The University of New Brunswick introduces the first university course in engineering in Canada.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is unanimously adopted by the United Nations. This “Magna Carta of Mankind” was drafted by John Peters Humphrey of Hampton.
- Father Édouard-Alfred LeBlanc is appointed Bishop of Saint John, becoming the first Acadian Bishop in the Maritimes.
- In the Montreal Forum, Yvon Durelle, the “Fighting Fisherman” from Baie SteAnne, challenges Archie Moore for the world light-heavyweight title. Moore retains his title in a spectacular battle lasting 11 rounds - “the greatest fight of the century”.
- The 1st Canadian Infantry Division, made up of 7,400 hastily trained soldiers, sails out Britain.
- Emmanuel LeBorgne is appointed Governor and Lieutenant-General of the disputed lands of Acadia.
- The Government of Canada adopts a Royal Proclamation declaring July 28 of every year as A Day of Commemoration for the Great Upheaval (Acadian Deportation of 1755 - 1763).
- Lieutenantcolonel Alexander MacDonald, a veteran soldier of the American Revolution who served in the 76th Regiment MacDonald's Highlanders, dies at Bartibog (MacDonald Farm Provincial Historic Site).
- Moncton breaks out in partisan violence at a speaking engagement by Irish nationalist Lindsay Crawford.
- Edward R. McDonald of Shediac patents the Crossword Game known today
- The Saint John Mechanics Institute building, first home of Abraham Gesner's Museum of Natural History (New Brunswick Museum), is opened on Carleton Street.
- In Dalhousie, Joseph Pierre Richard of River Charlo, becomes the last man to be hanged in the province of New Brunswick, for the murder of fourteen-year-old Katherine De La Perelle.
- Old Government House, designed by BarrackMaster John E. Woolford, is completed in Fredericton, under the supervision of Jedediah Slason and master mason Matthew Lamont.
- The Honourable Abner Reid McClelan, of Riverside, is appointed LieutenantGovernor of New Brunswick. Courtesy of the New Brunswick Heritage
Branch, Wellness, Culture and Sport.
Historically, in the present and well into the future, discriminatory attitudes of all kinds befall many in our world society.
The LGBTQ community citizens fall into this, as they have been bombarded with all sorts of negative encounters that many times results in horrific and hateful crimes that may lead to assaults, death and in many instances suicides.
We may be wise to separate our world inhabitants by how they are educated and if secular and religious upbringing has a negative effect on this on-going problem.
Studies tell us that positive education steers us into a direction that usually results in a more positive attitude towards something that may not be considered the “normal” by others.
Our politicians, educators and religious leaders have the obvious duties to advise us what is acceptable and what must be viewed as hurtful to us.
Examples are bountiful and proof of the end results available.
Politicians and educators have the responsibility to instil in us that everyone is created equal and therefore entitled to be treated as such. This is not necessarily a reality.
In the United States, the Republican Party, which is made up mostly of right wing conservatives, has been extremely vocal about gays and lesbians in an extremely nasty manner.
One front runner, Ben Carson, has been less then kind saying, “Men who go to prison come out and they are gay”.
Lack of knowledge and influence by right-wing evangelical thinking this man just may be the next president, should the Republicans be successful.
President Museveni of Uganda, a Christian leader, signed a new bill called the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill”. President Putin of Russia, an Orthodox, cracks down on gays and lesbians making prison their home.
Pope Francis fired a well-respected Monsignor at the Vatican because he revealed he is gay. Francis toured African nations and declared, “The World looks at Africa as the Continent of hope”.
These countries condemn gays and lesbians because of religious leadership and he completely ignored this tragedy. Gays and lesbians are systematically imprisoned or killed with the blessings of authorities. Religious leaders do not take a positive stand against this tyranny.
That is not to say that all denominations in the Christian church have the same philosophy.
The United Church of Canada promotes LGBTQ equality as do the Quakers and Unitarians. As well, many worshippers who are Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Sikhs and a few other religious organizations support equal rights. Church hierarchies refuse to alter doctrine and beliefs to accommodate gays and lesbians, regardless of the multitude of attacks and killings that take place around the Globe.
As far as positive education is concerned, our schools and universities have programs and groups that are actively involved in raising awareness and recognize diversity. Secular or religious, the difference is that one teaches homophobia and transphobia and one mostly teaches equality for all. Can we not become as one? Happy Holidays. Comments and information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Gerard Veldhoven is a former area resident
and long-time gay rights activist.