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Mere Tolerance Isn't Enough by Cookies-n-Scream Mere Tolerance Isn't Enough by Cookies-n-Scream
Read Left part, then Right part then the bottom. Okay?
We must respect other religions even as we respect our own.
Mere tolerance thereof is not enough.
Mohandas K. Gandhi
Tempest Foundation stands for Train, Educate, & Motivate Parents, Educators & Students in Tolerance
In Memory of Tempest Kayne Smith
1988-2001

Every religion has been presecuted for their beliefs, but does that make it right? Tolerance is not enough, we must learn to respect and learn about others and their beliefs. These actions CAN NOT go without notice. If you feel embarrassed that people of your religion have done something like this then GOOD! Feel embarassed BUT don't let it keep happening, STOP IT from continuing! As one wise person said "Evil can only truly win if the good does nothing to stop it." We are all letting evil win if we do nothing to stop it...
check here for link to the offical website and a note from a christian pastor and what he thought of her story. [link]

Thousands of people from all over the globe have pledged themselves to being part of the resolution against intolerance. By reading this, you, too, have become a part of the bigger picture — a grand portrait of tolerance, where you can be you and Tempest is free.
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LaLeafButterfly Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please, post one in which the Muslim kills the Christian because that's also happened a lot and still no one cares. Are you brave enough?
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Cookies-n-Scream Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Student General Artist
"no one cares" so is that why there were protests all over in support of the victims of the Paris attack? And why there was a spike in hate crimes toward Muslims in France after Charlie Hebdo - such as there being 128 hate crimes toward Muslims in a 17 day period IN JUST PARIS vs before that it taking a full year to have 133 in all of France prior to that terrorist attack? How about the fact a muslim kills a christian and its a terrorist attack but a christian kills a muslim and the media is silent, and its just "murder". Why when 3,000 Americans (assuming a good portion is Christian) died 14 years ago, it sparked a response of a loss of over 15,000 Muslims? How about since the premiere of American Sniper, there has been a spike in hate crimes toward Muslims?  Or the fact three Muslims who were trying to make the world a better place were shot, executed actually, in their home in America and its being reported as "over a parking dispute" despite the fact the killer had no problem with the man until his wife who wears the headscarf, moved in or his social media pages are plastered with Anti-Islam?
No one cares? it is plastered all over the media every time a Muslim kills a Christian. There are retaliation attacks afterwards. And if you were so interested in me posting one you'd have given me a specific name. 
You want someone else other than a Christian bullying a pagan to point of suicide? You want another PSA? 
How about we talk about how anti-Semitic the world has gotten recently? I notice you just immediately jumped to Muslims where the world reacts to. But what about the Jews? Did you even know how bad it has gotten for Jewish people? They have a better case of "no one cares" than your one factually inaccurate statement.
The list of European cities where Jews are being murdered is increasing. What cities is added to that list? Oh Paris. Where Muslims are being attacked. Oh, Brussels? Belgium, a "neutral" country? Oh, Copenhagen? Denmark you say? Surely not so. They saved many Jews fleeing the Nazis by getting them to Sweden. What's that? Desecration of Jewish graves? Over a hundred of them? (around 300, actually) Roland Dumas, former French foreign minister, claims Manuel Valls, prime minister, "acts under 'Jewish inluence' because his wife is Jewish" (in case you didn't know: MICROAGGRESSION right there) The fact a Jewish schoolgirl had been beaten and almost died and was told while she was being beaten "It's because you're Jewish." ""Die Jew-scum" and yet where is her media coverage? Where are protests for her? Why was it that her government chose to NOT label it a hate crime because "how do we really know she was attacked for being jewish?"
There's Anti-Semitic graffiti all over a neighborhood in Washington DC. They have been targeting Jewish owned businesses and homes with it. Not to mention the rise in attacks on Jews there too. How bout the firebombed synagogues? Rabbi's being attacked? Jewish schoobuses being attacked as people screamed "Heil Hitler" and threatened to slit the schoolchildren's throats? The hateful stares Jews are reporting while walking the streets. Hostile body language. Belligerent remarks. Being spat on. Fear of needing to flee Europe "before it's too late"
"since 2000, 7,650 anti-Semitic incidents have been reliably reported to the Jewish Community Security Service and the French ministry of the interior; this figure omits incidents known to have occurred but unreported to the police. The incidents range from hate speech, anti-Semitic graffiti, and verbal threats to defacement of synagogues and other Jewish buildings, to acts of violence and terror including arson, bombings, and murder." 

BUT NO YOU'RE RIGHT. Let's talk about the attack of a nameless Muslim killing a nameless Christian that the media already covers well in hopes of hate mongering and generate more animosity between the two religions. That's totally bravery. Let's not talk about the Antisemitism rising across the globe. That's not bravery at all. 

