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.

4 comments:

  1. There is either rule of law or anarchy. And all under the law should be treated equally. Those that broke the law coming here and staying here need to go back home and come back in the right way.
    When I go to the movies I don't walk to the head of the line, I wait might turn. That is what's right.
    These illegals have put a great strain on resources that belong to us American citizens.
    I wish them no ill will. And yet you call me a bigot!
    Remember that when you are pointing a finger at someone, three are pointing back at you old man.

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    1. Blackdog, Let us get somethings straight; yes I am an old man and I trust that this was not a derogatory remark by you. I do not believe that this blog has anything to do with calling you a bigot, however it seems to me that in a previous blog you called the SPLC a terrorist organization. “As far as the SPLC, they are so far left of center so as to be irrelevant in todays society! They themselves belong on one of their hate group lists!”
      I am only trying to inform my readers what it does and what it could do for all of Plainfelders including you and me.
      Yes, there is no greater principle than as you say “There is either rule of law or anarchy. And all under the law should be treated equally.”
      I have not addressed the “illegals” issue, but I believe that if someone has come into our country by avoiding our antiquated immigration laws and has been a model productive resident for ,say, 10 years and raising a family we must find an accommodation so that they can remain here. Trumps solution would be applicable to inhuman treatment.

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    2. Where I come from, "old man or grandfather" are terms of respect.
      An accommodation yes, but not a fast track to citizenship!
      So maybe there should be a moratorium on ALL immigration until the antiquated laws are revised and updated.

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    3. The main problems that I see with Islam is that the Constitution states declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State."
      Islam is not just a religion but is a theistc form of governing.

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