January 11, 1990 |
Spike Lee's latest and most controversial film comes to video this week, along with a thoughtful drama of small-town life and the return of a long- missing rocker. DO THE RIGHT THING (1989) (MCA) $89.95. 120 minutes. Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Spike Lee. Spend 24 hours in the interracial neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn on the hottest day of the year and see how the escalating temperature and tempers create a round robin of intolerance. Not only is this tragi-comedy a profound statement about racial intolerance, but it establishes its writer/director/star, Lee, as one of America's major directors.
April 16, 2011 |
BERLIN - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday accused Iran of trying to hijack democratic revolutions around the Mideast and warned Arab nations not to permit intolerance against women and religious minorities. Clinton said Iran was clearly trying to use uprisings around the region to further its own goals and foment broader unrest while at the same time cracking down on its own reform movement. "I think that everyone is aware of its efforts to exploit and even hijack what are legitimate protests.
August 29, 2003
THE PHILLIES have decided to swim in the same cesspool as the faux E(pis)copalians by their ignoble decision to have a night "honoring sexual deviants," whose deceptive agenda is to promote a lifestyle that is immoral, unnatural and an abomination. The corrupt decision reflects the collective mental, moral and religious breakdown that is infesting Western societies. Intolerance and therapy are the only responses to those who indulge in this perverted and depraved lifestyle of choice - they are mentally ill and morally bankrupt.
November 16, 1988 |
For the first time, Penn State University officials have released figures documenting verbal and physical assaults aimed at black, homosexual and other minority students. In a report titled "Campus Climate and Acts of Intolerance," a team of university officials found that homosexuals were most likely to be targets of face-to-face harassment. The report, based on data collected between January and May, found that 21 of 30 incidents reported to one university official involved harassment of homosexuals.
September 3, 2010
RE STU Bykofsky's column about intolerance: The intolerance you see from the left is usually a response to the intolerance of the right. When you have tea party people, conservative and right-wing, calling black congressmen the n-word, or calling Barney Frank the f-word, it's easy to note racism and homophobia. I've never heard anyone on the left calling minorities names. As for Nazis and references to Hitler, we get that from both sides, but I believe more from the right. I'm not saying there isn't intolerance on the left, just that there's a difference.
October 26, 2006
RE STEPHEN Staedtler's response to Erika Garnett-Woodson's Oct. 12 letter on Gay History Month: I agreed with some of his questioning whether gays are as persecuted as blacks were during the civil-rights struggles. But gays are not simply denied equal pay for equal work by both federal and state governments (due to inequities on taxes and benefits); they are sometimes denied custody of their own children. They face resentment, intolerance, or hatred and violence. People go so far as to deny them their very identity, saying that they have a disease, a "disorder" (so says the pope)
March 10, 2005
FREEDOM of speech is one of our most precious rights. But I think the real issue regarding Repent America's actions at Outfest was their flagrant disregard for the law and the police. They were given a permit to protest from one specific area at Outfest. What they did was take it upon themselves, of course with "God" on their side, to walk among the many Outfest participants and preach their message of intolerance. Their Christian agenda is protected and wholly supported by freedom of speech, much like that of the Ku Klux Klan to march.
July 23, 2010 |
When Rachel Weisz arrived on the island of Malta to film "Agora," she found herself in the middle of the fourth century. It wasn't because the island nation was still living in the past, but because the past had been rebuilt. Using a huge chunk of the movie's $70 million budget, a full-scale replica of Alexandria had been built by production designer Guy Dyas (who did similar large-scale work on "Inception"). There would be no green-screen acting in "Agora, only a trip into history. Weisz plays the philosopher/astronomer/mathematician/teacher Hypatia in the type of religious epic Cecil B. DeMille might have made if DeMille believed in skepticism more than spectacle.
January 26, 1996 |
Samantha Gater, a student in the Human Rights/Holocaust course at Sun Valley High School, made it clear that she has been taught very well to recognize and react to signs of prejudice, bigotry and intolerance. And when she read in a newspaper article that a citizen had criticized a reading in the course for being "too sympathetic" to homosexuality, it struck a raw nerve. Gater won hearty applause from the audience at a school board meeting Wednesday night when she defended the need for the course to "combat the ignorance and bigotry so prevalent in our society today.
August 5, 1986
Ellen Goodman (Op-ed Page, July 18, "The public schools are for all beliefs") takes off on the intolerance of Tennessee parents who object to teaching of values that they reject and somehow concludes that if those parents succeed in getting alternative textbooks we will be faced with the horror of un-banning all sorts of other books in public and all sorts of religious values might get in. Horrors! There is little reason to sympathize with the fundamentalist notion that they should have it their way, but it is, at best, naive to pretend, even to oneself, that values, even religious ones, are not taught in public schools every day. We are equally naive to think that our schools are anything like "pluralistic" or that "the Old World imprint" is wiped off the young by the brainwashing process Ms. Goodman endorses.