Dublin officials have simple advice for those treating individuals differently based on religion or ethnicity: Don't do it.

That ideal was made official with Dublin City Council's approval April 24 of a resolution combatting intolerance, negative stereotyping and discrimination based on religion, belief or ethnicity.

City Manager Dana McDaniel said the resolution was motivated in part by community input.

Last fall, a community member asked council to consider making a statement against Islamophobia.

"That was part of it, certainly," McDaniel said.

McDaniel said the city was also influenced by Sunday Supper, an event designed by Dublin Coffman High School seniors to focus on diversity and coincide with the city's February celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Varun Madan, a Coffman senior and one of the students who implemented Sunday Supper, said council's resolution is a step in embracing diversity and eliminating stereotypes.

"We cannot discriminate based on race, ethnicity, etc.; these things do not predispose or determine the character of a human being," Madan said.

"While the resolution is merely on paper, it can truly inspire our community to come together with events such as Sunday Supper."

A more recent community event also informed council's decision to spotlight diversity in an official resolution.

McDaniel said a community meeting between city staff and Dublin's Indian community also empowered council to make the resolution on treating everyone fairly.

"It's a statement of encouragement," he said.

City staff members met April 13 for roundtable discussions with members of the Indian Community in the Dublin Community Recreation Center.

The meeting was requested by Dublin residents in part by a viral online video recorded last year that many saw as derogatory in nature to members of the Indian community in particular.

Vineet Goel, who attended the meeting representing a local chapter of national nonprofit organization Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, said he found the discussion to be very interactive.

He said he was glad to hear Dublin passed a resolution combatting intolerance.

The resolution encourages residents to speak against intolerance of religion or ethnicity and anything that incites discrimination, hostility or violence and states that respectful debate of ideas can help combat such intolerance.

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