Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Texas Holocaust and Genocides Bill Signed

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Texas Holocaust and Genocides Bill Signed
Susan, Mary Lee, Cynthia and Elly share this good news:

We are happy to report that on June 19, 2009, Governor Perry signed SB 482, which creates the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. The legislation takes effect on September 1, 2009; information about the legislation can be found at
http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Actions.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill=SB482.

Thanks to each of you who wrote to your legislator, testified at the hearings, and contacted other individuals and groups to raise awareness about the need for this commission. Together, we have ensured that future generations learn about the Holocaust and other genocides. We especially wish to express our deep appreciation to the bill’s sponsors in the Texas legislature who guided us through the process and showed their commitment to the education and commemoration of these events.

With warm regards,
Susan, Mary Lee and Cynthia
Cynthia Capers, Associate Director of Education, Holocaust Museum Houston
Elliott Dlin– Executive Director, Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education & Tolerance
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III ANNUAL REFLECTIONS ON HOLOCAUST & GENOCIDES
SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2010 - 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

From Mike Ghouse,

Signing of the Senate Bill 482 is indeed a good step in the right direction.

I will be calling on a meeting in mid to late July to plan on the 3rd Annual reflections on Holocaust and Genocides to be held on Sunday, January 24, 2010. We would certainly want to invite the Governor and the Senators who have made this possible. I will prepare a letter of appreciation and together we can sign and send to the Governor and the Senators.

As individuals and organizations, we want to invite every one to do their share in preventing the atrocities against other humans.

Pictures from the last two events are at: http://www.holocaustandgenocides.com/
An initiative of World Muslim Congress and the foundation for Pluralism.

Silent no more, speak up.

Feel free to send an email to: holocaustandgenocides@gmail.com

Mike Ghouse
Event Chair
III Annual Reflections on Holocaust and Genocides
www.HolocaustandGenocides.com

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4 comments:

  1. The honorable president Ahmadenijad has repeatedl said that the holocaust is a myth. Are you willing to travel to Iran and tell him that he is wrong?

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  2. Farm Lady,
    Muslims have already said that to Ahamadenijad;

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/letters/stories/DN-3ponpoints_0122edi.ART.State.Edition1.3e68322.html
    Letters on Points
    10:24 AM CST on Sunday, January 22, 2006

    Muslim on the Holocaust

    Re: "The new deniers – Muslim leaders are calling the Holocaust a Western myth, says Lee Harris, and it's catching on," Jan. 15 Points.

    The utterances of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Mohammed Mahdi Akef, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest opposition party in Egypt, perhaps do not reflect even their own constituents, let alone Muslims. Muslims do not subscribe to such nonsense, for it is the duty of a Muslim to stand up for a just world.

    I grew up in a Muslim family and read about the Holocaust. My devout Muslim mother took away the book, telling me to read when I can understand the suffering.

    Thanks to her, I am one of the volunteers in organizing Holocaust Memorial Day on Jan. 26. To save a life is saving the whole of humanity. Holy Torah and Holy Quran say it, and Hinduism talks about the whole world as one family. All faiths teach the same goodness. I recently visited the Holocaust Museum and would urge every disbeliever to visit and understand it.

    My mom would be pleased to know I am doing what it takes to be a "good Muslim," to respect every life God created.

    Mike Ghouse, Carrollton

    Many of the comments did not make it to the paper....although they should have been, I am posting a few

    No fair minded Muslim can or will or should support the hateful remarks spewing out of Iran's leader. It is this type of rhetoric that can ultimately cause massive sufferings and pain in humans around the world. To deny the genocide of Jews by Hitler is vicious, hateful, wrong, and irresponsible. This kind of hate should be condemned and stopped. The world is better off without it.

    -zulfi ahmed
    plano/TX

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    Your piece "Muslim leaders are calling the Holocaust a Western myth" is a rather grotesque generalization, taking words from a rather eccentric conservative cleric leader to apply them to a broad swath of intelligent and reflective Muslims across the globe. This were as if I were to take the recent words of the Pat Robertson about Sharon and apply them to all Christian leaders. I am sure you would have something to say about that. Same holds for your generalization Mr. Harris. You may have to eat crow just as did Mr. Robertson - bon appetite !

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  3. When would commission be created for the holocaust and genocides that's taking place in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kashmir, etc. Or commissions are created only on selective basis?

    Bint Waleed

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  4. Genocide as defined by the United Nations in 1948 means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, including: (a) killing members of the group (b) causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group (c) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part (d) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group (e) forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

    Recent to Past Occurrences and # of Deaths

    * Bosnia-Herzegovina: 1992-1995 - 200,000
    * Rwanda: 1994 - 800,000
    * Pol Pot,Cambodia: 1975-1979 - 2,000,000
    * Nazi Holocaust: 1938-1945 - 6,000,000
    * Rape of Nanking: 1937-1938 - 300,000
    * Stalin's Forced Famine: 1932-1933 - 7,000,000
    * Armenians in Turkey: 1915-1918 - 1,500,000

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