Saturday, March 26, 2016
SATURDAY BEFORE EASTER SUNDAY
What a great BB watch last night. Two games were nail biters settled in the last 10 seconds. The other two justified the number one seeding. The ACC is guarantee3d a finalist since there are four in the elite eight. Unfortunately all four are in the same half bracket.
The Star Ledger’s editorial today is one that I agree with 100%. Bernards Township is demonstrating the anti-Islam bigotry that represents a danger to all Americans and our concepts of religious freedom and “all men are created equal”.
This is the second episode of religious bigotry in our area in recent years manifested by a community trying to block the establishment of a Mosque within its boundaries.
This also exhibits why Trump has been doing so well by playing on our fears. It is why the other GOP candidate advocates creating a Muslim Ghetto in municipalities. Shades of the Middle ages and Reformation persecution of Jews; Hitler’s Ghettoes prior to the trips to the gas chamber camps. Reminiscent of our internment of American Japanese in WWII.
It is true that bigotry is not limited to religious groups but also includes ethnic and racial populations. The sad part is that too often those who are or imagine themselves victims are too often perpetrators of similar bigotry.
With that in mind and recalling Blackdog’s recent comments I would urge all Plainfielders to acquaint themselves with the Southern Poverty Law Center and its mission.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the Center works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
This includes Hate and Extremism, Children rights especially among the Blacks in the deep South, Immigrant Justice, LGBT Rights, Economic Justice for people living in poverty in the Deep South, especially minority communities, are not punished or exploited because of their economic status, and against “Mass Incarceration” “by working to reform juvenile and criminal justice systems so they operate fairly and equitably; to ensure the dignity and humanity of those interacting with these systems; and to reduce the prison population”.
The SPLC provides free educational material for school systems that would benefit our fight against any type of bigotry. Would Plainfield’s BOE be interested? Would our churches that supposedly preach against bigotry advocate such programs?
We must ask ourselves if we desire to accept all humans or wish to be filled with hate.