November 13, 2011

Double Standards of Tolerance

Buona sera. Have you ever noticed that the people who make the most noise about "tolerance" are the least tolerant? There are two problems with their views. First, "tolerance" has been redefined. In normal use in the context of viewpoints, we can tolerate other people's opinions and values, respect their right to have them. There is no shooting, shouting, ridicule, browbeating, Internet trolling and so forth. We may discuss our differences, we may not. Now the redefinition of tolerance has the connotation that all views are valid, truthful and right. The second problem with the views of the tolerance crowd is that they will not tolerate the view that someone is right and the others are wrong. You tolerate everyone, but when I say that I am right, my views are not to be tolerated. So, their philosophy is ridiculous. Capice?

The Christian viewpoint is the least tolerated, especially if we say that there is a God, there is only one God (Isaiah 45.6), Jesus is the only way to God (John 14.6, Acts 4.12) and that homosexuality is not only unnatural, but a sinful lifestyle (1 Cor. 6.9-12, 1 Timothy 1.8-11, Rom. 1.23-27).

A Christian college student called Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason on his radio show and asked his advice on how to deal with a class assignment regarding LGBT lifestyles, and how she could stand up for her faith. (The original broadcast mp3 is here, about 23 minutes, ten seconds into the show.) She called back with a follow-up report and discussion. They noticed how people who want to be "tolerant" were being intolerant themselves, and disrespectful of the beliefs of others. That follow-up call is excerpted below, or you can listen to the original broadcast mp3, at about 2 hrs, 27 minutes, 38 seconds into that broadcast, here.


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