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Olympic Torch Ceremony

Does anyone else think that the Olympic torch ceremony protests only give a bad example?

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Catherine- The Olympic commitee is a multi-national organization. They obviously did not all feel that China was underserving of the Summer games.

Our protest there would have little value, I think. If China was a democratic society, where citizens could influence policy, it might. But that is not the case.We have seen that even protest of Chinese citizens does not bring about change in their government. Why should we, group of foreign protestors,think we can do better. The way to influence their policies is privately, through diplomatic negotiations, not public embarrassment.
---Donna66 on 8/15/08


The Olympic Flame from the ancient games was reintroduced during the 1928 Olympic Games. An employee of the Electric Utility of Amsterdam, lit the first Olympic flame in the Marathon Tower of the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam.The modern convention of moving the Olympic Flame via a relay system from Olympia to the Olympic venue began with the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany.
---NVBarbara on 4/18/08


There is a place for everything and everything in its place.Politics make strange bedfellows.Sports is NOT one of them.The cause should be separated from the event .Yet MHO.Vengence should not be eeked at the expence of a few who have earned the right to compete.
---Emcee on 4/16/08


These people believe strongly that is why they are protesting.

If you were quiet all the time you probably wouldn't be heard and no one would care what you stood for.

While I do not promote violence I think the louder you are the more recognition for the cause.

I do believe in the protest, just not how they are all going about it.

No one has even talked about their slave labor, how they treat their women, etc. Only the cause for Tibet.
---Ardith on 4/16/08


I don't mind protests, that's one thing I love about living in the US. However, there is a time and a place for protests to occur. I don't think during an Olympic event, such as the torch ceremony, is an appropriate time. People protesting at these events, IMO, ruins the whole idea of what the Olympics is about, unity.
---Katie on 4/11/08




I would probably join in a peaceful and orderly demonstration supporting the freeing of Tibet, myself.
---Jack on 4/10/08

Me too Jack, it wouldn't be the 1st time that I've been in peaceful demonstrations!
---NVBarbara on 4/10/08


The torch-carrying ceremony was initiated by the Nazi German government right before the 1936 Berlin Olympics in order to give that regime favorable publicity, unfortunately.
---amicusdei on 4/10/08


Oh yes!! I think any time people protest, if it gets ugly or out of hand, it makes the protesters look worse. And America is faaaar from sinless, so we have no room to judge anyone, I don't think. Pray, yes, definitely. But judge other countries? No way, in MHO
---Mary on 4/10/08


Sometimes, I get carried away with words. The Moderator "editted" out the other part of my long text. Here is the text:

We need to PRAY for changes in China. The USA needs prayer just as much as China. GOD knows that we all need prayer.
---sag on 4/10/08


I do not know why we are holding the Olympics in a country who are abusing Christians and their people as a whole. No regard for human rights. Why are we paying China the time of day? Are we like China? We are just as guilty, if we look the otherway at China's sins. Sometimes I wonder what this country is doing, besides spending taxpayers money.
---catherine on 4/10/08




Well, prayer gets us where we need to be. Protests with political pressure and shaming won't get what is really needed.
---Bill_bila5659 on 4/10/08


I would probably join in a peaceful and orderly demonstration supporting the freeing of Tibet, myself.
---Jack on 4/10/08


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