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  • the r-word: Spread the word to end the word - everyone please read

    http://www.r-word.org/

    This is a website to eradicate the use of words like "retard" being used as an insult, because it is very insulting to people who have intellectual disabilities and their families to use it like that.

    The mods have already been taking action against the use of these words like that, e.g. warnings, infractions, so users here should already know that it's not acceptable. And just recently the mods have been discussing using a harsher infraction for the r-word and similar than the regular name calling infraction.

    We will continue to infract anyone who uses this word in that way, or other words that are insulting to people with disabilities.

    Please support the above site by visiting it, and by stopping using words like this (if you use them), and by telling others not to use them.

    Please note, this is not limited to vocabulary related to intellectual disability, it's related to any kind of disability, and also to mental health. E.g. saying to someone "you should be on medication" because you disagree with something they say, would come under this infraction. Anything used as an insult that relates to a disability, medical condition or mental health problem basically.
    Last edited by dhak1yya; 15-05-10, 09:42 PM.
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    Re: the r-word: Spread the word to end the word - everyone please read

    I think what you Mods are doing is good. Keep on enjoining good 'n' forbidding evil!
    وَاقْصِدْ فِي مَشْيِكَ وَاغْضُضْ مِن صَوْتِكَ ۚ إِنَّ أَنكَرَ الْأَصْوَاتِ لَصَوْتُ الْحَمِيرِ - 31:19

    And be moderate in your pace and lower your voice; indeed, the most disagreeable of sounds is the voice of donkeys."


    أَلَمْ تَرَوْا أَنَّ اللَّهَ سَخَّرَ لَكُم مَّا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَأَسْبَغَ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعَمَهُ ظَاهِرَةً وَبَاطِنَةً ۗ وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يُجَادِلُ فِي اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَلَا هُدًى وَلَا كِتَابٍ مُّنِيرٍ - 31:20

    Do you not see that Allah has made subject to you whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth and amply bestowed upon you His favors, [both] apparent and unapparent? But of the people is he who disputes about Allah without knowledge or guidance or an enlightening Book [from Him].


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    • #3
      Re: the r-word: Spread the word to end the word - everyone please read

      Originally posted by LailaTheMuslim View Post
      I think what you Mods are doing is good. Keep on enjoining good 'n' forbidding evil!

      thanks sis :)
      Last edited by dhak1yya; 15-05-10, 09:53 PM.
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        Re: the r-word: Spread the word to end the word - everyone please read

        Subhanallah!
        “Man is the only critter who feels the need to label things as flowers or weeds.”



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          Re: the r-word: Spread the word to end the word - everyone please read

          :up:
          مَّن ذَا الَّذِي يُقْرِضُ اللّهَ قَرْضًا حَسَنًا فَيُضَاعِفَهُ لَهُ أَضْعَافًا كَثِيرَةً وَاللّهُ يَقْبِضُ وَيَبْسُطُ وَإِلَيْهِ تُرْجَعُونَ

          "Who is he that will loan to Allah a beautiful loan, which Allah will double unto his credit and multiply many times?
          It is Allah that giveth (you) Want or plenty, and to Him shall be your return."
          Surah al-Baqarah
          [2:245]

          .:.
          .:. Perfer et Obdura : Dolor Hic Tibi Proderit Olim .:.
          Be patient and strong : someday this pain will be useful to you

          .:.
          ...said the spider to the fly...

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          • #6
            Re: the r-word: Spread the word to end the word - everyone please read

            what about saying are you crazy? If this is being censored as well then you guys are going too far.

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            • #7
              Re: the r-word: Spread the word to end the word - everyone please read

              It's silly PC at the forum. No wonder why the quality of posts have dwindled over the years in the forum.

