human or mutant?

William Stryker was a U.S. soldier, after learning his child was a mutant he murdered his family and became a religious extremist and founder of the Purifiers, whose sole mission was to exterminate all mutants.
Radiolab carries a wonderful podcast on mutant rights:

Reporter Ike Sriskandarajah tells Jad and Robert a story about two international trade lawyers, Sherry Singer and Indie Singh, who noticed something interesting while looking at a book of tariff classifications. “Dolls,” which represent human beings, are taxed at almost twice the rate of “toys,” which represent something not human—such as robots, monsters, or demons. As soon as they read that, Sherry and Indie saw dollar signs. It just so happened that one of their clients, Marvel Comics, was importing its action figures as dolls. And one set of action figures really piqued Sherry and Indie’s interest: The X-MEN, normal humans who, at around puberty, start to change in ways that give them strange powers. […] That argument eventually became a court case that went on for years.

Here’s the 32-page opinion of the court, and, taking the Marvel universe into account, here is Tony ‘G-Man’ Guerrero’s résumé:

Mutants may have extraordinary abilities but it’s essential that they are able to retain their rights. At the same time, they should also be held to the same laws and standards. We’re reminded of the quote, “If You Cut Me, Do I Not Bleed?” It might be in Marvel’s best interest to have mutants designated as non-human but for the survival of mutants in the Marvel Universe, they need to be considered humans. They’re just humans that can do some pretty cool things.

via entry at boingboing
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