughter millions of babies each year? This is why I don’t watch the Crap Nut Network!


47 posted on 04/05/2012 7:08:38 AM PDT by Busko
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To: chessplayer

I expect a huge new “progressive’ campaign against...

wait for it....

BLOOD CHOCOLATE!

EEEWWWW! Wonder if the Dems are ready to lose the woman’s voter group with this.


48 posted on 04/05/2012 7:17:28 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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How many of them would starve if no-one ate chocolate. I don’t know about you but I’d rather work hard and eat than not work at all and starve.


49 posted on 04/05/2012 7:19:34 AM PDT by tiki
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I feel sorry for the children, B-U-T....we are not going to change their customs which they have had for generations. Just like we will never change the minds of the people in the Middle East. Who the hell are we to tell them to let women drive cars or let them wear Western clothes, vice a burka? What are we going to do to pressure them to change their whole culture to our ways.........quit buying oil from them????

They have no respect for women, so what do we do? ..... send over Hillary Clinton, Matalin Albright and Condelesa Rice to negociate with them !! No wonder they think we're heathens. I can imagine the shieks talking in their native language when they are in the same room: "Look, Abdul, that fat ass is the one who couldn't even give her husband a decent bj, so he had to get trashy whores to do him....." "And, that cow Albright is not only stupid, but as ugly as my camel." "The Rice chicky is probably a dyke....has no boobs and never been married...probably blend in with all my wives if she had her head under their black burka's."

50 posted on 04/05/2012 7:19:51 AM PDT by jmax
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