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COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
Today marks the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass,” so named for the myriad shards of glass littering the streets of Germany after a riot that saw the destruction of Jewish shops, buildings, and synagogues in 1938.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
Achievements in science, peace, brotherhood, religion, the arts—those things which bring us together—are conspicuous in their non-memorialization.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
Pandemics, open racism, bitter divisions and inequalities are among the matters confronting the nation’s roughly 20 million teens ages 14-18—issues that would tax any adult emotionally and mentally. So how do persons who are still coming of age, still trying to understand the world around them respond to the dizzying maelstrom of conflicts that comprise our world?
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
The education of a culture has exactly zero to do with politics, zero to do with blame, zero to do with expediency or funding or censorship or any of a thousand other dribbling trifles. It is all about humanity and understanding. How in the world can we understand where we’re going unless we understand where we’ve been?
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
The Muslim community of Stafford County, Virginia, having been found in the right in the federal lawsuit, and having won its own lawsuit against the County, now as of September of this year, has its cemetery. In all, Stafford County spent five years and $900,000—$400,000 in court costs and $500,000 in a settlement to the AMAA.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
This month we are reminded of the importance of Hispanics, how far they and we have progressed from the dark days of Columbus and the conquistadors. We are reminded that enough is indeed enough and that the time is now to learn from their cultures, their experience and their history—for by learning about them, we can’t help but learn more about ourselves.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
Showbiz411 blogger Roger Friedman, like the bigot that he is, has ceased searching for plausible reasons for hating Scientologists and just assumes if he complains loudly enough about nothing, people will agree with him.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. The opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” - Elie Wiesel
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
Suppose a rock crashed through your window slamming into the wall of your living room, narrowly missing the sofa where your grandchild sits. Then suppose the tires were slashed on your car and truck, with hate messages and swastikas scrawled on those vehicles.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
Since that time, nearly 140,000 other individuals have been the targets of hate crime in the United States. 140,000, many losing their lives, many others their livelihoods, their family members, and whatever hope and color their existence possessed prior to the crime—all of them, in a very real sense, victims of 9/11.