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UNITED NATIONS

EQUALITY & HUMAN RIGHTS
Imagine the condition of the world today if that principle had been universally adhered to when it was written. That would be a world worth celebrating.
INCLUSION & RESPECT
Celebrate, in whatever way you can. The world is turning a corner. There is an incredible amount of work to be done, but good people everywhere are doing it.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Those three events may have been more dramatic and grabbed more headlines than most instances of violent persecution, but they were by no means isolated. Open Doors, an organization which advocates for persecuted Christians, estimated that between October 2019 and September 2020, over 4,700 Christians were killed around the world for their faith. There were also close to 6,000 incidents of arrests or abduction of Christians due to their religion. By their estimation, 340 million Christians live in countries where they are subject to persecution.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
It’s a familiar story the world over. To bigots, opportunists and fools, to be indigenous is a badge of inferiority. Over the centuries, indigenous people, be they the 40,000-year-old Hadzabe of Tanzania or the Yakye Axa of Paraguay or the Okieks of Kenya or the Nimiipuu of Idaho (known more familiarly as the Nez Perce), have seen their sacred lands desecrated, their people decimated, their territorial rights, culture, and language ignored and above all, the rights to their own identity threatened.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
True torture in all its forms, certainly far worse than anything I’ve ever experienced, is designed specifically to do damage to another person, to leave a mark—an indelible impression that is all but impossible to get rid of, if the victim is fortunate enough to even survive.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
The world recently celebrated United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and I wanted to write about it.
TOLERANCE
This year, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is chillingly well-timed.
TOLERANCE
The United Nations and its member states have a complicated history with regard to religious freedom.
TOLERANCE
The idea that one group has a monopoly on the truth has been proven false time and time again. We are each shaped by the uniqueness of our experiences. The point of universal human rights is to create an environment in which people can peacefully coexist regardless of difference, and ideally we can learn to celebrate the endless diversity that creates the human experience.
ANTI-RELIGIOUS PROPAGANDA
Working for the United Nations is an honor. The UN’s core values reflect a desire for a better, safer, freer society for all. Its charter includes the purposes “promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion.”