Letters to the Editor

From Dec. 31, 2005

Human Rights Council

Glad to see the changes

The Kitsap Human Rights Council chose to have a reunion recently of past Human Rights Council members. It was an enjoyable meeting and one I am glad the current members so kindly invited all our participation. Ten years ago being appointed with another gentleman, a leader in the Filipino community, was an honor.

Unfortunately because of a few dissenters, political beliefs became more important than tolerance. Also there were those who viewed certain traditional religions as politically incorrect, my co-appointee withdrew his appointment because of the statements made by newspapers, including this one. Some council members stated the appointments were intended to be against people instead of being pro-community.

How unfortunate it is when religion, political philosophy and race become obstacles to Human Rights and the ability for communities to unite. It was good seeing that the current Human Rights Council appears to put people and their dignity in front of politics and the division it can cause.

MICK SHELDON

Past Human Rights Council member

Kingston

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