May the full moon of Vessak take away the darkness of ignorance, bigotry and hatred towards others, Prime Minister Ranil Wickrememsinghe said releasing a Vessak message yesterday. Furthermore the Premier added, ‘may Vessak herald an era of contentment, peace and evocation for the whole world’. Unfolding the true meaning of Dhamma, the Premier said ‘Dhamma or the teaching of Buddha is a purifying factor for the human mind propelled by lust, hate and violence’. ‘The pious festival of Vesak reminds us the virtues of practicing four focuses of mindfulness in order to dwell with Dhamma as no other refuge’. ‘It is a time for reflection and appreciation of our humanity, and to lead a life full of equality, fraternity, respect and understanding’. ‘The Unity Government is determined to make the prospects of democratic rights of people’. Concluding his message, the Premier said, ‘on this auspicious Vessak day you may be blessed … [Read more...] about May Vessak takeaway ignorance, bigotry, hatred towards others: Premier
A hallmark of bigotry is utter divisiveness.Bigots want us all to know just how different we are. They attempt to divide society by arguing the inherent differences that divide people along the lines of skin color, nationality and so many other factors.What foils such notions is not just the value of our diversity, but our common humanity in spite of that diversity. And there is no greater equalizer than the unbridled love of caring parents for their children, regardless of skin tone.I received a profound reminder of that lesson this past week in the wake of a huge public outpouring for a couple of columns I penned pertaining to diversity and bigotry.Thursday evening, I spoke with the parents of a 6-year-old Portage girl, who happens to be black. A photo of the little girl, which appeared on the front page of The Times April 13 edition, has united the best of Region society against the ugliness of prejudice. The That's So Region panel discusses bigoted reader reaction to a Times … [Read more...] about MARC CHASE: Commonality beats bigotry every time
Opinion This article originally appeared on the Foundation for Economic Education. Like most people I know and legions I don't know, I reacted with outrage to the case of two black men expelled from a Starbucks in Philadelphia. They were waiting for a third party before ordering, and asked to use the bathroom. Starbucks's policy is not clear, but lingering customers are certainly welcome. What seems clear is that the two young men might not have been asked to leave and arrested if they had been of the right color. They were later released and the police apologized. My moral outrage was vindicated, with a vengeance. The inclusivity crowd exploded with anger, perhaps even more so because Starbucks has made "inclusion and diversity" a battle and marketing cry. Remember three years ago when the company introduced a program to start conversations about race with customers? After Philadelphia, the company promised to close the 8,000 U.S. company-owned stores for an … [Read more...] about Forced Inclusion Won’t Solve Our Problems with Bigotry
Make no mistake, the Supreme Court’s ruling Monday was a victory for church over state. But although the 7-2 ruling in favor of a Colorado baker’s decision to refuse baking a cake for a same-sex couple seemed like a blowout, it was actually more of a squeaker.The court decided that Colorado state officials unallowably disrespected the religious faith of the baker, Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd., which will allow the firm to continue not selling cakes to LGBT couples — at least for now. But justices did not rule on the larger question of whether LGBT citizens share the overarching equal right with heterosexuals to equal service from merchants. That could be decided in a future court case. Yet, it’s a loss for secular governance nonetheless. Superstition vs. law Let’s consider this decision for what it is: a binding ruling by the top judicial court in the land favoring a baker’s superstitious beliefs over the fundamental human rights of American citizens. I … [Read more...] about Supreme Court Gives Pass to Religious Bigotry
India touts itself as a secular state, one where all religions are recognized and can peacefully co-exist. Secularism, in fact, is considered the bedrock of Indian democracy. But how often does it exist in reality? In 2017, Pew Research Center released analysis of 198 countries ranking India as fourth worst in the world for religious intolerance. But you don't even have to go as far as a research report. A look at your own social media timeline pretty sums up how bigotry has been on the rise in our country. And the worse part is, too often, no one blinks an eye. Only last evening, Pooja Singh, an Airtel DTH customer took to Twitter to complain about an executive. When Shoiab, a customer care executive from Airtel responded, she was more furious. Pooja demanded a "Hindu representative" from Airtel because she said she had "no faith" in a Muslim man's "working ethics". Pooja Singh’s comment may be receiving a lot of flak from both the public and the … [Read more...] about Bigotry in ‘Secular’ India: It’s 2018 and Our Social Media Timeline is Flooded With Islamophobia
In recent years, as atheists have become more comfortable stepping out of the closet and living as out, open nonbelievers, we’ve seen an influx in believers lashing out against atheists, publicly stating they’re not welcome, or worse yet, should leave the country. In just the latest example of this, the Boy Scouts of America, already known by the secular community to be discriminatory against atheists, reinforced their stance at their 2018 annual meeting. During the event, the BSA National Executive Board adopted a resolution entitled, “Reaffirming Duty to God.” In part, it says: The recognition of God as the ruling and leading power in the universe and the grateful acknowledgement of His favors and blessings are necessary to the best type of citizenship and are wholesome precepts in the education of the growing members. No matter what the religious faith of the members may be, this fundamental of good citizenship should be kept before them.So … [Read more...] about When Will Anti-Atheism Be Viewed as Bigotry?