“To Bigotry No Sanction, to Persecution No Assistance”

“To Bigotry No Sanction, to Persecution No Assistance”

this has long been one of my favorite quotes that has largely been attributed to George Washington but is little realized that he borrowed it from a Rabbi – they both used the concept brilliantly and beautifully when discussing our new nation.  Please see: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/US-Israel/bigotry.html

read in full as the context is important and Washington’s additional remarks at the closing of the invocation are powerful and seem fitting today as we mourn the attacks in Tucson, Arizona

If u r unfamiliar with the shooting see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12145076

It is unfathomable that political personalities have been preaching a gospel of intolerance and/or using violent imagery and rhetoric such as putting bullseyes /gun sights / cross hair maps to target opponents – Sarah Palin, not cool girl.  not cool.

letter writing campaign

I stand with Sheriff Dupnik in calling for an end to hatred and bigotry and its rhetoric.

As Angie Suss Paul, a Holocaust survivor, always told my students and me “Hatred is simply a waste of time.”

As Gandhi taught us “A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”

As Jesus said “I say unto you, Love your enemies”

As stated in Deuteronomy “Love your neighbor as you love yourself”

As mom said “Play nice and pray for them”

From the BBC’s

9 January 2011 Last updated at 05:16 ET

Shot US congresswoman Giffords in ‘critical condition’

Sheriff Dupnik said a consuming atmosphere of political vitriol centred on Arizona may have been a factor in the attack.

“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government,” he said.

“The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous. And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become the capital. We have become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry.” (bold added by me)

Say some prayers for our nation and our conscience and that we will remember the “better angels of our nature” (abe lincoln).

When you see prejudice or bigotry – do not be a bystander.

“To Bigotry No Sanction, to Persecution No Assistance”

im crying folks – my heart goes out to all the families and to all of us.  we r better than this right folks?



ADDED Jan 10, 2010:

“I think it’s important for all leaders… not just leaders of the Republican Party or the Democratic Party… to say, look, we can’t stand for this…we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is that the way that she has it depicted has the cross-hairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they’ve got to realize there’s consequences to that action.”
-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, March 25, 2010


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tim V
    Jan 09, 2011 @ 18:09:24

    Patti…while I agree that the crosshair/bullseye map that Palin did was misguided, I think you are mistaken in saying that Palin preaches a politics of hate.

    The chief reason why I respect Palin is because of how in spite of all the criticism or attacks she has experienced — even these on her children, she remains optimistic, hopeful for America, and yes, I think even loving of her enemy. You don’t really know Palin because you haven’t read stuff she writes. What tends to happen is when she does anything that could be remotely construed as attacking others in a politically incorrect manner, it is all over the news. Just like this one.

    I’d encourage you — if you really want to understand what Palin stands for — read stuff that she writes. Here is a couple of examples of her writing that attacks others: she focuses on facts, and does it out of love for all Americans.

    NOW — I only linked to articles where she is attacking politicians or media people. The vast majority of the stuff she writes on her page is not of this sort — most of the time her messages tend to be more upbeat and hopeful than vindictive.

    Not to mention that the attacker in this particular story seemed to be merely a troubled person, not a conservative nutjob. See this article that describes the person behind this tragedy:

    Based on the mental state of this suspect, it is quite far-fetched to try to link Palin into this shooting. I think the reporter had a political agenda in their linking of the Palin map here — not that I’m saying that the map wasn’t a bad idea — it was.

    What’s more is, Palin herself expressed sincere condolences:

    Besides that: I *DO* think there is a broader issue of extremists on both sides being blinded by hatred. I don’t like politicians (or any leaders) who encourage such things. That is one reason why I could not wholeheartedly support Carl Paladino. Palin herself has seen a share of it — like when she was nominated, lot of feminists criticized her for her decision to NOT abort her Downs Syndrome child. Can I say ‘genocide’ there? Seriously…for somebody who truly believes abortion is murder, I think they should have had the ability to respect her decision in this area, but no, they attacked her over it, accused her of bringing a defective child, Trig, into this world. That is not love in my book.


  2. Don G.
    Jan 09, 2011 @ 18:51:18

    Thanks for the link to the quote. I always like learning a bit more about Jewish history, and it feels nice to know that Jews did have a role in our country’s development even from the beginning.

    Also shows how minority activism sometimes can yield results…..

