“What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature.” -Voltaire
There has been a lot of discussion about tolerance recently. The mouthpieces of the “tolerance” crowd suggest that if we don’t accept gay marriage or leftist views, we should be condemned to hell, ostracism, IRS targeting, or lawsuits, to name a few. Two recent examples come to mind. Two gay businessmen invited Senator Ted Cruz for a campaign event only to condemn him afterwards for his so-called “bigoted views” after many in the militant gay “rights” movement threatened to boycott their businesses. (Pretty pathetic, right?) Funny how we must submit to same-sex marriage but can’t have our views respected. (Tyranny never sounded so delicious!) The second example is Sweet Cakes Bakery in Oregon. The persecution of its owners, Aaron and Melissa Klein, is not new, however. They’re Christian bakers who were forced to close shop after same-sex marriage activists bullied their business into submission and subsequent closure. One lesbian couple even suggested their refusing to make them a cake was “mental rape.” (What a lofty, deluded accusation–and an offense to rape victims everywhere.) Free association is protected under the First Amendment. Christian bakers have every right to refuse service as gay bakers do, and vice versa.
The beauty of living in the United States is we enjoy boundless freedoms, especially free association and free expression under the First Amendment. Sadly, those who comprise the “thought police” under the guise of “tolerance” are eager to suppress alternative view points. It’s rather pathetic to see the rise of petulant children masquerading as adults who inject statism into discourse. For example, we hear and witness the following: “I don’t like your views, so I’m going to sue the pants off of you!” What are we becoming? The former Soviet Union? This stuff is getting ridiculous, especially with the media and government bureaucrats juicing people up through class warfare rhetoric.
Tolerance is a two-way street. Practice mutual respect, but don’t feel obligated to change your views to please someone. That’s cowardice. [Yes, you can hold a view and be civil with someone who disagrees with it! Imagine that?] Be kind unto others. [Many on the Left have yet to perfect this art.] Engage in dialogue respectfully. [If someone exudes immaturity and vapid qualities, forget it and move on. Don’t focus on the frivolous things in life.]
Be a good steward of freedom. Regardless of your position of the legal definition of marriage, encourage support for the First Amendment. Dissent is a beautiful thing!
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