Philosophy

Dear Rabbi Telsner, No, this isn't going to be an message; It saddens me that you're probably going to be receiving a lot of them. Just as it saddens me regarding the claims you've made about homosexuality. Whilst I respect your right to an opinion, I implore that you - as a spiritual leader that is looked up to, especially by impressionable youth - to consider the facts of this matter a little more and perhaps try to mitigate some of the harm that you have caused. Being homosexual is against your precepts, I agree. It is specifically forbidden for one of the Jewish tribes to be homosexual, I accept that. But being homosexual isn't a choice. It isn't a disease that can be treated, either. And claiming that it can be, causes psychological damage to people struggling with...
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I am a 92-year-old American, a Holocaust survivor from Germany. I am delighted by your humanistic approach to the problems of climate change, predatory capitalism, and terrorism. I plead with you to further use your enormous influence to help the poor and downtrodden. Since you are an insightful person with millions hanging onto your words, I hope you will continue to speak out about some of the world's social pathologies. For instance, the despair and fury of people we call terrorists, who use the guise of religion to destroy the lives of their fellow humans. Colonized people, who have been made to feel inferior, are misguidedly using violence to re-establish themselves as worthy human beings. In our country, minorities are fighting for their rightful status as equal citizens in a...
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To all who get a copy of this, I am asking you to witness this henious continued harm to me and ensure that I am protected and this woman is suspended and investigated as she should have been a long time ago. I only ever copy people in as witnesses, although Jane Fisher thinks it is a joke that I have to keep asking people to step in to stop her harming me. Dear Jane Fisher, I started writing this letter earlier this week, along with the third letter of warning to the Bishop of Winchester, this was before the Jersey Deanery started making a fuss in the press and reminding everyone that the Dean was 'cleared' by dishonesty. And the reason I started these two letters was because it has been a while since the Diocese of Winchester openly attacked me, and I have learned from experience...
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It’s been five years since the wedding you wouldn’t attend. I can’t say I didn’t see it coming, but you can’t say you didn’t see it coming either. You made it clear, with the strict Jewish upbringing and rules about marrying in the faith. I made it clear, with the ditching of services and my burgeoning interest in India – its books, music and people. I realised that I needed to spend my life with someone who would appreciate, even encourage, my love of South Asian language, history and culture. I guess there’s no point trying to decide if it was truly inevitable because it happened, and that’s that. I married a Sikh man and you cut me off for ever. Mom, I remember you saying, back when I was at high school and this conversation was hypothetical, that I had to marry a Jew because you...
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Dear Planet Earth The events that unfolded in Paris this week cannot be described with mere words. To describe such loss of life as a tragedy seems too weak, too disrespectful. But as shocking and devastating as this act of terrorism was, it has been events that have unfurled since that have shocked me more. I was party to a conversation earlier today in which friends of mine, who are well-educated and rounded individuals living in a multi-cultural society, reacted to the shootings in Paris. At first there was disbelief and anger in their words, feelings that I too experienced. But for them these feelings soon turned to hate, and not hate of the terrorists. Not hate of an extremist organisation hell-bent on turning the world against itself, but hatred of an entire...
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OUTSOURCING BOO BOO CLOWN I remember the kindergarten I went to, back in 1994. It is a Catholic school that provides education from kindergarten to junior high school. I am not a Catholic, but my parents enrolled me anyway. It was not a prestigious private school, nobody has ever heard of it. Most of the pupils were from working-class families. We didn’t have fancy, sophisticated playground and toys. We didn’t have English-speaking tutors, only devoted nuns and local teachers. They can’t afford to outsource janitors; the janitors were an elderly couple from a rural area in Malang, East Java, who came to Jakarta to try their luck, and lived from the charity of the Church. They didn’t earn much, obviously, but you have no idea how devoted and genuinely nice they are to kids. The lady...
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To Those Atheists It May Concern, I have a couple questions for you. Why do you think the Bible is just a bunch of fairy tails if it's banned in about 52 countries? Why not ban Treasure Island or The Legend of Robin Hood?
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An Open Letter to Sister Patricia McCarron January 20, 2014 Sister Patricia McCarron, SSND, Ph.D. Notre Dame Preparatory School Headmistress Sr. Patricia McCarron: I recently read The Baltimore Sun article “Notre Dame Prep Rejects Alumna's Same-Sex Wedding Announcement” regarding the omission of Mrs. Sarah Rupert-Sullivan’s wedding announcement. I would like to offer my assistance in helping the school edit their publication policy so it may be aligned with Catholic doctrine. Although same-sex marriage is a very charged topic, we are fortunate that our Catholic beliefs provide us with a path that can guide us to a course of action that is right and just. The catechism of the Catholic Church unequivocally indicates that marriage is between a man and woman. In 2003 the...
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Dear Mr Murad In the wake of the terrible murder of a young soldier in Woolwich on Wednesday, I welcome the statement that you have issued on behalf of the Muslim Council of Britain. You said: “This is a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam and we condemn this unreservedly. Our thoughts are with the victim and his family.We understand the victim is a serving member of the Armed Forces. Muslims have long served in this country's Armed Forces, proudly and with honour. This attack on a member of the Armed Forces is dishonourable, and no cause justifies this murder. This action will no doubt heighten tensions on the streets of the United Kingdom. We call on all our communities, Muslim and non-Muslim, to come together in solidarity to ensure the forces of hatred do not prevail...
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Dear Mr. Daniels, Recently, I was pleased to see you make a decisive and important statement regarding Purdue’s views on hate crimes and other types of intolerance, stating: “…bigotry and hate are neither welcomed nor tolerated at Purdue University. There is no place at Purdue for those who act from hatred. If you recognize yourself in this last sentence, you are not welcome at Purdue.” This concise speaks to your strength of character and moral fortitude, recognizing that no groups are to be treated unfairly on this campus. I believe that you care deeply about Purdue, and very much want to provide a quality education to all students. However, there is a substantial group of individuals at Purdue who need your support, but are not receiving it: atheists. You have personally...
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