Thursday, July 27, 2006

Can't We All Just Get Along?

So although I've been continuing my light summer blogging schedule, I've got a couple good topics in mind that I hope to post up here in the next week or so. In the interim, I just happened to catch a press release that didnt' pop up in any stories that I saw today.

Apparently, the Governor today appointed Judge Abner Mikva to head the Human Rights Commission to replace outgoing Chair J.B. Pritzker.

Now I have nothing but admiration for Judge Mikva, and think that he is a fine choice for appointment to most any position, but I can't help but think that this announcement will inevitably rekindle discussion about the whole controversy regarding Sister Claudette Marie Muhammad and the Governor’s Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes. Granted, one has nothing to do with the other, but it's a relatively short line from one to the other.

It is difficult to think that the administration would not anticipate this linkage. But on the other hand, maybe they figure that it's better than the press that they've been getting lately.


At July 27, 2006 at 11:15 AM, Blogger John Ruberry said...

At the Jewish Folk Festival that took place near my home two months ago, there was a petition drive to dump Sister Claudette.

Look for Judy to hammer Blago on Farrakhan's gal in the closing weeks of the campaign

At July 27, 2006 at 1:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet another clueless move on the part of this administration. It will be amusing to watch them walk the tightrope between black community and the Jewish community.

At July 27, 2006 at 4:41 PM, Blogger Dave Chicago said...

Why is it clueless to put a man of unquestioned integrity in charge of the Illinois agency responsible for helping victims of discrimination get justice? Frankly, it was pretty surprising that they didn't put Rod next to Mikva at a press conference.

At July 27, 2006 at 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be more surprising if Mikva would be willing to stand next to the Governor.

At July 28, 2006 at 8:03 AM, Blogger Bill Baar said...

Mikva will do good where ever he goes.

With regard to Equality for all

We learn early on in the school yard that good did not create us all equal. There is always someone stronger or smarter or prettier or more popular.

There is little we can do about it.

I wish instead this slogan was instean ...with liberty and justice for all.

Insuring that is well within our human hands and I'd argue we're obligated to insure both to everyone regardless what other attributes the creator endowed us with.

That rings true to me. Equality for all just seems out of our hands.


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