What is tolerance today? —Numbness, ignorance and moral disinterest…
(CUSA) – Tolerance isn’t what it used to be. Far from a virtue it has become a tool of political oppression.
D. Chadwell offers us her summer rant on the faux virtue which is neither truthful nor Christian. —Ed.
by DEANA CHADWELL—
I have a confession to make: I’ve had it with tolerance. It should be noted that I’m confessing to the 21st century definition of the word, not the original meaning. In 1412, the word came into English from the Old French. It meant endurance or fortitude, strength.
It took almost 200 years for the word to take on the sense of permissiveness. Today Merriam Webster defines tolerance as a willingness to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own or the ability to accept, experience, or survive something harmful or unpleasant.
“To accept . . . something harmful . . .”? I can see enduring something harmful. But to accept means to receive something to one’s self – to accept a compliment, to accept a gift.
How can anyone tolerate the horrors that occur daily in the Middle East? Do I really have to be tolerant of the group that crucified nine young Christian men in Syria last week? Do I have to think of Muslim female mutilation as acceptable? Must I look on the abduction of hundreds of Nigerian Christian girls and just shrug my shoulders?
After all, most Muslims are nice people. I’m not sure why we think that, other than the fact that most people tend to behave themselves most of the time. Should we be tolerant or accepting of ideas that are dangerous, of ideas that threaten our wellbeing?
I have close relationships with people whose theology differs from my own; that’s not a problem. History will determine which one of us is right. In the meantime we agree to disagree and all is well.
But some worldviews are treacherous, and I refuse to accept those attitudes as being the moral equivalent of biblical thought. Our freedom, our physical safety, the very function of our society is threatened, either subtly or overtly, by two specific belief systems. One – orthodox Islam – threatens death for unbelievers, while the other – Progressivism — touts “tolerance” as its most important value.
In fact, it seems that progressives win extra gold stars when their tolerance includes truly perverse behaviors – like those of radical Islam. I don’t hear progressives denouncing the treatment of Muslim women.
They scream, “War on Women!” if their birth control isn’t paid for by someone else, but they don’t bat an eye over Islamic honor killings. I find that confusing and infuriating. Nothing seems to break the leftist façade of tolerance other than conservative, Christian thinking.
Actually, I can be quite tolerant when I see no threat, when no one is in my face. Like most conservatives, I don’t care which adults other adults hop into bed with. It’s none of my business. I find it untenable that the LGTB community wants me to not only live and let live, but to give my whole hearted approval. I can’t. I believe that God knows what He’s doing.
I can understand that there are those whose hormonal balances create physical, emotional and social confusion. My heart goes out to those folks, but I have no tolerance for the perversity of gay “pride” parades and can’t begin to understand why gays would want to pretend to be “married.”
Most same-sex “marriages” are not sexually monogamous. So why bother? You have a right to marry a member of the opposite sex – the word “marry” has no application beyond that.
I have no tolerance for untruth. I’ve had it with Muslims claiming their religion is peaceful and then beheading people who disagree. I’ve had it with the left whose followers have think they know better than God how to organize a society, and yet when their ideas fail to produce the expected results, who do they blame? Conservatives. Christians. God.
I’ve had it with the Left’s insistence that people of color are unable to register to vote, incapable of earning a living, unlikely to make decent parents – and then they want to call me a racist.
I’m intolerant of the Left’s inability to argue their points intelligently, resorting to name-calling and verbal abuse. Just tell me where and when socialism has produced prosperity.
There is no need to rant on and on about how terrible America is – go elsewhere; the borders are open both ways – go somewhere you can be proud of and stop messing with the only socio-economic system that has ever worked to everyone’s benefit.
Yes, I’m a Christian, but that doesn’t translate as “pushover.” Jesus Christ stormed into the Temple and overturned the tables of the moneychangers – He had no intention of tolerating evil.
We do have to be very stern with ourselves and judge only the sin and not the sinner. After all, we’re all sinners and we are all tempted, but when wicked ideas, ideas that could spell the end of our society saturate the culture, those of us who care have to stamp our feet and call foul. We can’t just lean back in our recliners and buy the silliness about life in the 21st century and accepting change.
Human nature didn’t just instantly reform itself 14 years ago; true, astounding technological advances amaze us on a daily basis, but evil is alive and I will not be tolerant.
Tolerance, as defined today, isn’t much of a virtue anyway – all it requires is general numbness, ignorance and moral disinterest. All it means today is the championing of evil. That is intolerable.