Got an email from a very nice-sounding lady who asks, “But isn’t it important to be tolerant?”
Well, of course it is! The problem comes when we use the word “tolerance” when what we really want to convey is “approval.” There are a great many things I tolerate, of which I most decidedly do not approve.
A woman is living with her boyfriend. I do not approve of this arrangement; I think it is detrimental to her dreams for her greatest happiness. However, I am not at her house grabbing her possessions into a box and demanding that she move out right this minute: I am tolerant of her decision, even though I dislike it.
Get the difference?
We are seeing a great misuse of words. People scream about “tolerance,” especially those groups like the radical gay lobby, or the anti-marriage people… okay, let me be candid, here: it’s liberals who talk about tolerance. Conservatives practice tolerance, liberals are among the most intolerant of disagreement of any group of people I’ve ever met. They’re all for peace and harmony… so long as it is on their terms. They will brook no disagreements.
They call for “tolerance” of their ideas and their causes, yet they practice none, demanding the suppression of opposition and even resorting to dishonest or illegal means to get what they want.
This is not tolerance. It’s an attempt to engineer society for their pleasure.
And it is, worst of all, dishonest.