Tolerance vs. intolerance: alarming trends
It seems quite ironic that in the name of tolerance, some people in our country are becoming more and more intolerant. Encarta Webster’s Dictionary says to “tolerate” means “to recognize other people’s right to have different beliefs or practices without attempting to suppress them.”
But today, if a person expresses a traditional or biblical position on a controversial issue, he risks being branded “intolerant.” Some, who claim to be tolerant, resort to tactics such as ridicule, intimidation, vilification, harassment and even threats to stop the free expression of opinions and beliefs – for instance, the recent Chick-fil-A episode.
Another example occurred when Kirk Cameron, who starred in the movie “Fireproof,” expressed his views on CNN that marriage should be between one man and one woman. Those who disagreed attacked him.
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