Re: Bad Idea

Subject: Re: Bad Idea
From: David Featherston <dfeather -at- BAAN -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 10:50:19 +0100

Dear Mr. King,

I read your post with interest. I don't agree with your position, however,
because your position of censorship is itself founded in fear and bigotry.
While I do not agree myself with "isms" such as race, sex, age, alien, and
so on, censoring those who have such tendencies is not helpful. It isolates
them, and does not engage or challenge them to reconsider their
position/business practices. Censorship of those who are intolerant of
others is also an intorlerance; repeating a crime while bearing the flag of
some grand principle does not lessen the enormity of the crime.

David Featherston

dwf -at- biobase -dot- dk

-----Original Message-----
From: Maurice King [mailto:benadam -at- CYBERDUDE -dot- COM]
Sent: Monday, March 01, 1999 3:50 PM
Subject: Re: Bad Idea


I think many members of the list missed the point that I was making when I
wrote:

>If a company is interested only in hiring a person >hailing from a certain
geographic location, a certain >gender, a certain ethnic background, or any
other such >criteria that may be less than politically correct,
>that company should recruit via a forum that >sympathizes with their
preferences.

The key words here are "less than politically correct."
If a company plans to discriminate, which is both
illegal and disgusting, TECHWR-L should NOT be the forum
for posting a job opening for such a company.

Also, because this list is frequented by a large number
of North American writers, it's worth noting that not
all countries regard such practices as illegal or even
mildly distasteful. It would be better if the bigots
were easy to identify rather than to subject
unsuspecting candidates to abuse.

I hope my point is clearer now -- and I would hope that others would agree
with me that TECHWR-L should disassociate itself with discriminatory hiring
practices.

- Maury

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