“William, it's because of your attitude and anger that this conflict continues. I feel pity for you, because you will go on hating and making statements like that. that are wrong and irrelevant and only cause more conflict on the subject. Until you let go of your hate you will never find peace or happiness.”
tr6886 on Jan 30, 2014 at 03:23:04
“Gays don't need to backdown, my generation will help them to get marriage. Period.”
tr6886 on Jan 30, 2014 at 03:22:07
“They need equality. Anything besides marriage doesn't offer same benefit. Gays actually asked civil union in 90s, but you refuse it. Right, when you realize that marriage seems inevitable, you start to call out civil union? how hypocritical.”
“In my opinion the culprit of this big controversy is the use of the word Marriage. I have friends and relatives that are in same sex relationships. They are all just regular people and their relationships don't effect my marriage in any way. Most people, me included, define Marriage as the legal joining of a Man and a women, in other words people of opposite genders. I see no reason people of the same sex who want to be in a long relationship shouldn't have the same legal rights as any one else. Just call it anything else but Marriage. That would stop most of this bickering.”
TXanimal on Jan 30, 2014 at 10:51:28
“I shouldn't be held accountable for other people's failure to understand basic civil law.”
joemondo on Jan 30, 2014 at 01:03:35
“You are quite wrong, as proven by the many efforts to debt even civil unions for same sex couples.
I don't care what you think, you don't own the word and never will.”
tranceobsession on Jan 30, 2014 at 00:44:59
“Why should we have to call it something else? Marriage, legally, is a contract between two consenting adults. Period. Not a man and a woman. Two adults. Mitt romneys grandfather had five wives. King Solomon had hundreds. European royalty used to marry siblings. In china, two dead people can be legally married.”
“Oh I see you have forgotten about 9-11. OK, let's just let them all in and take over our country. I guess you and all the other bleeding hearts will be happy then.”
huffpofan50 on Nov 27, 2013 at 19:32:36
“Let's put up a big "Al Qaeda Welcome" sign on the Statue of Liberty. We'll put all the women in Burkas and outlaw pork. Then we'll force all the real Americans like yourself into slavery. Weeeeeeeeeee!”
“Dressing in cultural wear is a way of separating themselves from our society instead of becoming part of it.”
Pearl Jam111 on Jan 30, 2014 at 03:40:06
“And what you just said is a way of separating yourself from a tolerant and decent human being instead of becoming a person who is accepting and loving and understands other people.
Maybe you need a Cultural Anthropology class, a lot has changed since you went to school. It isn't the 60's anymore, hell it isn't even the 80's. We have progressed a lot since then and you views are going to be left in the dust while the current and modern trends will favor the America of now”
Sereneone4life on Nov 27, 2013 at 18:09:32
“What about people who wear or carry crosses on their persons or people who wear yarmulkes in public? Are they separating themselves from American society, too? The whole concept behind what it means to be an American initially entailed embracing people of all cultures regardless of their origins. This country was founded by men and women who wanted the freedom to worship as they wished without fear of being persecuted for their actions. How can you claim to be an American and be so clueless about how this country was founded?”
“Indian-American? No such thing. Make a choice, your either an American or an Indian, unless your a Native American Indian. If you want to be an American assimilate into our society be American and leave your past culture behind. That's what your running away from is it not.”
SabeWhat on Nov 27, 2013 at 19:14:08
“What about Native Hawaiians, Native Alaskans and Native Mexicans?
Assimilate and Leave your past culture behind, you say. Mywayoregon, which of the following would you like to be rid of, which happen to be part of the American fabric.
- Irish: St Patrick’s Day, Shamrocks, Leprechaun, Tweed, Wool Weaving.
- German: Fastnacht, Goetta, Groundhog Day, OKTOBERFEST, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach
- Italian: Opera, Antipasti, Tarantella, Pasta, Tomato Sauce. Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci.
- Japanese: Sake, Cherry Blossom Festival, Chopsticks, Tofu, Origami, Sumo Wrestling, Silk paintings, Kobe beef.
- Mexican: Silver artisans, Sombreros, Tequila, Mariachi style of folk music, The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Tortillas, Clay pottery, Literature.
It is endless -”
skl6 on Nov 27, 2013 at 19:07:48
“Not to nit-pick or anything (okay, just a little), but any comment commanding Americans to speak English should know the difference between "your" and "you're". It's a very important difference.”
