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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

2 responses to “RI Legislation More Religious Than Rhode Islanders”

  1. Truthspew

    I think it is time more ‘nones’ start running for pubic office. That way when the Catholic church trots out it’s rotund lobbyist we can simply tell him, in not so many words, to fuck off!

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  2. leftyrite

    Hey, at this point, the “Some of my best friends are Catholic,” line sounds a little corny. But I doubt that you can live in Rhode Island for very long without that being true.

    Ever hear of sectarian violence? Like the stuff that goes on between the Sunni and the Shi’a? Or the Irish Catholics and the Ulstermen?

    Do we really need more feuds over here?  

    Literacy, empathy, and willingness to engage in dialogue produce so much more and cause so much less hardship.

    Tightknit groups do tend to lord it over the less organized.

    So, let’s organize around civic questions in peace and good will.

    I don’t imagine that anything is going to improve greatly in the shortrun. In fact, my gut tells me that times will get worse for quite a while before they get better. Wagon circlers will continue to circle the wagons, elbowing others out.

    Let’s just have different shortcomings and make different mistakes on the road to better neighborhoods, a better culture, and a deeper understanding of each other during times of adversity. 

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