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              • #8
                Re: the r-word: Spread the word to end the word - everyone please read

                It's not going too far, because using words that mean mentally handicapped, or relate to other medical problems as insults is offensive to people who have those problems and their families. If you want to call someone stupid, call them stupid, don't use a word that means "mentally handicapped" - have some respect for people with handicaps, the whole mentality of using their conditions to insult others is sick, and if you can't see how it is, then what can I say?
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                  Re: the r-word: Spread the word to end the word - everyone please read

                  Originally posted by dhakiyya View Post
                  It's not going too far, because using words that mean mentally handicapped, or relate to other medical problems as insults is offensive to people who have those problems and their families. If you want to call someone stupid, call them stupid, don't use a word that means "mentally handicapped" - have some respect for people with handicaps, the whole mentality of using their conditions to insult others is sick, and if you can't see how it is, then what can I say?
                  I kinda think you missed his point.

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                  • #10
                    Re: the r-word: Spread the word to end the word - everyone please read

                    Originally posted by bro chat View Post
                    I kinda think you missed his point.
                    I kind of think YOU missed the point.

                    If you call someone a retard, who do you WANT to hurt? You want to hurt the one you said it to. Who do you ACTUALLY hurt? You actually hurt people who have mental handicaps and their families. That is the point.
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                    • #11
                      Re: the r-word: Spread the word to end the word - everyone please read

                      Originally posted by dhakiyya View Post
                      I kind of think YOU missed the point.

                      If you call someone a retard, who do you WANT to hurt? You want to hurt the one you said it to. Who do you ACTUALLY hurt? You actually hurt people who have mental handicaps and their families. That is the point.
                      sorry, I wasn't referencing calling anyone names at all.

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                      • #12
                        Re: the r-word: Spread the word to end the word - everyone please read

                        Originally posted by dhakiyya View Post
                        It's not going too far, because using words that mean mentally handicapped, or relate to other medical problems as insults is offensive to people who have those problems and their families. If you want to call someone stupid, call them stupid, don't use a word that means "mentally handicapped" - have some respect for people with handicaps, the whole mentality of using their conditions to insult others is sick, and if you can't see how it is, then what can I say?
                        May Allah reward you for realising this, i for one am eternally thankful.

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                        • #13
                          Re: the r-word: Spread the word to end the word - everyone please read

                          Yes,I believe that what you are saying Sister is true.

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                            Re: the r-word: Spread the word to end the word - everyone please read

                            Originally posted by dhakiyya View Post
                            It's not going too far, because using words that mean mentally handicapped, or relate to other medical problems as insults is offensive to people who have those problems and their families. If you want to call someone stupid, call them stupid, don't use a word that means "mentally handicapped" - have some respect for people with handicaps, the whole mentality of using their conditions to insult others is sick, and if you can't see how it is, then what can I say?
                            I have a sister who suffers from cerebral palsy. The word "retarded" by itself doesn't carry the same connotations as "medically retarded" or "mentally retarded."

                            The word crazy is a good example. It could be used in a hyperbole, as in "you are crazy", or it could refer to someone's actual mental state of mind ("he is crazy"). Are you going to ensure that word is not used either? If not, why not?

                            If you really care about the mentally disabled community, do your part in helping volunteer in hospital/school activities rather than enforce a silly PC rule which benefits no one.

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                              Re: the r-word: Spread the word to end the word - everyone please read

                              Originally posted by Marwan View Post
                              I have a sister who suffers from cerebral palsy. The word "retarded" by itself doesn't carry the same connotations as "medically retarded" or "mentally retarded."

                              The word crazy is a good example. It could be used in a hyperbole, as in "you are crazy", or it could refer to someone's actual mental state of mind ("he is crazy"). Are you going to ensure that word is not used either? If not, why not?

                              If you really care about the mentally disabled community, do your part in helping volunteer in hospital/school activities rather than enforce a silly PC rule which benefits no one.
                              how do you know I don't do that kind of thing already?

                              The site I linked to in my first post on this thread comes mentally handicapped people and their families and the campaign to stop using this word as an insult is backed by them. It's not some silly rule - that word causes a huge amount of hurt.
                              Last edited by dhak1yya; 07-06-10, 06:52 PM.
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