(The Fresno Bee) – Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia in Fresno, Berj Apkarian, is inviting the public to a presentation at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at St. Paul Armenian Church, 3767 N. First St. in Fresno, about a volunteer mission team from the central San Joaquin Valley that traveled to Armenia to help with medical needs in the country. The evening includes refreshments and an exhibition of rugs from Armenia.
By Taniel Koushakjian
On July 23,
2015, Kathryn Tuell, of Kingsburg, CA, penned a ridiculous letter to the editor
that was published in the Fresno Bee entitled Armenians should relax, enjoy being Americans. Her argument is that
Armenian Americans should “relax” when it comes to the premeditated murder of
1.5 million of our ancestors during World War I. To Tuell, Americans voicing their
First Amendment right in the face of genocide denial is simply “another whine.” Fortunately, two Americans of
Armenian descent responded to her misguided reasoning.
Tavlian, of Fresno, CA sheds light on Tuell’s ignorance. “Genocide is
considered man’s greatest inhumanity to man, but ignorance is a man’s greatest
inhumanity to himself. Relaxing isn’t the American way, it is the coward’s,”
Tavlian writes. Tavlian does well to remind Ms. Tuell that human rights and
equal justice under the law are not just Armenian values but American ones as
Krikorian, also of Fresno, CA further illustrates Ms. Tuell’s blind spotted
worldview. “Ms. Tuell also implies that only American history is relevant
because America is our “homeland.” Is world history no longer important? What
would global response be with denial of the Holocaust? After all, it wasn’t on
American soil, either,” Krikorian said.
is, of course, entitled to her opinion. Nevertheless, it’s disappointing that
the Bee would jeopardize their editorial integrity by printing such nonsense
in the first place. Armenians have been in America for many generations and have
contributed greatly to American life and society in various fields and
industries. Armenian American community leaders in Fresno should hold a meeting
with the Bee’s editorial board. No American should be slandered for simply
exercising his/her rights.