PRINTER'S NO. 1327

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA


SENATE RESOLUTION

No. 188 Session of 2003


        INTRODUCED BY THOMPSON, DECEMBER 17, 2003

        INTRODUCED AND ADOPTED, DECEMBER 17, 2003

                                  A RESOLUTION

     1  Commemorating the Pontian Genocide of 1915-1923.

     2     WHEREAS, This Commonwealth is home to many ethnic communities
     3  whose members have benefited from the freedom and democracy upon
     4  which our nation was founded; and
     5     WHEREAS, Ongoing issues of bigotry, hatred and intolerance
     6  have led to terrorism and atrocities in the United States and
     7  worldwide; and
     8     WHEREAS, It is important to look at history to learn valuable
     9  lessons from which our society and others can benefit; and
    10     WHEREAS, In what is considered to be the first mass genocide
    11  of the 20th century, 353,000 Greeks, Armenians and Assyrians
    12  living in Pontus were killed or displaced by the Ottoman Turks
    13  during the period 1915 through 1923;and
    14     WHEREAS, We solemnly recognize and remember the victims of
    15  this devastation in the hope that those memories bolster our
    16  collective conscience and that of people throughout the world;
    17  and

     1     WHEREAS, It is fitting to emphasize the importance of all
     2  civilized nations remaining vigilant against tyranny to ensure
     3  that such atrocities will never again be committed or accepted;
     4  and
     5     WHEREAS, It is believed by many the acknowledgment and
     6  awareness of this shameful event will help prevent such crimes
     7  from being repeated; and
     8     WHEREAS, It is important to instill in all mankind,
     9  particularly our youth, a universal respect for other cultures,
    10  races, religions and viewpoints; therefore be it
    11     RESOLVED, That the Senate share in the solemn commemoration
    12  of the Pontian Genocide of 1915-1923 and join with the Greek-
    13  American community, and its many religious and philanthropic
    14  organizations, to honor the sacrifices of those who died or
    15  suffered during this terrible period in history.










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