January 23, 2001 |
The Anti-Defamation League wants Philadelphia to be No Place For Hate, starting today. At the Free Library of Philadelphia this morning, the ADL will introduce a citywide anti-prejudice campaign - called No Place For Hate - aimed at putting an end to bias and fostering an appreciation for people's differences. Police Commissioner John F. Timoney, District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham, and Deidre Farmbry, chief academic officer of the Philadelphia School District, are expected to be among the first to take the campaign's "pledge against prejudice," a vow the ADL hopes will be made by schoolchildren and others during the six-month education and awareness effort, according to ADL spokeswoman Debbie Fleischman.
January 26, 1994 |
A man walks down a Philadelphia street shouting, "All Jews should be burned. " A swastika and the phrase "Jesus Lives" are splashed in paint on a South Philadelphia synagogue. An Aston, Delaware County, high-school teacher returns from vacation to find a note on his bulletin board: "Long live the great holocaust. It's a great day for genocide. " Hate still thrives in this area. Indeed, the number of anti-Semitic acts increased in Philadelphia last year, according to a report issued Monday by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, a human relations agency that fights discrimination.
May 14, 1995 |
There is a "tolerance of intolerance" in this country and Barry Morrison wants it to stop. Hate-filled rhetoric goes unchallenged, and Morrison wants to know where the responsible leaders are. Barry Morrison, director of the regional office in Philadelphia of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, has been busy with hate lately. First, it was the arrest of two teenage brothers, Bryan and David Freeman, accused of killing their parents and younger brother in suburban Allentown in February.
August 4, 1997 |
When it comes to hate crimes committed across the state, whites have an unusual distinction. Whites commit at least half of the hate crimes. At the same time, they match the number of African-American victims of those crimes. Both groups account for 42 percent of the victims. That was the case last year, according to the recently released Pa. State Police Uniform Crime Report, which showed that the number of reported hate crimes dropped nearly 19 percent between 1995 and 1996.
April 22, 1993 |
At Temple Sinai, Burt Siegel of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia attempted to define anti-Semitism. "(It's) an irrational hostility to Jews as individuals and to Judaism as a belief system," he explained. But many in the audience of about 70 Monday night were less interested in the definition of the term than its manifestations, of which they had recent, first-hand knowledge. Over the past weekend, about a dozen swastikas were spray-painted on the driveways, cars and streets of various residents of this township, Upper Dublin, which has a substantial Jewish population.
December 9, 1994 |
Talk of citizens militia groups forming in Delaware County has stirred worries among watchdog groups that hate crime may follow, despite the fact that militia movement leaders say they are not racists. The Delaware County Community Human Relations Board, which monitors racially motivated crime and violence, will meet Tuesday to assess whether the militia movement should be deemed a threat. Because one report puts the county fourth in the state in the number of white supremacy groups, board director Rae Roeder said, there may be some crossover between militia groups and racist organizations.
February 13, 2005 |
The controversial arrest of five Christian protesters at a gay-rights festival in Philadelphia has triggered an effort by their supporters to remove homosexuals as a protected group from Pennsylvania's hate-crimes law. The five defendants, members of Repent America, are scheduled to be in court this week on a variety of criminal charges including hate crimes. They have gotten national attention, particularly from conservatives convinced that the five are being persecuted solely for preaching that the Bible condemns homosexuality.
January 18, 1998 |
Frankie Meeink, a former neo-Nazi skinhead, goes to a dermatology clinic every two months. He gets shot up with painkillers, and then doctors aim a laser at a huge swastika tattooed on his neck. "It feels like someone's stabbing you with a hot pin," said Meeink, 22, who was raised in South Philadelphia. "First it hurts, then it burns. " The swastika, tucked inside a Celtic cross, is blurry after three treatments donated by a Jewish doctor whose family members were killed in the Holocaust.
February 24, 2005
STU BYKOFSKY'S comparison of those seeking a smoking ban to Nazis ("Nutter, Street & Nicotine Nazis blowing smoke again," Feb. 17) is inappropriate and offensive. Regardless of Mr. Bykofsky's view of whether restrictions should be imposed on smokers in public accommodations, his linkage is insensitive and painful. Such a comparison trivializes the bestiality and horror of the actions of the Nazi regime and its leaders, and dishonors the memory of 6 million Jews and others who perished during the Nazi campaign of genocide, which has no parallel in history.
February 9, 2006
IN HIS FEB. 2 column, "Muzzled - to Within an Inch of Our Lives," Michael Smerconish goes overboard in his attempt to communicate his frustration with political correctness in the name of racial sensitivity. We agree with a number of the points made by Mr. Smerconish: There shouldn't be a double standard for past transgressions of minority public servants; false claims of racism and victimhood should be challenged; security should not be compromised in the name of ultrasensitivity to ethnic sensibilities.