Intolerance

Dear Friends,

Please take a few minutes to read and act on this email.

On May 23rd 2001 the Taliban authorities in Afghanistan
confirmed that all Hindus will be required to wear a strip of
yellow cloth sewn onto a shirt pocket in order to identify
themselves. They claim that the measure is for their
“protection”. The world has faced this before, in 1939
the world was required, at great cost, to rid itself of Hitler’s
tyranny, it is not hard to spot his child. Those who fail to
learn from history are condemned to relive it.

The Taliban’s record on respecting other religions gives
great cause for concern that their ultimate aim, upon which
they are intent, is “religious cleansing”. They have already
demonstrated their distain and intolerance for other religions
and traditions by the desecration and destruction of the ancient
Buddhist statues, our collective heritage, within the Afghanistan.
Whatever your religion, or even if you have none, we hope
that you will agree that this fundamentally wrong. Remember,

“All it takes for evil to triumph is for
good men to do nothing”.

Please do not do nothing, add your voice.

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alastair@om-int.com.

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To The Secretary General, Security
Council and General Assembly of the United Nations.

We the undersigned are appalled by the decision of the
Taliban government of Afghanistan to require all Hindus
to wear a piece of yellow cloth sewn onto a shirt pocket
in order to identify themselves. An individual’s communion
with God, however they find him, is a matter of
personal conscience and must not be the subject of intimidation
or persecution. The right of everyone to worship as they
wish is fundamental and inalienable. The United Nations
was founded in order to defeat Hitler and his henchmen
who required the same from another religion with all it’s
horrific consequences. It is completely unacceptable that
nearly 60 years later history is repeating itself.

We ask the following:

  1. That the Taliban government is made aware in the
    strongest possible terms that the world will not countenance
    this perversion of human rights.

  2. That prior to the United Nations and/or it’s
    constituent members granting recognition of the Taliban
    government this obscene policy is reversed.

  3. That the United Nations widen the terms of the trade
    sanctions currently in force.

  4. Alastair Mitton - London UK

  5. Robert Mitton - London UK

  6. Paulette Budd - London UK

  7. Andrew Peake - London UK

  8. Pippa Howell - London UK

  9. Cecile Kusters - Arnhem, the Netherlands

  10. Sarah Malpas - London UK

  11. Susan Donnelly - Newcastle UK

  12. Paul Donnelly - London UK

  13. Pauline Bartholomew - London UK

  14. Is0bel McMillan London UK

  15. Fiona Adamson

  16. Minka Emina Kulenovic La Jolla, US

  17. Cath Dolan, London, England

  18. Liz Murphy, Murcia, Spain

  19. William M. Rueter, Wisconsin, US

  20. Jaclyn A. Knapper, Tennessee, US

  21. Louise Morris, Tennessee, US

  22. Joe Stoud, Matsuyama, Japan

  23. Keiko Stroud, Matsuyama, Japan
    21.Larry Asher, Nepal

  24. Phyl Asher, Nepal

  25. Reiny de Wit, Nepal

  26. Helen Johnston, Nepal

  27. Isaac Thompson, Northern Ireland

  28. Anne Thompson, Northern Ireland

  29. Paul Carter, Vancouver, Canada

  30. Lois Carter, Vancouver, Canada

  31. Bronwyn Short, Vancouver, Canada

  32. David Short, Vancouver, Canada

  33. Mark Calder, Sydney, Australia

  34. Graham Wintle, Surbiton, UK

  35. Geoff Chivers, Surbiton, UK

  36. Derek Nathan New Malden UK

  37. Mary Nathan New Malden UK
    36 Rosalind Preston, London UK
    37 Marlena Schmool, UK
    38 Ephraim Borowski, Glasgow, UK

  38. Ruth Warrens, London, UK

  39. Anthony Warrens, London, UK

  40. Ian Goodman, London, UK

  41. Liz Lightstone, London, UK
    43 Elizabeth Simpson, London UK

  42. Dimitris Kioussis

  43. John_Griffin

  44. Hermann Bujard, Heidelberg, Germany

  45. Regine Bujard, Heidelberg, Germany

  46. Konrad Beyreuther, Heidelberg, Germany

  47. Ursula Beyreuther, Heidelberg, Germany

  48. Horst Simon, Heidelberg, Germany

  49. Michael Brand, Dresden

  50. Dorothea Brand, Dresden

  51. Christoph Lorra, Dresden

  52. Martin Stocker, London, UK

  53. Walter Stohmer, Gottingen, Germany

  54. Michael Hans, Bonn, Germany

  55. Wolfgang Mueller, Berlin, Germany

  56. Claude Wasterlain, Los Angeles, USA

  57. Jerome Engel, Jr., Los Angeles, USA

  58. Gyorgy Buzsaki, Millburn, NJ, USA

  59. James M. Tepper, Boonton NJ USA

  60. Paul Bolam, Oxford UK

  61. Henk Groenewegen, Amsterdam, he Netherlands

  62. suzanne Haber, NY, USA

  63. Daniel S. Zahm, St. Louis, USA

  64. Lennart Heimer

  65. George F. Alheid, Chicago, Illinois, USA

  66. Frank M. Toussaint, Chicago, Illinois, USA

I remember hearing about this and discussing it in my government class. It reeks of injustice and repetition of history. I’m wondring though, what happens when multiple people copy this and there are multiplt number 100’s and so on throught the other numbers? I guess it doesn’t matter too much but I was just wondering.