February 16, 2010 |
It is a leap in logic for the Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, to argue in his Feb. 13 Times Op-Ed article that because a parking lot has been built by Israel over part of the Mamilla Cemetery in Jerusalem, or that power and sewage lines have been placed underground, the Muslim cemetery ceases to exist. The crux of the dilemma is a simple moral one: The Wiesenthal Center is seeking to build a Center for Human Dignity on top of a Muslim cemetery, a historic landmark and a place held sacred by many.
October 21, 2005
After reading the fourth installment of Steve Lopez's series on skid row (Oct. 16-20), I'm writing to thank you. It's a real eye-opener to view the way we neglect the mentally ill and addicts. So much suffering is difficult to even imagine; it's no wonder so many of us pretend it does not exist. Many Californians feel the homeless issue is not their problem. Human dignity is everyone's issue. Kudos to Lopez for having the guts to do this assignment, and thank you to the Los Angeles Times for the Page 1 coverage.
February 27, 2005 |
Dig: John Rechy is living proof that one of the best weapons for fighting hatred is pure love. "Beneath the Skin," organized by decade, is a collection of 46 articles written from 1958 to 2004. They range in topic from a description of Rechy's hometown, El Paso, to juvenile detention, the Vietnam War, Liberace, Gore Vidal, Sept. 11 and way, way beyond.
August 5, 2001
Re "House Approves Strict Ban on Human Cloning," Aug. 1: It is inconceivable that stem cell researchers could be prosecuted as criminals for discovering facts that will improve our quality of life. Scientific research is based on factual evidence requiring quantifiable evidence upon which it can be judged and objectively challenged to verify its usefulness. Opinions, on the other hand, are something you hold without the need for justification or proof. In a court of law, facts are allowable as evidence to convict, opinions are not. It is a fact that embryonic stem cells have the potential to cure many diseases.
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May 17, 2000
Re "Methodists Uphold Opposition to Gays," May 12: What a shame that so many in the Methodist Church remain unwilling to acknowledge the full human dignity of gays and lesbians and continue to deny them the right to become ministers. I am proud to be a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church, a community of faith that openly welcomes full participation of gays and lesbians in our life of worship. At a recent church retreat, I had the privilege of meeting one of the most inspiring, articulate, creative and caring ministers I have ever known, a man whose life example has helped me increase my own commitment to our faith tradition and to changing the world for the better.
November 21, 1999 |
It was inevitable that labor's rich tapestry of successes and failures would fade with the passage of time and the subsequent arrival of new generations. Family and friends, for example, know the names of 33 black sanitation workers in Memphis who were fired for seeking union representation during the turbulent 1960s. Yet the most visible monument to the workers who risked injury and death is embedded in the last two digits of AFSCME Local No. 1733's name.