I recently read an interesting article. It is rather conservative, just as a warning.
Anyways, I just think it brought up a lot of good points. How many times, nowadays, is the word "intolerance" thrown at a person in an intolerant manner?
Ronald Reagan had a great quote: “The frustrating thing is that those who are attacking religion claim they are doing it in the name of tolerance, freedom and open-mindedness. Question: Isn’t the real truth that they are intolerant of religion? They refuse to tolerate its importance in our lives.”
Another noteable quote from the article is: "This is what the practice of intolerance in the name of tolerance produces: a hatred and intolerance toward those who simply disagree with a liberal position. Whatever happened to true tolerance -- one where we agree to disagree with those who have an opposing view? True tolerance means coexisting with those whom you may disagree."
I feel like nowadays words like "intolerant" and "ignorant" are thrown around too easily. I believe that "intolerant" is usually thrown around in a hateful, insulting way to people, which is kind of ironic since the point of "tolerance" is for everyone to respect one another. Kind of contradictory
. I just find the words rather overused and more often than not used in situations where it really isn't appropriate. Hate breeds hate, and shouting such accusatory remarks back and forth between political parties only further divides our already heavily divided US.
Now, I am not this author, and I'm not saying that liberals are the only ones guilty of using such words. I'm not saying that the words aren't used correctly at times, but I just get really uneasy around them being thrown around so easily nowadays by your more uninformed college/high-school age kind of people (And even a few politicians here and there)
Thoughts? Is the word "intolerant" thrown around a bit too easily nowadays?
(Let's have a serious discussion, people, and not just make a hate-fest for whatever political party you disagree with)
"Not long ago, the word 'tolerance' meant 'bearing or putting up with someone or something not especially liked'. However, now the word has been redefined to 'all values, all beliefs, all lifestyles, all truth claims are equal'. Denying this makes a person 'intolerant', and thus worthy of contempt."
(Also, whether your Christian or not, the article I took this quote for, linked by the , also raises some interesting points about what tolerance really is nowadays. Agree or disagree, I still find it interesting)