Denise Watson on Nov 27, 2013 at 17:23:19
“You really need to stop. So you're saying if an Indian person came to this country, they'd have to leave their culture behind? How do you think America was created? Go to any restaurant in this country, and explain how every item on the menu originated in America... You wouldn't be able to. Pieces from other countries, and cultures helped build America. Sure we have American traditions, but other cultures had a hand in building the greatness, and vastness of this country. You should visit other states.”
gratnam on Nov 27, 2013 at 17:20:24
“Bet you can't define "American" re culture, dress, religion.”
skl6 on Nov 27, 2013 at 17:06:41
“I think Native Americans would be unhappy that you just clumped them all together like that and gave them a free pass on being "Americanized". Native American cultures of North America are incredibly diverse.”
“When in Rome, be a Roman. Same goes for America. That add is a nice add for foreign countries, not America. America is the melting pot of the world, that means to be American you assimilate into into our society. If you need to wear a turban or burka or whatever to your place of worship fine, otherwise leave it at home and dress American. And learn English, and speak English . You came here be American so do it or go back where you came from.”
Iqbaljit Singh on Mar 3, 2014 at 16:17:57
“lol the governemnt of india already tried this with sikhs, they wanted sikhs to leave sikhism and assimilate into mainstream hinduism, we were targeted and almost wiped out by that government, similarly what happened to the jews by the nazis. thats why we're in west now (UK, AUS, US, Canada). if the US does this then its just as fascist as indias govt, and the nazi govt. plus sikhs fit in like any regular american, the laws of this country are already very similar to the sikh faith, esp the 1st and 2nd amendments of the bill of rights. thats why we fit in so damn well. its just our appearance that sticks out like a sore thumb”
JessCostello on Nov 27, 2013 at 21:17:06
“From the neck down he's dressed in regular American clothes. And you can't say a beard isn't American.”
Desjay Desjay on Nov 27, 2013 at 20:46:14
“So, dressing AMERICAN to you would have them wearing a Crucifix around their neck right?
If you want other religions to leave their Religious stuff at home and not wear it in Public, then will you Christians PLEASE do the same?
I'm tired of all this Christian symbology getting shoved in my face with people wearing Crucifixes, and Crosses on the side of the road and Christian billboards and Christian TV shows etc.
Seems you only want to suppress the religions and practices that aren't YOURS.
The First Amendment covers Religious FREEDOM, and lets people wear their religious clothes despite the rules for Being an American that you've listed off.
Your post is one of the most ignorant posts I've read on the internet in a while,”
Alexander Thompson on Nov 27, 2013 at 19:33:53
Just wanted to point out a couple things! First, there were non-white anglo saxon protestant people living in America long before we got here. We definitely didn't adopt Native American cultural practices so I'm not sure that we can expect everyone else to!
Second, one of the founding principles of the United States was freedom of Religion! The Pilgrims came here fleeing religious persecution. So it would kind of be antithetical to the reason this country was founded in the first place to persecute someone because of their religion!
Third, Merriam-Webster defines a melting pot as "a place (such as a city or country) where different types of people live together and gradually create one community," and assimilation is defined as "to take in (information, ideas, or culture) and understand fully." So it is possible for a place to be a melting pot without everyone being exactly the same, and it is possible to assimilate without adopting cultural practices.
Fourth, I don't know if you've ever seen or heard Waris Ahluwalia, but he actually speaks English very well! Not that it is relevant.
Fifth, he was born here, so it's kind of impossible for him to not be American!
Finally, it is spelled ad, not add. Just for future reference!
Hope this cleared some things up! Have a great day.”
PiperKaren on Nov 27, 2013 at 18:21:17
“Wrong. Being American means being whoever you are.”
SabeWhat on Nov 27, 2013 at 18:18:18
“Following is attire representing various religions - worn inside and outside places of worship, male and female, in America. Which of the following is not dressing American? Which should be church/worship dress only (or leave it at home) and why?
- Nuns Habits - Enveloping female outer garment (head to feet) excluding face: Catholicism
- Burqa - Enveloping female outer garment (head to feet): Islam
- Veil: Female Church Hair Cover: Catholicism and other Christian Faiths
- Niqab - Female Face Veil: Islam
- Hijab - Female head/hair cover: Islam
- Collar - Clerical or Pastor Collars: Catholicism and other Christian Faiths
- Yamaka's or Kippah's - Male head caps: Judaism
- Taqiyah or Topi - Prayer cap: Islam
- Turbans - Male head cover: Sikhism”
Because if so, then fair comment. If you're 'merican you should dress 'merican. Also, do you speak Southern Quechea? Or at the very least, as you put it so elegantly: 'And learn English, and speak English .You came here be American so do it or go back where you came from.'[sic, grammatical errors repeated verbatim from 'mywayoregon'].”
jane13 on Nov 27, 2013 at 18:15:04
“seems to me like we have different races in The us. now, TO ME its a good thing. they are just as American as anyone else. and many do know English. and should but if this is their home now., welcome to America.”