Tl;dr To answer your request. No. I won't be making about a Muslim killing a Christian. The Media cares enough and covers that enough as is. It is not about bravery, which you clearly know nothing about. If I were to make another acceptance over tolerance post it would be about Antisemitism which is more pressing, rising/common problem than a Muslim harming a Christian violence. 
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Cookies-n-Scream Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Student General Artist
That being said, all loss of life is a tragedy. All murder regardless of what person from what group be it religious race or sex, against another or the same group is a tragedy. 
It is a shame and deserves its own time of mourning and acknowledgment.

(But I will not accept going to one post mourning the loss from one group and demanding in a very passive aggressive way that another group be mourned and acknowledged. You want a post about a certain group? Make your own. Do not come to mine mourning the loss of a specific person that could have been avoided if people were more accepting and attempt to goad me into something)
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sketchArtBrony Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You do know that when a Muslim kills someone,it's all over the media,right? 
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MadameSceptilite Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't believe people in my own religion would do this.....what happened to the love?
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Cookies-n-Scream Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Sometimes people let hatred cloud their hearts and minds.
But do not despair, there is still much love in the world. 
And there still will be if we all continue to do our part in not letting hatred spread, and keeping ourselves full of love and life.
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fantasylover100 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Damn... And in my town, just... Damn. Rest in peace
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BladeMaster667 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May she rest in peace
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TotallyDeviantLisa Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my...poor Tempest! It's horrible what she went through all that bullying and ridicule! :(
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Neoninja2 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
I'm glad to see that there are people who understand that tolerance alone is meaningless and that acceptance is also required. No side is truly safe from horrible things like this from happening. It's just all one big charlie-foxtrot of hate and misunderstand being thrown around and innocents getting caught in the cross-fire of the verbal (and sometimes physical) flame and hate wars. I may not share her religion but I'll be damn if I wouldn't have stood by her with one arm around her shoulder saying "It's alright, you are not alone. Others have hurt just as you have and we will stand by you" Those who know that crippling pain and lived to carry it could never stand by if this were to happen. This represents one more brick on the foundation of a lighthouse of acceptance, we must spread and illuminate/
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student Writer
If being bullied is enugh to rive someone to suicide they must have already been of an unsound mental state.
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Cookies-n-Scream Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student General Artist
So many things wrong with your statement, I don't even know where to begin.
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Writer
Begin wherever you like.
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Cookies-n-Scream Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student General Artist
I have a question before I even try to begin... have you actually ever been bullied?
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Writer
Yes.
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Cookies-n-Scream Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student General Artist
What exactly makes you think that her suicide was from her being already mentally unsound, instead of bullying which has been proven to have devastating effects on a person's mental health?
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student Writer
I never said it was solely because she was mentally unsound.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
No.
A child who was constantly attacked for their belief with very little support can only do so much on their own.
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Student Writer
There's a difference between suicide and abandoning your faith.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
The kid abandoned nothing, she suffered and died.
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Student Writer
I never said she did.
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
While I've never though of killing my self, I know exactly how this poor girl must have felt.

I was ridiculed, bullyed and harassed by Christians and Muslims at high school first for been an Atheist and later for been a Neo-Pagan specifically practicing the old Greek religion. What's worse is the teachers bloody tolerated it and tried to ignore me when I complained yet when I got pushed to far and gave my harassers a taste of their own medicine I'm the one who got into shit and called intolerant. It's fucking bullshit I tell ya, the intolerance, the lack of understanding and the double standards Rage 
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Chiminix Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Christian hymns perhaps, but definitely not Christians at all.
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Spiritswriter123 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This so sad. While personally I'm Christian (see my icon, just under the Hammer and Sickle), I am completely surrounded by non-Christians (Wiccan, Old Egyptian, agnostic, probably a few atheists, and probably the closest thing to a satanist I'm ever going to meet)
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DeltaHD Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
I have an Anti Bullying Poster.

deltahd.deviantart.com/art/Ant…
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jbeverlygreene Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i honestly wonder if there's another side to that story.
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Kegger98 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
But if there was, would it justify anything?
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jbeverlygreene Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I won't justify people being judgmental on her & of course not harassing her or such, but I feel like her suicide might have other factors, was she being medicated? --that kind of dark side can also lead to suicide pacts & feelings.
anyway, may she rest in peace & find her answers in the other world.
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Kegger98 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Oh, alright, I thought you meant something else.
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Student Writer
There always is.
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Demon242 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
It's never been an issue of tolerance for me. It's acceptance that's the problem. Namely, there's none of it. And if you ask most people why they believe what they believe, they have absolutely no answer. And that's the problem. 

I'll give a perfect example of something we need to see more of in TV to make it enough for me to stomach again. I saw a commercial years back of a white girl with her mother at a park playground. The girl was about five or six years old. The girl asks her mother if she can play with the girl over there, and points to a black girl playing by herself. The mother then points to a group of white kids and offers why doesn't she play with those kids over there. The girl asks her mother why. The mother gives no answer. The screen goes black with the sound of kids playing and laughing in the background. The word 'Why' appears on the screen. Then changes to a picture of several different children playing together, underneath asking 'How am I any different from you?'. Then the commercial ends. 

