Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tolerance v. Intolerance

“Dad, if Dunsmuir is dead meat in the election for governor, why does she continue to gain on you?” Wes asked. "In a nutshell, Son, Juanita Dunsmuir's campaign will crumble because it is founded on, at best, a partial truth and, at worst, a blatant untruth. The virtue of tolerance she so vehemently promotes is no virtue at all."

After a few seconds, Wes asked, "What do you mean?" Daniel's response was strong, even passionate. "The tolerance movement insists that all value systems, worldviews, and truth-claims are equal. Every individual is free to decide what is right for him or her, and no one has the right to say, 'My way is better than yours.' To people like Dunsmuir, tolerance means accepting the values of others. Right and wrong is not the issue. The most important tenet of tolerance is an open mind, because an open mind cannot hate.

"In other words, you can't say to a woman seeking an abortion, 'I believe in your right to privacy, but you are wrong to have an abortion because you are terminating the life of an unborn child.' Neither can you say to a homosexual, 'I respect you and accept you as a person, but your lifestyle is wrong.' That's being intolerant. Instead we're supposed to say, 'I believe in your right to privacy, and it's okay if you choose to terminate the life of your unborn child' (regardless of your belief system). Neither can you say to a homosexual, 'I respect you and accept you as a person, and it's fine if you want live a homosexual lifestyle' (regardless of biblical teachings). “ To the tolerance crowd, everyone has the right to believe and live the way they choose. They do not believe that there are absolute rights and wrongs. It tends to be more about majority opinion, even if the majority is completely wrong."

Daniel's eyes were locked into his son's, as if waiting for Wes to voice his agreement. Wes only offered a slight nod and said, "Yeah, that's what I've heard."

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