Posted by Julia from dhcp100030.res-hall.northwestern.edu (220.127.116.11) on Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 1:31AM :
In Reply to: Re: Her response posted by pancho from adsl-64-165-199-44.dsl.snfc21.pacbell.net (18.104.22.168) on Friday, February 22, 2002 at 11:24PM :
I am here for my religion, and the fact that i'm a person with ideas, and for the fact that I am interested in the 'neo-assyrian' concept that Jeff told me about; i am interested in people who posit new ideas and new solutions; i am interested in how our people can stay a people and at the same time be less xenophobic/homophobic/religion-phobic...i am about tolerance, and respect, and i want you to see that your formula for bringing about change to the Assyrian socieity will not work without tolerance and respect. And i know you stand for it, but you spend a lot of time undermining the principle of tolerance by hating on people who don't agree with you, and you disrespect people constantly. Yes people treat you like shit too but it is a series of in kind statements that is caused by one and sustained by two. You actually made the first noble gesture by writing for the need for a noble gesture, and so you beat me to it. And i respect you for that. You can set the standard.
I do care about what you say, i don't necessarily care for your 'approval' ; i don't want your validation but i do want your respect. I don't want you to agree with my ideas but i do want you to respect me as a human being. Respect and tolerance are so important to community building; people don't gather and make towns and cities with just infrastructure; we need to make it clear that respect and tolerance are the key foundations of any progressive, civil, modern society.
I am a Christian, yes, and I am proud of it. I love Christ, I love God. If you have a problem with these alternate issues, then you can address it aside from issues already mentioned; rather than read what you want in every sentence i write.
: It's all been said. You are here for your religion, and I am not. You have yours and I have mine. If I am at fault...you be the nobler one, after all, you are the Christian among us...you first.
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