Sereneone4life on Nov 27, 2013 at 17:57:11
“"If you need to wear a turban or burka or whatever to your place of worship fine, otherwise leave it at home and dress American. And learn English, and speak English . "
Um, they ARE dressing "American." The theory behind that "melting pot" you mention was that America was supposed to be the one place people of all cultures, religious backgrounds, etc., was supposed to have the freedom to be exactly who and what they were without fear of persecution. This is why America has no official language- English or otherwise- because having an official language would exclude people who were meant to feel welcome here. That's not to say that learning English isn't /beneficial/, it just isn't required to be a citizen of this country. Intolerance was not meant to be an American trait and anyone that is incapable of embracing the true concept of what it means to be an American are the ones who actually need to leave.”
michelleh6075 on Nov 27, 2013 at 17:52:48
“Seriously? You obviously have a warped understanding of what it is to "be American" I'll give you that though - I'm Canadian. Also a melting pot. But my thoughts are, why not celebrate cultural customs and learn something about other people and the world instead of looking down at them? We're all human first. Where we just happened to be born is luck of the draw.”
Terry Keith on Nov 27, 2013 at 17:45:47
“Everybody's tired of you and polyester.”
truthequalfreedom on Nov 27, 2013 at 17:34:48
“You said America is a melting pot,yes he can wear a turban If he want to.He is Indian-American therefore he is dressing American.What is dressing American is anyway?You saw a turban and you are thinking muslim.He is Sikh not muslim.”
gratnam on Nov 27, 2013 at 17:19:15
“So, what would you suggest. Chaps and spurs?”
Denise Watson on Nov 27, 2013 at 17:10:28
“The melting pot has many people of different cultures, who speak different languages, and are thus are different from each other. If it didn't have that, it wouldn't be a melting pot. But really, since it seems like your adverse to "different" maybe you should start your own country, where people look like you, and speak your language...oh and just to let you know, that'll never be America.”
rosnik on Nov 27, 2013 at 17:02:25
“Ignorance is not always bliss.”
HopeforJohn on Nov 27, 2013 at 16:57:53
“So to become assimilated to America you must become American. Please tell us what is an American? How can you tell if you are looking at a European or Slovakian? If his turban was red white and blue would you care?
I love the cultural differences of America. I would dare to say if you don't like it maybe you should be the one to leave!”
skl6 on Nov 27, 2013 at 16:57:00
“I think your "American" and my "American" are completely different ideas. But hey, at least in my America being different's not so bad!”
Pelias on Nov 27, 2013 at 16:55:08
“Isn't that the supposed be the good thing about America, that you can be who and what you want to be? Sorry,, but I disagree with you totally. Being an American does not mean you have to forget your roots. It does not mean you have to dress in a certain manner. America is full of sub-cultures, and each of these sub-cultures has the right to exist. I personally think, a turban or burka is not the problem, but the minds of those who think they are. There was a time when bell bottoms, afros, mini-skirts, etc were frowened upon in mainstream America..”
huffpofan50 on Nov 27, 2013 at 16:51:11
“so by your logic, America is a Melting Pot but only for a nano second. then you better put your Levis on and and grab yourself a Budweiser cuz this is Amurika dang it.”
alsm9 on Nov 27, 2013 at 16:46:09
“He's in A GAP AD!!! That's about as American as it gets. And you obviously don't understand the melting pot metaphor....I suspect you don't understand much.”
Emily Davenport 123 on Nov 27, 2013 at 16:44:19
“The United States is a diverse country. There is no one American image to assimilate to. There's a white European image that's the most common but it isn't the American image which you apparently think it is. People like you are what is wrong with this country.”
CG821 on Nov 27, 2013 at 16:42:58
“then we should all dress like Indians(you know, REDSKINS) & speak in Indian dialect. ...haha!!!
YOU ARE SO LAME! You must live a bitter life...hahahahahaahahahahahahaaa!!!!!!”
Your Daddy on Nov 27, 2013 at 16:42:12
“"America is the melting pot of the world, that means to be American you assimilate into into our society".
Uh... even though the whole 'meltiing pot' analogy isn't very good that's... not what that phrase actually means, lol.”
Jay Hathaway on Nov 27, 2013 at 16:35:35
“Cool. By that logic, you should learn to speak Algonquin.”
ovoxo51 on Nov 27, 2013 at 16:32:29
“invalid, one has the right to express themselves freely and believe in whatever religion they desire. You are stating to minimize the visual minority of America, recall the reason why America allowed immigrants; boost the economy by having more people contributing to the work force (labor/skilled), thus boosting its economy. People have come for a better opportunity, not to loose their identity and their practice.”
