Passed on by Wipe Out Homophobia, this editorial cartoon by Dave Simpson of the Tulsa Tribune:
An argument that’s been made by many people on other occasions, in various formulations.
Point of linguistic interest: the formulaic expression in “We’re just saying, is all”, which received scrutiny by Mark Liberman on Language Log and Ben Zimmer on Word Routes, because of its appearance in the television show Downton Abbey. Ben:
“Downton Abbey”: Tracking the Anachronisms (February 10, 2012)
“I’m just sayin’.” (Episode 1, late 1916) If this line from Ethel the maid sounds distinctly modern, that’s because it is. As Mark Liberman recently explained on Language Log, the contemporary use of “I’m just saying” to defuse a potentially offensive remark only begins to appear in the latter half of the 20th century. It’s possible to find examples of “I’m just saying” followed by a complement, as in “I’m just saying (something)” or “I’m just saying (that such-and-such is the case). But the defusing style appears on its own without a complement, and that developed much later than 1916.