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August 15, 2006
IFINALLY UNDERSTAND why people have been comparing the treatment of black people with the treatment of gay and lesbian people - it's because prejudice is prejudice. It's not a comparison of two totally different groups of people with totally different cultures and lifestyles, but rather a comparison of attitudes and bigotry that people are commenting on. Remember that people become victims of prejudice and discrimination for numerous reasons, so never make the mistake of validating the ideology of any bigot and furthering the belief that some people deserve to be discriminated against.
NEWS
September 9, 2010
It's tempting to ignore a Florida pastor's plans to burn copies of the Quran, and deny him the publicity he so obviously craves. But the Rev. Terry Jones would pursue his lunatic-fringe stunt whether it was attended by a solitary blogger or a convoy of satellite TV trucks. Jones' brand of malevolence must be condemned whenever it slithers into the light of day. Saturday is the ninth anniversary of 9/11. Jones, pastor of a church with the incongruous name of Dove World Outreach Center, thinks it is fitting to mark the occasion by torching 200 copies of the sacred text of the Islamic faith.
NEWS
November 19, 1986
I was really moved by the Nov. 8 article on 13-year-old John DeMarco, the white Frankford youth who testified against Richard Keller, who spray-painted racist slogans on the walls of a home into which a black woman planned to move. Having grown up in a white working-class neighborhood myself (in the lower Northeast), I know well how the forces of racism can intimidate and cow into silence even the good people of a community. What makes the article so poignant for me is that John DeMarco and his mother, Peg, demonstrated the courage that is so lacking in our public officials, from whom we have a right to expect moral leadership.
NEWS
March 19, 1991 | BY CHARLES P. PIZZI
Philadelphia is experiencing difficult days. Amidst the financial dilemma that has paralyzed progress in city government, a funk has permeated the body politic, a feeling that perhaps our best days are past. We at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce believe the current financial problems of the city are temporary and manageable. As difficult as the budget problem appears to be, we believe that - while painful - the eventual solution will be of lasting benefit for the city, and that better days will come.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 1986 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
The clash of Catholic green and Protestant orange in Northern Ireland is not - on the face of it - an inviting subject for a black comedy. But by the time Peter Smith's No Surrender has run its savage and hilarious course, the claims of both sides lie in the kind of smoking ruins that are part of the tragic landscape of Belfast. The aim of Smith's satire is to expose the multitude of sins that can be cloaked by religious bigotry. And the happiest inspiration of Alan Bleasdale's Pinteresque screenplay is to set the action in Liverpool rather than Northern Ireland.
NEWS
January 14, 1988 | By Gerald B. Jordan, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Violence rooted in bigotry is reaching "epidemic" proportions, civil rights advocates said yesterday in calling on the federal government to more closely monitor such activity. Researchers at the Center for Democratic Renewal said they had found more than 2,900 cases of "hate violence," ranging from vandalism to murder, from 1980 to 1986. "Not a day has passed in the last seven years without someone in the United States being victimized by hate violence," the report said. "Harassment, vandalism, arson, assault and murder motived by racism, anti- Semitism or other forms of bigotry - such as homophobia - plague every section of our country.
NEWS
August 26, 2008 | Meghan Daum
Meghan Daum is an essayist and novelist in Los Angeles Last week, while you were distractedly waiting for one of the presidential candidates to just go ahead and choose Michael Phelps as his running mate, a New York lawyer sued Columbia University for discriminating against men. In a news release, Roy Den Hollander, who's best-known for suing Manhattan nightclubs because they offered free or discounted Ladies' Night drinks to women, contended...
NEWS
June 23, 1988 | By Lini S. Kadaba, Inquirer Staff Writer
"You're dirty. You're dirty," taunted the 3-year-old Jewish boy as he ate lunch with Shannon Moore, 18, who is black and quite dark-skinned. Moore never raised her voice. Instead of responding angrily, she simply explained to the boy that she is not dirty and that black people's skin comes in many shades. Moore's explanation, said her teacher Ernestine Allston, taught the boy an important lesson in differences. And in her own small way, Moore's actions helped to fight bigotry, Allston said.
NEWS
December 10, 1992 | BY PETE DEXTER
Let me make sure I understand. If major-league baseball doesn't do something about Marge Schott, majority owner of the Cincinnati Reds who, according to court testimony, has displayed a certain insensitivity for people who are not of her race, creed or religion - if baseball doesn't do something about her, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton will make baseball wish it had. Marge Schott isn't my kind of guy, not so much for what is ordinarily referred...
NEWS
May 1, 2014
Unfortunately for liberals, there is no racism in America. There's more cholera in America than there is racism. - Ann Coulter If only that statement by the Fox News commentator were true. Instead, though great strides have been made, bias based on race, ethnicity, or religion remains a reality in America. Most reasonable people knew that before Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling - whom the NBA declared banned for life Tuesday - told his mistress not to bring black people to Clippers games.
