Case in point is the Rev. Hannah Petrie's letter to the Pasadena Weekly (below) which advocates for even more "inclusionary housing" in Pasadena on the basis of "diversity." Rev. Petrie is a minister at the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena.
Her letter below show's no awareness, let alone repentance, for the consequences from socializing our housing finance system for affordable housing all on the basis of "diversity."
Anthropologist Peter Wood in his book Diversity: The Invention of a Concept (2002) defines diversity in two ways: 1) conventionally as a "condition of having differences;" and 2) as an ideological or religious cult. The Diversity Cult believes that diversity can only result in harmony, happiness, and wealth. To diveriscrats there is only an upside to diversity. There is no downside to diversity; no negative unintended consequences, and no harm. Only good can come out of diversity. Only motivations, not results, count to diversicrats.
Forget that the plausible source of gang murders in Pasadena has been "Sock on Mexican" crimes brought about due to diversity. Forget the recent race-based rioting in the Chino Prison because of unthinking diversity policies. Forget that the consequences of "block busting" and school busing in Pasadena has been stratified private/public school systems. Forget that sociologist Robert Putnam's classic study of diversity ("Bowling Alone") found that "people living in ethnically diverse settings appear to 'hunker down' - that is, to pull in like a turtle.'" Forget all that. Diversity can only bring good to everyone. The Diversity Cult is a cult of happy talk.
And there is an economic component to the Diversity Cult - they believe that diversity will create wealth for all (even though it resulted in the opposite). Diversity is the theology which is used to justify the incorporation of diversity into social policy in the form of "inclusionary housing" in Pasadena's Housing Element. Diversity breeds envy and resentment so "affordable housing" no longer is defined as "public housing" but luxury housing in downtown condos with pools, gyms, and other amenities.
Diversity is a mass delusion that won't even acknowledge its massive failures. Everywhere you look diversity is a failure. And everywhere you look you find what is called cognitive dissonance - which is a form of denial whereby your deluded belief gets only stronger when presented with contrary evidence.
There are cults such as the Flying Saucer Cult that is full of wackos. But they are harmless. The Tea Party Cult is accused by those on the political left of being wackos and violent extremists. But every anti-tax Tea Party held across the country has been non-violent. A recent huge Tea Party rally against the nationalization of health care in Washington D.C. resulted in no violence and the protesters left the rally area clean and without any litter. But the political Left and the Diversity Cultists continue to demonize the Tea Party members as the source of our health and wealth problems.
Does diversity work in nature? Can you put ants and spiders together in the same colony?Diversity is never having to say your sorry about the consequences. But diversity social and housing policies continue unquestioned and is espoused with imperious self-righteousness by its proponents. Diversity has already brought about the collapse of our financial system. What other calamities will diversity bring in the future? And will anyone ever own up in the Diversity Cult?
LETTER BY REV. HANNAH PETRIE EXCERPTED FROM PASADENA WEEKLY (BELOW)
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One of the many distinguishing features of Pasadena that residents are proudest of is its diversity. We are a city of varying socioeconomic backgrounds. Historically, the city has helped maintain this diversity by ensuring that there are a variety of affordable housing options. In the last decade, however, we have seen an exodus of our diversity, due primarily to a steady loss of our affordable housing stock. If the city wants to maintain its diversity, greater measures need to be taken to establish housing policies toward this end.
Many of your readers may be unaware of the Housing Element process. About every five to 10 years, the city is required to update its Housing Element, a document of housing policies and programs that the state Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) must approve. We want to bring to your readers’ attention that the current round of this process is nearing completion.
Unfortunately, it can’t be completed too soon, because we are currently risking the loss of great opportunities: without the Housing Element, the city is not eligible to apply for a variety of stimulus programs that would subsidize affordable housing initiatives, most notably those monies offered by TARP.
The city has sent a draft of the Housing Element to HCD, which has responded with a letter outlining various changes necessary to comply with state requirements. Among them, HCD recommends that Pasadena comprehensively and accurately describe the need of extremely low-income households. The best way that this could be done is to conduct an overdue demographic survey that assesses local housing trends and housing related conditions. The survey should pay special attention to the shifts in ethnic diversity, as well as foreclosure and homeless population trends. The challenges that come with this difficult economic time present a great opportunity for the city to accurately identify its housing needs and move in new directions.
It’s essential that the public continue to be involved in this process. The city welcomes our input and we, the public, must take advantage of these forums. The city develops good public input habits when the public participates and promotes greater transparency and inclusion.
Lend your voice to shaping the following proposed policies:
• Given the fact that Pasadena has 20,000 low- and moderate-income households that are in need of housing, 20 percent of the city’s existing and future housing stock shall be made affordable to these households, with priority given to those income levels in which the city is most out of sync with its regional housing needs.
• One-for-one replacement of units housing moderate-, low-, very low- and extremely low-income households.
• No more than 10 percent of the city’s discretionary housing funds spent on for-sale units.
We are currently waiting for the schedule of the final round of public meetings regarding the Housing Element. We hope the city understands the urgency in expediting the completion of this process, without sacrificing the need for meaningful public participation, so we can fully take advantage of the stimulus funds that we would be foolish to pass up.
~HANNAH PETRIE, PASADENA
AFFORDABLE HOUSING GROUP