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Thu, 2 Apr 2015 17:24:10 +0000
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Ms. Bastien:

I agree that people should be able to disagree with others; we do have freedom of expression etc. in this country for a reason.

However, the issue at hand is not one of mere intellectual argument. It concerns the actual treatment of others in the public sphere (particularly by corporations and/or their representatives), as has been pointed out by others. Once there are actions, especially if they are actions that lead to the unequal treatment of certain groups of people, it is perfectly appropriate to label them as bigotry, and call for their removal. Actions taken by businesses to deny people services are not in keeping with a philosophy of treating everyone with dignity and respect.

Deborah Tomaras
Library Cataloger
South Portland Public Library
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South Portland, ME 04106
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The views expressed in this email are my own, and not necessarily representative of South Portland or the South Portland Public Library

From: Laurie Bastien [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, April 02, 2015 1:07 PM
To: Tomaras,Deborah
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Subject: Re: [MELIBS-L] FW: ALA Statement on Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act

I find it extremely offensive to label someone a bigot simply because they may have a an opinion contrary to the popular one.

To disagree with someone or something DOES NOT EQUAL hate or bigotry.
f people of faith are labeled as
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bigots because they disagree with a person or idea, then conversely, it seems logical to label those who disagree with those religious principles as
​equally intolerant.

The bottom line is to treat everyone with respect and dignity.

Laurie Bastien, MLIS

Reference Librarian | Kaplan University

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