The municipal council of the university town of Tübingen unanimously passed a resolution on July 2nd, 2020, which deals with the values for which Tübingen stands. The resolution says that the city is a cosmopolitan and tolerant city, where people of many nationalities, cultures and religions are at home. “Together we stand for an open urban society that is based on humanity, tolerance, democracy, cultural diversity and solidarity”, emphasize the municipal councils. The statement continues, declaring that “We firmly reject misanthropy, racism and anti-Semitism. There is no understanding and no justification for them. ”
The city needs debate and different opinions, but differences in opinion should not result in enmity and hatred. Debate can only be carried out with respect. Disparagement, insults and a violent language should not be tolerated. The local council strongly advocates that inhumane ideologies should not become socially acceptable.
This must be done by supporting alliances and initiatives that fight extremism, xenophobia and racism. Examples include TAKT (Tübingen active against discrimination) and adis e.V. “We face the debate on the responsibility of each individual for democracy and social cohesion”, the resolution concludes.
The full text is available in German at: www.tuebingen.de/gemeinderat/vo0050.php?__kvonr=14969
Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 14.07.2020