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NEWS
July 8, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Unleashing anti-Semitism Last weekend, something incredible and frightening occurred: The Republican Party's presumptive nominee for president tweeted a blatantly anti-Semitic meme about Hillary Clinton. The claim that criticisms of the image amounted to "political correctness run amok" are belied by the fact that it was lifted from a white supremacist site ("Trump defends tweet with star," Tuesday). To me, this issue of human decency transcends politics.
NEWS
June 1, 2016 | Clive Crook
Theories on the rise of Donald Trump too often rely on the anger, bigotry, and general backwardness of his supporters. This grounding isn't much questioned, even by commentators who think they're questioning it. The inferiority of those people (formerly known as We the People) is widely taken for granted. This points to the real driver of Trump's success: the armor-plated complacency of the politicians, commentators, and other political professionals he's running against. To many liberals and more than a few conservatives, support for Trump proves your unfitness for civilized society.
NEWS
May 17, 2016
By Michael Gerson 'A significant part of the Roma are unfit for coexistence. These Roma are animals, and they behave like animals. ... Inarticulate sounds pour out of their bestial skulls. ... These animals shouldn't be allowed to exist. In no way. That needs to be solved - immediately and regardless of the method. " These words were written not in 1943, but in 2013. They are from an article by Zsolt Bayer, one of the founders of Hungary's ruling party, Fidesz, and a friend of Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
NEWS
January 31, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: I bought a house a few years ago in a development in a nonmetropolitan part of Virginia. There was a homeowners association with a president. However, the association was not active until about two years ago, when I started a Facebook group for it. Now, there are about 30 neighbors in the Facebook group. It was a nice way to get to begin to know our neighbors. For the first time in many years, there was an association dinner last year that about 18 people attended. I was not an official in the association but did most of its work.
NEWS
January 13, 2016 | Solomon Jones, Columnist
LATE LAST WEEK, as darkness draped the streets of West Philadelphia, Edward Archer was caught on video walking up to a police cruiser, extending his arm, and pumping 13 bullets into the vehicle, hitting Officer Jesse Hartnett three times. The gravely wounded officer returned fire, hitting the fleeing suspect, and Archer was captured shortly thereafter. But it wasn't the shooting that shocked the city. Nor was it the irony of Archer shooting Hartnett with a police service weapon that had been stolen from an officer's home in 2013.
NEWS
September 23, 2015
IN HIS MEMOIR, without him saying it - maybe not even realizing it - gay icon Mark Segal is transformed from a long-haired, "left-wing pinko fag" social outcast into a bald, suit-wearing, political-power insider. A national LGBT leader, the South Philly-born Segal was at the 1969 Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, the Bunker Hill of gaydom. The supporting cast in And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality includes Pennsylvania Gov. Milton Shapp, an early supporter; Walter Cronkite, a zap victim; Ed Rendell; Tom Corbett; Patti LaBelle; Vince Fumo; John Street; Elton John; Cecil B. Moore; Morton Downey Jr.; Andy Warhol; even Frank Rizzo.
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
When Gov. Mike Pence refused seven times to say whether a new Indiana law allows discrimination against gay people, the logical assumption was that he didn't want to admit that it does. Since that Sunday interview on ABC's This Week, however, it has become clear that the law was not written to allow discrimination, which means Pence's dance around the truth was likely calculated to score political points with opponents of gay marriage. Pence changed his tune after the public reaction to the new law threatened events such as the coming NCAA Final Four basketball tournament in Indianapolis.
SPORTS
May 14, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
SHAME ON Donald Sterling, yes. His shame is the sort that never will wash clean. But shame on CNN, too, for letting him hang himself again with his own rope. And shame on us, too, for watching. In the wake of his recent comments that laid bare his bigotry, Sterling this weekend sat down with this public confessor, Anderson Cooper, and vainly tried to punish himself, in the hopes of . . . what? Convincing other NBA owners to lift the lifetime ban and not force him to sell his Clippers?
NEWS
May 1, 2014
Unfortunately for liberals, there is no racism in America. There's more cholera in America than there is racism. - Ann Coulter If only that statement by the Fox News commentator were true. Instead, though great strides have been made, bias based on race, ethnicity, or religion remains a reality in America. Most reasonable people knew that before Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling - whom the NBA declared banned for life Tuesday - told his mistress not to bring black people to Clippers games.
NEWS
February 28, 2014
WHEN advocates of same-sex marriage pushed their case in the courts of both public opinion and law, they made sure to read the following language from that little card provided to them by the tolerance police: "No one will be forced to violate their religious beliefs if Adam can marry Steve and Madame can marry Eve. " Much like the Miranda warnings that became famous after the Supremes decided that magic words were all that were needed to protect the...
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