When did tolerance get thrown out the window?

A good article by Leggypeggy.
The response to those that wanted the sign to be torn down was heartening. It shows that most don’t share the view that people are to be judged on what they wear or what religions they have.
Tolerance and acceptance of differences has won over bigotry and suspicions. Well done Australia!

Where to next?

multicultural billboard, Australia The sign welcomes people to the Canberra Theatre

The word ‘cornucopia’ has always reminded me of an American Thanksgiving with its groaning tables of food, sincere goodwill and heartfelt hospitality being extended to all. My mother taught us that no one is to be left out at Thanksgiving.

Sadly, this week delivered a different kind of ‘cornucopia’ in both America and Australia. This particular show of ‘bounty’ was marked by bigotry, threats and intolerance.

I admit that I was not surprised by President Trump’s announcement today to restrict access to the US for refugees and some visa holders from seven mostly Muslim nations: Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

While it’s not a necessarily a sign of intolerance, it is what he threatened to do. I now wonder how it might affect our elder daughter, who was born in Syria in the 1980s. Luckily she has an Australian passport…

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9 Responses to “When did tolerance get thrown out the window?”

  1. gerard oosterman Says:

    Bigotry is nothing new. Years ago when Italian and Greek migrants arrived in Australia they were sometimes judged as unsuitable migrants because of eating garlic.

    Yet, eating vile brown vegemite and tinned spaghetti on toast was seen as desirable attributes and perfectly normal.

    Now, wearing what our grandmothers used to wear, a headscarf, is seen by a few enough reason to burn down a theatre.

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  2. leggypeggy Says:

    Thanks for the reblog. Now pass the garlic!

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  3. Curt Mekemson Says:

    Hopefully, Trumps actions will be a wakeup call to Americans to fight back, Gerard. But we are in for some rough sledding… Good blog, Peggy. Keep it up. –Curt

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Democracy and fascism at times do dance some macabre dance together, Curt.

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      • Curt Mekemson Says:

        Certainly to the degree that popular will can be swayed by would-be despots, and to the degree opposing views are limited either by personal choice or political force/manipulation— both of which are happening in the US now. The good news is that there is strong opposition, for example, the women’s march last week and the vast majority of America’s media. –Curt

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        The present demonizing of refugees from the Middle East in Australia is on par with what went on before WW2 and during, with the Jewish people. The anti Muslim under Hanson party is growing by the day.
        All this under the guise of ‘democracy.’ This democratic government has locked up thousands of refugees who have done no wrong and who haven’t been charged with any crimes.
        The violation of human rights have lately become the norm in Australia, but under ‘democracy.’ In Australia it was Howard and Abbott who normalized this. Sadly, Turnbull is just the same. Where are the voices of the people?

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  4. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Good blog Peggy. Good grief will it never end? Women used to tie a scarf around their head for warmth. Easier than looking for a hat. I’m afraid to do that now with all the bigotry.

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