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Discrimination is rampant

I saw this article in the paper the other day and it really ticked me off. it seems we've worked so hard to battle discrimination that now we discriminate only against atheists and white people.

why is it that every religion in the world is safe from discrimination by law but if your an atheist you fair game? you can wear a turban instead of a hard hat at work, you can't wear a hat in school....unless your jewish or Muslim...... if its in your religion to wear a certain kinda pants or skirt...you get your uniform altered....... but you were shorts instead of pants when its 100 degrees out you get written up.

you can openly wear religious apparel or pray in public places but if I wear a T-shirt that says I pray to the temple of labatt blue I get kicked out of the mall?

we strive for equality, my question is how unequal in the opposite direction does it have to get before everyone ELSE is happy?

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When you're member of a minority, you have the choice between accepting the rules of the majority (integration), or lobbying till your rights and liberties are recognized and respected by the majority (insertion). On the other hand, when a majority lobbies, there is nothing "bigger" to calm them down a little (they make the rules), and the weakest minorities may become their first victims. You're member of a minority in your own country ? You don't want to become member of the majority ? You feel that your rights and liberties are not respected by the majority ? Then, join other peoples like you and lobby till you get respected by the majority ... I'm afraid there is no other solution ...
chaoscampbell (author)  chooseausername6 years ago
see, I was under the impression we were trying to eliminate the identifiable difference between minorities and majorities and just live together without your color or religious status being a factor. I thought it was about accepting everyone for who they are. not who can lobby better for what they want
I was under the impression we were trying to eliminate the identifiable difference between minorities and majorities

Seems to me that's what Mao Zedong tried to do ...

Unfortunately, rare are those who want to abandon what they beleive in (religion, culture, traditions, habits, opinions ...) to adopt those from a majority.

The best we can do is to (try to) build a system as much neutral as possible, so everyone, with its tolerable differences, has a chance to find his/her place.

Actually, the ideal would be that everybody (minorities and majorities) accept each others ... is this possible ? Do we accept others ? ...
> I was under the impression we were trying to eliminate the identifiable difference between minorities and majorities and just live together without your color or religious status being a factor.
. Where in the world did you get that idea? Nice ideal, but it's not the way things work. Humans, by nature, are very competitive and when choosing teams we tend to have a "birds of a feather flock together" mentality.
. Great analysis.
Goodhart6 years ago
it seems we've worked so hard to battle discrimination that now we discriminate only against atheists and white people.

Any "law" that creates a situation where someone of a minority or majority is favored because of that minority or majority, makes it discriminatory. But that has been happening since the 1970's in both directions and is not liable to stop soon (not that I am for it, just stating reality).

why is it that every religion in the world is safe from discrimination by law but if your an atheist you fair game?

When did this state of affairs occur ? When they forbade children to pray in schools? When they forbade communities from having holiday scenes up in public places? Safe is not the best word to use here :-)

you can wear a turban instead of a hard hat at work,

Whoa, that is bad, where I live and work, you abide by the safety rules or you don't work there. Period. Construction workers or anyone in a "hard had area" wears a hard hat, regardless.

you can't wear a hat in school....unless your jewish or Muslim...... if its in your religion to wear a certain kinda pants or skirt...you get your uniform altered....... but you were shorts instead of pants when its 100 degrees out you get written up.

If you go to school nude you get "written up" too, regardless of your religion.

we strive for equality, my question is how unequal in the opposite direction does it have to get before everyone ELSE is happy?

Striving for equality it like spitting into the wind. Each person must decide and then decide to raise their children with the concepts of equality and then there still is no guarantee that life will not deal them an unbalanced hand and they will become prejudiced in some way. This is life, and the law can not change it.
Also... Get off the cross! We don't need the wood, but get off it anyway.
The article doesn't say much about the reason for removing it other than that it's 'controversial' and 'unpopular' - the latter of which seems a fair reason for taking it away. I'm assuming there's more to this than briefly laid out in the linked article?
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