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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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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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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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:iconpeteseeger:
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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EbolaBearVomit 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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EbolaBearVomit 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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Cookies-n-Scream Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student General Artist
one of my friends is a heavy christian, like real big on Christianity but she's the most accepting person I know. The thing I've come to know is there are good religious people and there are bad religious people, you can't judge a religion because one or the other because it can/is both of them. neither good or bad.
Personally, I'm not wiccan but I am pagan and I am somewhat open about it. I'll talk about but I wear celtic symbols like the Triskelion shield, or triquetra. Those tend to be more "accepted" than other symbols like a pentagram. I go for subtle because I don't feel like I need to make a statement about it. I would love to have a pentagram but at the witch store nearby they're like $40 while other symbols are like $15. I also tend to wear crystals instead. ^_^
People tend to question me when I bring it up but I know when they're curious or insulting based on their tone or questions. Most of the time they're curious. Only one person I know actually slapped me when I told them what I was, because she was a friend who was outraged that I turned my back on Jesus and God and became a pagan. We were talking about religion and she was like Idc what people are as long as they're happy with what they believe and I was like ikr? I love seeing devote christians just as much as I love being pagan and then she was like WHAT you're pagan? and i was like yep. and then bam. right across the face. I haven't spoken to her since. Never plan to really. It's been around 5 years.
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CharmedMegan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's kind of awful, really, but I think there's people like that everywhere. You just have to know which ones to avoid.

I'm actually atheist, as far as I know. At least, I don't believe in the Christian, Jewish or Muslim Gods or their Holy Books. That's not to say I don't believe in any other religions, I just don't know that much about Paganism or Buddhism or other more spiritual kind of beliefs. That's why I ask my Wiccan friend about it - I'm interested because it seems like something I think I could really get into. She goes to a lot of folk and faery festivals which she's pretty happy to tell us all about. :aww:

I used to be Christian but I just sort of realised that I didn't believe in it when I was about 10. That caused a few problems with the afore-mentioned Christian friend, but that was because she misunderstood me. She spread rumours about me being a "Christian hater", which is totally not true but we cleared it up.

I actually have a pair of earrings which are shaped like a triquetra and I love that style of jewellery - I nearly bought a Celtic triskelion when I visited Scotland a month ago. It's beautiful and it's part of my heritage as my ancestors are Irish and Scottish.

I also have some crystals, you know, the ones that are meant to have powers. I have a few, because I was obsessed with them when I was younger. I'm not even sure why, I was just drawn to them.

Anyway, I probably shouldn't get into this because I could talk forever about it, then end up waffling. :oops:
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Cookies-n-Scream Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student General Artist
I'd say if you believed in something we can't conceive but you haven't found a religion yet, you're more of a spiritualist than an atheist. It's not that you don't believe in anything but you haven't found something that calls to you yet? Idk I could be wrong but thats just how I sort of read it.
My family's heritage is celtic as well, our family originated from Glasgow. I've been a few festivals but usually I find out about them after it happened than when it is going to be. :c
as far as crystals go, all crystals have powers. I guess the easiest way to explain that is Disney's Pocahontas film she says "every creature has a spirit, has a name." The whole idea stems from anything natural and not man-made has some sort of spirit/power to it. Like rose quartz is for love. jade for dreams. etc. But I understand what you meant. ^_^ and usually that's how one finds their place in Neopaganism. I haven't found my exact religion, but I know plenty of Wiccans and if asked why they became wiccan they said "I was just drawn to it. It felt right."
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CharmedMegan Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure, maybe I am spiritualist...I wouldn't rule it out.

Yeah, I get what you mean! c: I have a collection of them but I don't know what type of crystal they are so that's not much use... :no:
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Cookies-n-Scream Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student General Artist
my suggestion would to just look at a few crystal books or sites and see if you can match them. ^_^ if not ohwell. You can make it up on what it is. XD
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