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Equality is for Everyone

 

About CHE

The Center for Human Equality (CHE) was founded by Rabbi Russell McAlmond for the purpose of promoting equality for every individual. The Center does not make distinctions about which individuals deserve equality but promotes it for everyone. We believe that every individual is unique and is defined by this uniqueness. We believe that people should be judged as individuals, not groups. We believe that individual character is the only basis that human beings should be judged on. We exist for the purpose of promoting unity, understanding and equality for all individuals. We are also opposed to group judgments of any kind or for any reason.   

 

The Center strongly supports the position taken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that individuals should be judged by their character, not their skin color. Character is an individual trait, not a group one. Dr. King desired that all people be considered brothers/sisters and felt that we are all mutually dependent on each other. He also believed in nonviolence to achieve any political or human rights goal. According to Dr. King, “Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” We agree with the idea that hate only causes more hate which is the reason we promote love and respect for every human being. 

 

Dr. King’s position also rejects group judgments because of the great harm that is created by grouping people and assigning values to them. The Holocaust was caused by the Nazis assigning negative values to Jews and considering them not only evil, but subhuman. This denied the individuality of each Jew and led to their dehumanization. If there is any event in human history that demonstrates clearly the harm that grouping people and assigning values to the group does, it is the Holocaust. The phrase of “Never Again” should be understood that we would never judge any group of individuals by their group identity alone.  

 

There are many ways of grouping people and discrimination may take many different forms. History has proven that we can be very creative in how we demonize each other by group. We are opposed to all forms of discrimination and judgment by group identity for whatever reason. We are opposed to any human being defined only by a group identity. We believe that every human being deserves the right to be treated as the wonderful and unique individual they are. Only by respecting this uniqueness and judging each person by their character may we ever get past the history of racism, sexism, antisemitism and other harmful group judgments.

 

We hope that you will support the Center for Human Equality and help us to promote a better human relational philosophy for all of us. Improving human relations, especially after the 20th Century, is a critically important endeavor for all people who truly desire peace and understanding. We can create a better world for all of us. 

 

Contact

Center for Human Equality

Rabbi Russell McAlmond

741 NW 4th St

Grants Pass, OR 97526

Email rabbimcalmond@gmail.com

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