Jaida Payne on Nov 27, 2013 at 16:24:36
“If you really believed that our country was a melting pot, you wouldn't care that people dressed in cultural wear, because we have a diverse culture. America has no dictated language, and no dictated style of dress ,so a woman wearing a burka, or a man wearing a turban is being American, if they are an American citizen.”
SouthernLander on Nov 27, 2013 at 16:24:26
“So, since you are so insistent that they assimilate, does it also follow that they must become Christians, since that is the dominant religion? Sikhs wear turbans as a religious obligation; and I always though that America enshrined freedom of religion.”
irrenmann on Nov 27, 2013 at 16:22:31
“He is Indian-American. Therefore anything he wears is "dressing American."”
“romil, comeonman1 is correct. once police start questioning you, you have the "Right to remain Silent". In the beginning the parents answered questions, but when irrelevant and personal questions that had nothing to do with finding their daughter started they shut up, and I say good for them. It has nothing to do with their bank account, it has to do with knowing your rights. Just because you refuse to answer their questions does not mean you are guilty. It means you wont be bullied.”
“To king72 rebuttal. When you go before a school board or city councle or any other such group and present your thoughts on a subject, 95% of the time youare not going to get a comment or decision at that time simply because its a group and they would need to discuss it first. They did however get a decision from the district supervisor. This is the policy, the majority of parents like the policy I see no reason to change it. They needed to stop here.The fast buck is in the harassment complaint now suite tomorrow. If they really care about their child they should stop now and home school.”
“When an adult has an extra martial affair it is because they weren't taught as a child right from wrong. They weren't taught that there are consequences when you do the wrong thing. That is why there are so many extra martial affairs nowadays. A simple swat on the butt is NOT assault or abuse.”
“Kids are out of control because parents are to busy to teach respect and that there are consequences for bad behavior. You should be a parent first and a friend second. Too many parents want to be their child's friend so they stop being a parent. Being a parent is a full time job and it isn't always a fun job, you cant always be the good guy. .Your a parent until that child is 18, after that your job is done, now you can be a friend if you were a good parent. When my Son was 26 or 27 he said to me "you know Dad when I was growing up there were times I really hated you, now when I think back I'm glad you didn't let me slide". If your kids can say that to you, you know you did a good job.”
“First of all you are the only one talking about abuse and smacking around a child. The subject here is a simple swat on the butt, not done in anger or with malice. Why do you feel the need to embellish the facts to try and make a point? You might think about some therapy to find out why.”
d1anaw on Oct 15, 2013 at 00:21:42
“hahahaa. Hitting without malice? That's the most pathetic statement of all. You hit people who are younger, smaller and not able to defend themselves just for fun?”
“You are so right, If a child has been taught respect at home it will be seen in the classroom. Even a child in K-1 should know right from wrong. But due to the fact they are children they will sometimes test the waters to see what happens, that is where discipline (not necessarily spanking) comes in. But it is parents like Windy and Charles who have striped the schools and teachers of this.”
“Part 2. A lot of kids nowadays don't have respect for their own parents much less a teacher or any other adult. How do I know this, because my oldest daughter is a teacher and I have visited her school and seen the rudeness and disrespect first hand, and it is because we have taken the disciplinary tools away from the school and teachers and parents are to busy to do it themselves. But just like Wendy and Charles they get upset when someone else points out their laziness. These people are just looking for a fast buck at the taxpayers expense.”
King72 on Oct 14, 2013 at 23:22:42
“So far the only thing the parents have done is request that the school change their policy and they didn't even acknowledge the request but moved on to another topic. Even if it's only one set of parents their concerns should be addressed. It doesn't appear that they have any intention of making a fast buck. What I disagree with is that the school district is telling people that they will spank their child if they don't sign the paper. That's illegal, the absence of approval or disapproval is not consent.”
“When I was in school it was a given that if you did something wrong you got punished. That did not always mean a spanking, but we knew there was always that possibility. I think I received every possible punishment available at that time from K-1 to 8th grade. But I was also a B+ student and all the teachers in the school knew me (I lived across the street) and liked me.I was a cut up and a prankster and when needed got punished for it from detention to moving my desk next to the teachers facing the other students to notes sent home to being sent to the principles office and a couple of times even swats. I never felt that there was any malice or anger at any time and I sure didn't run home and tell my mommy that the mean teacher spanked me. In fact my 1st grade, 3rd grade and 8th grade teachers came to my wedding 9 years after I had left that school. End of part 1, see part 2 below.”