Impartial- not prejudiced towards or against any particular side or party; fair; unbiased.
Bigot- A bigot is a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices, especially one exhibiting intolerance, irrationality,and animosity toward those of differing beliefs. The predominant usage in modern American English refers to persons hostile to those of differing race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation and religion.
There's no doubt that the building of the mosque around the site of the WTC is going to stir up emotions for many. The whole 9/11 topic strikes a personal chord with many here on FFN and other emergency service related sites.
What I do wonder as I wade through and read many of the responses to the various topics though, is how impartial some responders are.
If I was to go by some of the responses, then I must beleive that if you're a practising Muslim, then you're a terrorist.
I wonder how some would respond to a call for assistance, only to discover that the victim was a Muslim or of Middle Eastern nationallity? Or perhaps if the reported structure fire was a mosque?
Would we be impartial and simply do our job or will our emotions get in the way and cloud our judgement?
We need to be careful that we remain impartial when dealing with the public- every person who calls for assistance is simply that- a person who needs assistance, regardless of gender, race, religion, colour, etc.
Bigotry can be shown in many ways- we need to keep those emotions in check and treat everyone fairly and with impartiallity when responding.
Let's not get caught in the...
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