Letter to the Editor – William Hennessy of Ottawa Ontario Reminds us April 13, 2011 is Day of Pink – No More Bullying!

April 13 is the Day of Pink, the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, and Homophobia, where everyone is encouraged to show their support by wearing pink.

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Homophobia and other forms of discrimination are a pressing issue in Canadian society.  Egale Canada, a Canadian gay rights advocacy group, recently released a report stating that 75% of all Canadian LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) students feel unsafe in their own classroom.  This is in part because homophobia is a form of discrimination that is often ignored, or not categorized as bullying, when it should be.  According to dayofpink.org:

Discrimination comes in many forms including racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism and anti-semitism just to name a few. These social diseases create barriers, bullying, harassment, hate and violence. No one should have to experience the negativity created by discrimination. DayofPink is more than just a symbol of a shared belief in celebrating diversity – it’s also a commitment to being open minded, accepting differences and learning to respect each other.

So whether as a member of a school, community, business, organization, or as an individual, please support this worthy cause by wearing a pink shirt.  It doesn’t matter what sexual orientation you are.

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What matters is that you are embracing your responsibility as a human being to recognize the rights and legitimacy of all people, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or identity.

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As the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor said:

“Due recognition is not just a courtesy we owe people.  It is a vital human need.”

 

William Hennessy, Ottawa

Best Western Cornwall

6 Responses to "Letter to the Editor – William Hennessy of Ottawa Ontario Reminds us April 13, 2011 is Day of Pink – No More Bullying!"

  1. Reg   April 13, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Mr. Hennessy, as much as I am against discrimination of any form and even though I have learned to not be homophobic, I will not wear pink. It is just not a good colour for me to wear (other than my skin).

    Today I am wearing “GREEN”.

  2. PJR   April 13, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    A clear message to Stephen Harper!

  3. Eric   April 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Education on these matters is very important, seems to me though, standing up to a bully and being armed with a couple of simple martial arts moves works.

    I wear red on Friday’s to support the troops only.

  4. tnpreacher555   April 13, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    The Holy Bible declares that the God of Heaven is fair, impartial and not a respecter of persons. So calling someone a racist, a bigot,or acting in discrimination – being a bully as it were, when one accepts God’s evaluation towards those life styles that God calls sin and an abomination, is really calling God a racist, bigot,unfair, and unjust. God doesn’t, nor will He ever wear pink! Nor is He homophobic! He calls sin sin and we should follow His Holy Word rather than trying to be politically correct. Exo 23:2 “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment”.

    “You know that wicked people will not inherit the kingdom of God, don’t you? Stop deceiving yourselves! Sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunks, slanderers, and robbers will not inherit the kingdom of God. That is what some of you were! But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God” (1Co 6:9 – 11).

  5. Furtz   April 13, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    I really do feel sorry for the preacher. Having all that hatred bottled up inside must be draining. On the other hand, I’m sure that spouting hateful crap is a hell of a lot easier than actually working at making life better for the less fortunate. Has the preacher and his cult ever done anything positive for the community? I understand that the Calvary Baptist Church is registered as a charitable organization for tax purposes. I’d like to know exactly what this outfit has done to justify this status. I don’t think that being a hateful pain in the ass should qualify anyone (or any organization) for tax exemptions.
    I ask the preacher, What exactly have you, or your flock, ever done to improve the living conditions in your community?

  6. tnpreacher555   April 14, 2011 at 6:13 AM

    Would you like the list of all the people we have helped with food, clothing, housing and transportation in the past years? Or should I have some of them call you to give their only personal testimony? I could have the most resent couple call you and explain what we are all about?

    I could give you the testimony of the six new members of our church, who have openly declared that they have gone to most of the churches in Cornwall, and they have found our church the most caring, loving and giving! Wow, I am humbled! Truly God’s blessing of Grace!

    So besides that, we preach the Word of God and worship in Spirit and Truth, just as God would have all His creatures to do. Any other questions?

    Joh 13:34 -35 ” A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another”.

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