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Racism on ULC blog

  • December 28, 2018 8:17 PM PST

    Sisters and brothers, I have become very disheartened by the racist attitudes on our minister's blog about asylum seekers. It is shocking to see so many "ministers" who do not take the worlds of some of the most esteemed prophets to heart about loving others. These passages are very relevant even though I do not embrace Christianity anymore and prefer to be more spiritual: “Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.” (Exodus 23:9); “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me”’ (Matthew 25:25-36). What do you sisters and brothers think about those who purport to be ministers yet absolutely speak words of hatred for those indigenous peoples seeing asylum? 

  • December 28, 2018 8:19 PM PST

    In addition to the above comment, I have found that even though The ULC "blog" regarding various topics such as asylum seekers, etc. the moderator allows foul language and cuss words. I am not a prude by any means, but it seems to be out of place on our site. What do you think?

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    December 29, 2018 11:15 PM PST

    I find displays of one presenting themselves to another in a way that is, rude or offensive towards another, very unfortunate and that they are disrespecting themselves greatly.  To offend others is not the path of light and disrespectful towards their ordainment with ULC.  

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    January 14, 2019 10:33 AM PST

    Catherine - Sorry I did not see this earlier. Glad you brought it up.

    I believe racism is wrong, in any guise. Any attempt to degrade or diminish someone perceived as "different" is a reflection on the speaker/author, not their intended victim. It should never not be challenged when seen; challenge is the right thing to do. Sometimes we who are not of a deeper shade skin color may not recognize when racism is shown. Some may not recognize when sexism is on display. I would appreciate it when someone who does see or feel it, point or call it out. That is the only way we Americans will overcome the institutionalized degradation of those of us who are not "blessed" (or "afflicted"(?)) with white male privilege; we must educate, inform, make people aware (because it is not only males who are "guilty" of such ignorance). As for foul language I agree it is occasionally over the top enough to be "crude", IMO. I have not seen that as often though, have you"? 

    And, as for it being a "ministers' board", I have heard some say they don't take it very seriously. I find that very disheartening. 

    Peace, please continue to contribute in forums, blogs, or 'Home' page posts. Blessed be.