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Old 01-18-2008, 06:31 AM
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IS there tolerance for other religions other that the major Religions in arkansas tolerance for say judaism (jewish) or buddist? WHat if you're more spiritual than religious?
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Old 01-18-2008, 07:00 AM
 
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IS there tolerance for other religions other that the major Religions in arkansas tolerance for say judaism (jewish) or buddist? WHat if you're more spiritual than religious?

There have been no lynchings, runnings out of town, or church burnings in Arkansas during my lifetime that I'm aware of. Most people could care less what religion a person might practice or don't practice. The bible thumpers might try to convert buddhists or hindus but they'll leave jews alone because most of them feel the jewish to be an integral part of the end times prophecy and thus they are both working towards very similar goals. All anyone would have to say is, "leave me alone," and they'll go on their merry way. I used to be one of those people going out to "spread the word" (a long time ago in a life far away ) and we never harassed anyone for not wanting to convert on the spot.

Come on, this is 21st century America! The idiots have been pushed to the margins everywhere. They still exist, but they still exist EVERYWHERE! I encountered more racism and more intolerance in Maryland than I've ever seen here in Arkansas. In fact, the only religious intolerance in Arkansas that I can think of off hand is the painting of pentagrams on christian churches by some teen age idiots. That usually seems to happen every few years here and there.
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:09 AM
 
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Um, it actually depends upon where you're located in AR. I've had the misfortunte to be in some very intolerant cities/towns. I used to see people running around in white sheets for the KKK rallies/demonstrations being held at the town courthouse (they weren't all from out-of-town), and we actually did have a number of burning crosses set on people's lawns (non-KKK related and set by adults, not juvenile delinquents).
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:13 AM
 
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Um, it actually depends upon where you're located in AR. I've had the misfortunte to be in some very intolerant cities/towns. I used to see people running around in white sheets for the KKK rallies/demonstrations being held at the town courthouse (they weren't all from out-of-town), and we actually did have a number of burning crosses set on people's lawns (non-KKK related and set by adults, not juvenile delinquents).

I grew up near Harrison...about 10 miles from Tom Robb's house (you know..the grand dragon) NEVER saw them EVER!
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:26 AM
 
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I grew up near Harrison...about 10 miles from Tom Robb's house (you know..the grand dragon) NEVER saw them EVER!
That's great for Harrison--They were probably all down in my lovely ole' town.

On a more serious note, as is likely with most states, there are going to be cities that are more/less tolerant. You cannot really describe the entire state as a safe-haven for those a bit more diverse than the typical ole' white guy. You could see people flying their confederate flags and getting into ... I'll just say "heated arguments" to be nice with individuals of the non-preferred race, religion, gender, etc., in several places I spent time in. This was on a daily basis. However, there are other places within the state that are considerably more tolerant for those different than themselves. Oh, wait. That doesn't necessarily count either because there are unfortunately people in the "better" places as well making life hell for others. Usually not to such an extreme degree, but if you think everyone & everything is peachy keen except for the occasional rambunctious teen, then you've got your head stuck in the ground or you stumbled upon a mecca. So, enjoy it while realizing that not everyone's experience is the same.
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:44 AM
 
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That's great for Harrison--They were probably all down in my lovely ole' town.

On a more serious note, as is likely with most states, there are going to be cities that are more/less tolerant. You cannot really describe the entire state as a safe-haven for those a bit more diverse than the typical ole' white guy. You could see people flying their confederate flags and getting into ... I'll just say "heated arguments" to be nice with individuals of the non-preferred race, religion, gender, etc., in several places I spent time in. This was on a daily basis. However, there are other places within the state that are considerably more tolerant for those different than themselves. Oh, wait. That doesn't necessarily count either because there are unfortunately people in the "better" places as well making life hell for others. Usually not to such an extreme degree, but if you think everyone & everything is peachy keen except for the occasional rambunctious teen, then you've got your head stuck in the ground or you stumbled upon a mecca. So, enjoy it while realizing that not everyone's experience is the same.
I hate to think that I was trying to describe Arkansas as a mecca for tolerance. I did say there were idiots here but they are everywhere. As an aggregate whole it's not wildy less tolerant than most of the rest the US. As I said, I experienced more overt racism and intolerance in the supposedly educated east that I've ever seen here. In the past few years, the Baltimore-DC area saw several churches burned and several others, a jewish synagogue included, defaced with racial and anti-semitic symols. I saw muslim kids in a park be called "animals" by a white guy. That's my experiences in a place that likes to think of itself as diverse and tolerant. Honestly, I've never seen or experienced the like of that here in Arkansas. Perhaps you're a bit older than me and have had occassion to see more. All I can do is comment on my experiences. And, while not perfect, I find Arkansas to be a good deal more civil than the east coast.

And yes, this a sore topic for me because I've seen a bigot or two right here on CD spouting garbage solely to deter individuals from moving here. I do my best to give an honest appraisal of the current situation but I will err of the side of encouragement because we DO need to put our best foot forward and move beyond our poor image. I find it to be highly outdated.
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:55 AM
 
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I find the more urbanized areas of Arkansas to be the most accepting of diversity. In Little Rock, for example, there's one synagogue, one Reform temple, a Unitarian Universalist church, and the Buddhist Ecumenical Society, along with many other groups and organizations. Fayetteville is also fairly diverse in this sense.

Of course, as with most other states, the rural areas and suburbs are less diverse in terms of faith. But I've never known anywhere outside of portions of North Central Arkansas to be less than tolerant.
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Old 01-18-2008, 09:12 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Paramour, I'm going to call you and raise you on this one - where is it you are at so that we might all be acquainted with this bastion of inequality and racism?

Sorry - I have lived in this state and Mississippi for 50 years and have yet to see a white sheet anywhere. Not saying it doesn't exist, I just need to know where so I can keep my molly-tail out of that town/city/county.
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Old 01-18-2008, 09:58 AM
 
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In rural Arkansas they would probably say-"whatsa Bhuddist?" "Canya eat it?" "Go Hogs!"
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Old 01-18-2008, 10:00 AM
 
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In rural Arkansas they would probably say-"whatsa Bhuddist?" "Canya eat it?" "Go Hogs!"
LMAO Dan!!! Good one! Thanks for the humor injection!
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