  3. handeyes
    Jan 09, 2011 @ 22:25:26

    Hi Tim
    Thanks so much for ur comment. ive changed the blog entry to say “It is unfathomable that political personalities have been preaching a gospel of intolerance and/or using violent imagery and rhetoric such as putting bullseyes /gun sights / cross hair maps to target opponents – Sarah Palin, not cool girl. not cool.”

    thus i removed the word hate and replaced it with “intolerance” and also tried to make it clear what i was displeased with re: Palin.

    i have seen alot of political personalities and religious organizations saying very anti-gay and things (link to an article about a church that plans to picket the funerals of the victims of the Arizona shooting

    Pls know if a liberal, democrat political figure or religious figure etc was preaching a message of hate or using cross-hairs to single out opponents because of differing beliefs – i would take issue with them too.

    I dont want to see this situation exploited to be its open season on Sarah Palin or her family so pls let me know if the revision above is better.

    re: her condolences – of course that is good of her to send that out but she should also be sending out a message apologizing for the cross-hair / gun target symbol on the map. She should have done this long before the shooting and she should do it ESPECIALLY NOW. her refusal to do so will speak volumes.

    She should do this not because of political pressure and trying to save her career and her party but rather because it is a wrong that needs to be righted and because its the right thing to do.

    Without such a retraction, acknowledgment, and an apology – her condolences run the risk of being hollow and just a formality or a strategic act.

    I dont want that.

    Re: feminists – i have NEVER seen any writings criticizing Palin for not aborting Twig. This does nt mean that there isnt any such thing out there – as we have seen there is alot of horrible stuff out there because folks abuse the 1st amendment. I can assure u if i ever come across such writings i would be appalled and dismayed.

    My understanding of some feminists opposition to Sarah Palin as a potential VP was her desire to restrict women’s rights to control their own body not because of her own personal reproduction choices but rather because of her efforts to restrict others’ reproduction rights.

    While i would never choose an abortion for myself and i have been pressured by medical professionals during pregnancies for all the special testings (ultra sounds, amniocentesis) to check to make sure the fetus is alright – i have always confronted them with “and what if the baby has a condition that is not “fixable / treatable” in utero – to which they say “then u have options” to which i said “you speak of abortion” to which the squirm and then i say “no thanks”

    re: extremism on either end – i dont support it. only extremist im aiming to be is an extremist of love

    thank u again for your comment



  4. handeyes
    Jan 09, 2011 @ 22:40:16

    Don G

    yes, i agree its really interesting and good to know. I really love reading of this exchange between G Washington and Rabbi Seixas

    i first learned of this quote re: “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance” when i visited the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC – the outside of the building and inside has a quote from each president of the US as it relates to equality and justice and the one from washington just grabbed me. later i googled it and learned more of the origins

    the one from eisenhower also touched me and i have since always been impressed by alot of quotes from eisenhower – my knowledge of him as our president is pretty limited but from the quotes i have seen, he had a great deal of wisdom and soul. some day ill have to read more about him.

    the quote of his from the USHMM:
    “The things I saw beggar description…the visual evidence and the verbal testimony of starvation, cruelty and bestiality were so overpowering. I made the visit deliberately, in order to be in a position to give first hand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations to propaganda. Ohrdruf April 15, 1945.”

    Any time we face bigotry, persecution, and intolerance – like what happened in Arizona we should all do a collective shout out and mourning.

    Hatred only begets more hatred

    “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall — think of it, ALWAYS.” Gandhi

    and here he is not speaking of love of country or love of ideology but rather love of our fellow wo/man



  5. Tim V
    Jan 09, 2011 @ 23:01:40

    The revision is better, thanks, Patti.

    As for Westboro Baptist Church — did you know that mainstream Christians roundly condemn them and what they are doing? I couldn’t imagine Palin supporting those people, either. Especially in this particular picket. But in any case — do know that I do not support anything Westboro baptist church does.

    As for Palin’s refusal to apologize — well, there are two sides to this thing. First, you are right, she should apologize if she believes it was a mistake. But the thing is I don’t think Palin thinks (even at this point) that it was wrong. Now, I cannot tell at this point — I read somewhere that she removed the map soon after the shooting, so I can’t say. Anyways we cannot see any evidence based on the suspect’s state of mind that her action had anything to do with this shooting.

    If you look at it from her perspective, I’d suspect that she feels it is just liberal people trying to drag past controversy into an unrelated story, thereby muddying up, or further angering people against her. In that respect, it is not cool on that reporter’s part or in the other liberal people’s part to use this opportunity to stir up anger against Palin. While it might be more loving for Palin to apologize for the crosshairs now in light of this to defuse this — others *DO* have to examine themselves and ask if they are holding the failure to apologize for something that they don’t see as wrong against Palin. To not accept her condolences because you are obsessed on the use of a metaphor (and remember, Palin is a pro-gun rights person) that she still does not believe to be wrong fails to recognize that she *IS* totally opposed to the shooting in every sense of the word. It is in that respect that I think people can, and should accept the condolence at face value.