Puts the message across perfectly. And I know this was about race and not religion, but here's what I'm going to ask: "Why does it matter what I believe when you and I can be friends?" 
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BlackDiamond874 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Character is what matters, my friend. Not Race, not gender, and not religion.
I only wish that everybody in this world could fully grasp that concept. 
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Demon242 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Here here. Here here. 
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BlackDiamond874 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Umm... What? :?
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CSuk-1T Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013   Digital Artist
We live in an extremely intolerant world of which bullying is prevalent amongst those who are the intolerants. It is so very sad that many children over the years have killed themselves due to extreme bullying; it is also sad that the schools and other establishments choose to ignore it so that their reputations won't be slurred.
I think many people have missed (or have deliberately chosen to overlook it) the real point of the misery that Tempest had to endure each and every day. It was an act of pure bullying by children who just enjoyed having someone to bully because they thought it made them look 'Hip' and 'Cool' to the other school students.....it had nothing to do with her Wiccan beliefs at all! Her beliefs were only used as a theme to create as much hurt to her as possible not, because these juvenile thugs cared about Christianity (or indeed any other religion for that matter) but that they just wanted to bully someone! These bullies will most likely go out into the world after graduation etc. and continue with the bullying of others; at least until the day someone decides to stand up to them and knocks them flat on their back's! I myself had to do this when I was at school and also at university. Not all the people bullied can find the courage, when needed, to do this and it is there that the establishment is woefully neglect in protecting these children. I have only once ever known of bullies that were directly responsible for the suicide of their victim to be hauled before a court (something which should happen in every case) and, rightly so as they are have aided and abbeted in a crime/murder!
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Cookies-n-Scream Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I disagree, this was a result of their community, their church, their elders telling them that she was less than them because she was a great sinner, she was a witch. That in their bible, she should be put to death for it. They were taught to view her with disdain. 
They took their views of their religion pretty serious, even if it was misguided.
They spoke with no thought of the consequences of what they say, till something like what happened, happens.
Countless adults act in the same manner, they interpret their religion's words in a certain way and insult and demean people because they do not follow the same rules. And they think they're doing right because they're taught that is what they are suppose to do. 
They're not juvenile thugs, they are the product of what they were taught in their own community.
I've spoken to someone who knew her, and they did care about their religion. They were thoughtless kids who thought they were doing right and only found out they were not after a tragedy. 

Though, I will agree that it is sad that schools and other establishments choose to ignore it. They sweep it under the rug because they don't want to do deal with it, unless of course someone dies then they *have* to deal with it. 

I've actually spoken to one of those involved, and they had a complete change in how they acted. They are what people would say is a good christian, and actually following the whole love one another, don't judge thing. I've known people who had been bullying but didn't think they were (because it was "all in good fun") and after someone attempted suicide, they realized what they were really doing and stopped. They went to the school and let themselves get suspended for it.
 Some people are truly horrid, but not everyone is. Some bullies learn to be better. Some never do.
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CSuk-1T Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013   Digital Artist
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Thankyou for your reply comment! As you are friends with a friend of the poor girl, I am sure you are greatly more aware of what the details of the tradgedy were; much more so than myself. However! I still say that they are juvenile thugs (their parents are thugs too for that matter), no matter what they heard their parents saying or what they were told by their parents. If a gangbanger were doing this to a person then they would be called a thug; by the public and the authorities alike. The people who bullied this poor girl acted in precisely a thugs manner. I know, and have known, people from almost evey creedo and belief there is and I respect them all. I was born into a devout Catholic family but became a disbeliever in it at the age of 14 (as I have become of all religions), but I don't care what people have as a faith, only the person themselves. So people who bully others, for no matter what reason, will always be thugs to me..... and stupid to boot!
CYA  another time maybe :iconhappyfellaavatar:
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fuzz3Knavel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty hypocritical when Christians complain about persecution, yet go and persecute everybody else with different beliefs.
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Demon242 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
...have you read a bible lately? It's pure hypocrisy. Politicians use it as a training manual. 
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The-Last-Sea-Serpent Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Don't stoop to their level. Be the better person.
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JuanAtaquito Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. that's terrible. I'm catholic, but I'm one of the few who actually understand that Wiccans are not satanists, and that Wicca is a religion founded in peace and nature. I am ashamed that this happened, and would like to say that this is not a representation of christian beliefs, or at least catholic beliefs, and that the great majority of us are good people.
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Akyura44 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Student General Artist
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theheek Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thats so horrible people especially in school can be so evil
they were horrible to me i never forgot it no matter how old i get
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Katrina20Lin10 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I hate these sort of people!
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CharmedMegan Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah. This made my eyes well up. :cry:
One of my best friends is Wiccan and she's very open about it: she wears her "pentangle/pentagram/whatever it's called" to school and often gets told to take it off, although she argues that if Christians can wear a cross then she can wear her religious symbol. Another of my friends is strict Christian but she doesn't care what religion you are, at all, and so I guess I'm lucky that I go to a rather tolerant school. Sure, she gets questions a lot about being Wiccan, but they're not insulting - they're just curious. :shrug:
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