Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Matter of Tolerance

Some thoughts, gentle readers, on the pressing virtue of the moment, tolerance. Namely, why is it professed with such reverence by some and then so forcibly denied to those with whom they disagree? Do I sense a certain disingenuous rhetoric issuing forth from the mouths of those who proclaim "acceptance for all"?

Maybe by "all" they really mean "us."

Just a thought.

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  1. Could you provide some anecdotes for your accusation? Examples?

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  2. @IronDog:
    Public school systems purport to be tolerant and accepting of all views and lifestyles, but they punish students who stand up for views that teachers and administrators oppose. This works both for and against the views that the blog author stands for depending on the region.

    To tolerate a thing means to allow someone else to do what one holds to be annoying or evil. Tolerance of all systems of belief and lifestyles is an impossibility. For instance, it is impossible to be a Christan and allow someone to murder someone else if you can prevent it, regardless of the murderers conviction that it's OK. There is no way for logically and practically conflicting worldviews and moral codes to co-exist in active society in the same way they can sit side by side on a piece of paper.

    I believe the author is implying that "tolerance" has been misused and misconstrued. Essentially tolerance now means "I want to do things that conflict with your moral code. I don't care how much it offends you; I demand that you allow me to do them. Also, since your view conflicts with mine I refuse to be tolerant of it. In fact if you're intolerant of my actions, I'll say or do something to make sure that your view is squashed! You intolerant bigot!"

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  3. They punish students who stand up for views that teachers and administrators oppose???? Where the heck are you living? I am a school administrator, and that just is not true. And the few anecdotes that you might find are that, just anecdotes. I think you all, or the blog author, are just upset that your/their radical right wing views are just not mainstream and that the more reasonable and educated of us are free to find our own ways in this world unobstructed by theocratic wannabes.

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  4. One example that always interested me was a story I heard about two years ago of a few college kids who were trying to prove a political-correctness point by starting a "white-pride" student group. Nothing hateful or anything, just a celebration of white culture. There are many African American, Hispanic Pride, etc... type groups on every campus. This group though was shut down immediately and the students had to fight to stay in school. Again, where was the "tolerance." We associate evil with "white-pride" and we applaud "black-pride" and other races being proud of their heritage.

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  5. And you really thing these goobers were victimized. White pride has such a nasty connotation, obviously different from black or hispanic experiences. Having said that, as a matter of 1st amendment they should have been permitted to do that.

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  6. I think the systematic targeting of those who support Proposition 8 in California is an excellent example of the tolerance double standard.

    Anniebird

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  7. Targeting, how? How were these folks targeted in Prop 8. Give me examples. I can tell you here in TExas taht us non-believers are "targeted" as well by your co-religionists.

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  8. I was thinking of this particular episode, and also remembering the story of a theater director who was forced to resign after it was discovered that he too had donated to support prop 8:

    http://laist.com/2008/11/12/el_coyote_restaurant_prop_8_lunch_h.php

    Somewhere on the internets, there is also some rather disturbing footage of an angry anti-prop 8 mob ripping an older woman's sign away from her and physically intimidating her. All of this, apparently, is justified because people who don't agree to marriage for gays are so wrong that their view needn't be tolerated.

    Anniebird

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  9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcKJEHrvwDI&feature=related

    I found the youtube video of the anti-prop 8 thugs harassing an elderly lady; I forgot it wasn't a sign they took from her, but a CROSS which they stomped upon after they swarmed her.

    Anniebird

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