    Am I making sense? I hope it doesn’t look like I’m twisting things around!


  6. handeyes
    Jan 09, 2011 @ 23:25:29


    you are a good soul

    re-read what u just wrote and tell me if it sounds twisty or not.

    i kinda got lost.

    Sure i can understand her point of view, and yours, and his and hers and….

    i will not say that Palin caused this shooter to take this action but we both agree that the cross-hair map was wrong


    again – dont want to see her persecuted just want to see her do the right thing.

    re: the Westboro Baptist Church – good to know ur views on that

    the problem with extremist groups (especially extremist religious groups – dont care which God they float their flag under) is that they give the folks who true love their fellow wo/man is that they give the good folks a bad reputation

    would that we could all strive to be extremists of love of our fellow wo/man and not just the ones who think like we do



  7. Tim V
    Jan 09, 2011 @ 23:30:16

    Perhaps this is a bit clearer way to communicate what I was trying to say in so many paragraphs. We can try to encourage/influence Palin to apologize for the crosshairs thing. But at the end of the day, we cannot change others action — we can only change our own and the influences we have on others.

    Serenity Prayer

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to accept the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference

  8. handeyes
    Jan 09, 2011 @ 23:31:52

    to which i will say





  9. Tim V
    Jan 09, 2011 @ 23:37:47

    “if she is a pro-gun person ALL THE MORE REASON FOR HER NOT TO HAVE USED THAT IMAGERY ON THAT MAP – right?”

    If she is a pro-gun person, she is more likely to use that imagery and the associated metaphor. It is in that respect, I accept her usage of that metaphor as an extension of who she is. She goes hunting, she goes fishing, or is regularly exposed to people who do the same. I don’t, however, think she is militant, though.

  10. handeyes
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 00:48:49

    aw tim

    just when we were uttering the serenity prayer

    yes her huntin’ and a fishin’ background might make the view within the SCOPE OF A GUN a common image for her but seriously does that mean common decency would leave her – and make her think this would be a suitable image to use for politicians that have contrary views than hers????

    it seems to me if she loves america so much and loves human beings so much and loves the lord so much – shed be remembering about loving ur enemies and ur neighbors and those who have contrary views than u and she would NOT CHOOSE (she of all people who knows the power and privilege of the bam of a gun) would not chose to put these folks in the view finder of a scope

    no – reason, logic, and humanity would dictate that she would be the first person to object to such imagery

    guess reason and logic and humanity stepped out that day

    and when there was an outcry about it and she left it up saying – bugger off u liberals – i guess she still didnt think there was anything wrong with that

    and when someone did take a gun to one particular target and as this noble and just person lie in her hospital bed with a fate that is unclear and many others have been laid down permanently – she can not even muster an apology?

    i can accept this tim cuz i know that there serenity prayer pretty dang well

    but i can not respect it and i will not ABANDON hope that reason and COMpassion will come to Ms. Palin

    i am a fool for hope

    so if ud wager to do a prayer with me. lets pray that ms. palin and some of the other folks who have espoused vitriolic rhetoric (on both sides of the extremist rhetoric) can remember the importance of compassion with passion

    that is my hope

    and that we too will remember it

    i dont want any attacks against ms. palin and family or the other folks

    i want love – love of self and enemy and neighbor and humanity

    what she done was wrong – even if it was unintended and accidental

    i admire folks who can apologize

    adding now cuz i overlooked it: re: the militant comment. if u mean militant to mean militia – hording ur guns type – no i don’t thinks she is that also. if u mean fanatical and really wanting folks to do violence to others – no i do NOT thing she wants that also. ie i agree with ya.



  11. Tim V
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 02:29:53

    It seems to me like you are with me on the most important point (to me at least), but are not quite understanding everything I’m trying to say. I’m ok with where we are, particularly since I think attempts to further explain the other less important points probably is unhelpful. Especially in the light of the fact that a number of people lost their life, a number of people are in the hospital — and we really should come together in condemning this shooting and trying to comfort the victims and the people associated with them.

    Hopefully we’ll understand each other better on another day, even if we might not agree 🙂

  12. handeyes
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 02:37:35

    aw tim v

    thank u for this

    i agree with everything u just said

    my prayers and heart are with the families and this country

    and i thank u



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