Friday, September 14, 2018

Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Warsaw Poland, Sept 20, 2018 Session 17


Sea Jay Foundation
David Petteys
Combatting Racism, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination
Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Warsaw Poland, Sept 20, 2018 Session 17
The Sea Jay Foundation recommends that the OSCE reexamine all the Commitments that treat xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination as absolute evils in light of the understanding that they are not.
One hears a lot about “Combatting, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination” as if they were absolute evils. But philosophically, they are human reactions to events and situations that present themselves, not absolutes. We may find it prudent to “tolerate” a visiting relative, but we may be “intolerant” of an employee whom we discover is stealing from us. We may discriminate against him by firing him, even if he asserts he’s being fired owing of the color of his skin.
It may be wrong to be intolerant of a person solely because of religion or skin color.  But if there is an ideological group in society that harms citizens, we retain the right to disapprove of them. We retain the right to hold them accountable to our laws and to remove them from our society if necessary. Such a view is not irrational “xenophobia” but rational common sense. It is the instinct for self-preservation, which cannot and must not be deemed a punishable crime. 



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