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The Intolerance of Tolerance (New England Edition)

Dwight L. Moody was the American evangelist and publisher behind the Moody Church in Chicago, Moody Bible Institute and Moody Bible Publishers. He was one of the first big evangelists and had global influence. After he’d found some success, he returned to his birthplace of Northfield, Massachusetts, where he started a school for girls in the late 19th century. He also started a school for boys nearby.

The purpose of the schools was to educate generations of committed Christians to continue his…

  1. Edward Smith

    I’m in a mood just now to find this story neither sad, nor outrageous, nor surprising.

    It just makes me want to go back into my lab and continue work on a genetic hybrid combining the worst of the Locust, the Gypsy Moth, the Asian Long Horned Beetle, the Termite, and some of those Egyptian Flesh Eating Scarabs and setting them loose on the Liberals and Progressives.

    Hang on, such a monstrous combination already exists.  Its call the Liberal, also known as the Progressive.

    And they are already on the loose.  Been so for quite some time, I’m told.

  2. Edward Smith

    Just out of curiousity, why is the Green family as naive as the guy who owns Chick Fil-A?

    The only reason I buy that land from those owners is to set up a Hazardous Waste Site.

  3. No Caesar

    I know that town and school.  During the 80s it had a big drug culture.  During the 90s it had some forced “coming out” activities.  Ironically, the people I know who went there are very conservative and no one is surprised that that community is so hostile to any viewpoint other than the “Progressive” one.

    They are the type who would rather see the town die than compromise their beliefs.  When I heard about the land acquisition and subsequent plan some time ago I was surprised, because the buyers picked one of the biggest hornets’ nests to go into. 

    Forward!

  4. Edward Smith

    Were the people you know who went to Northfield conservative before they went there or did they become conservative while there, perhaps as a result of being there?

    It would be interesting if all that “Tolerance” had the effect of converting students to the opposition.

    No Caesar: I know that town and school.  During the 80s it had a big drug culture.  During the 90s it had some forced “coming out” activities.  Ironically, the people I know who went there are very conservative and no one is surprised that that community is so hostile to any viewpoint other than the “Progressive” one.

    They are the type who would rather see the town die than compromise their beliefs.  When I heard about the land acquisition and subsequent plan some time ago I was surprised, because the buyers picked one of the biggest hornets’ nests to go into. 

    Forward! · 7 minutes ago

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  5. Herbert Woodbery

    B goldwaters famous quote comes to mind.

  6. Vance Richards

    So their position is, “We welcome all religions as long as you don’t practice them religiously”?

    If the Left can look at the 2nd Amendment and say you don’t “need” that type of gun, it is no surprise that they can look the 1st Amendment and say you don’t need that type of religion.

  7. Gretchen

    Just another example of the basic fallacy of the “tolerance” mantra which has taken over our culture, including a lot of churches. It reminds me of the guy who said, “I can’t stand intolerant people or the Dutch.”

  8. KC Mulville

    This is yet another example of taking one’s own values and dressing them up in religious costume. Man seeing God as a projection of his own values. Or as a great Jesuit once said, it’s like going to prayer and saying “Listen Lord, for your servant is speaking.”

    At some point, people began thinking that Christianity’s greatest virtue is non-judgmentalism, buttressed by a juvenile interpretation of a biblical quote. It didn’t take long for “don’t judge others” to morph into “don’t judge me.” Then that slid into “no one has a right to disagree with my point of view.” Tolerance soon became a general insistence, then a constitutional mandate, that everyone approve of everything I do. And then, that everyone else has to pay for it.

    As a rule, in prayer, when you realize that your thoughts have led you to believing that you’re right and everyone else is wrong … that, by itself, is the sign that whoever you think you’ve been listening to, it isn’t God.

    Psychologists will tell you that the mind plays a lot of tricks.

    The spirit does, too.

  9. flownover

    Maybe a nice secular, humanist poetry reflection center would be more fitting. And they could have a separate door for each identifiable victim class.

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  10. The Mugwump

    Why is it the word “extremist” only applies to conservatives?   

  11. The Mugwump
    KC Mulville: This is yet another example of taking one’s own values and dressing them up in religious costume. Man seeing God as a projection of his own values. Or as a great Jesuit once said, it’s like going to prayer and saying “Listen Lord, for your servant is speaking.”

    Spot on.  In the liberal worldview morality informs religion and not the other way around.  But then I’m used to seeing everything turned upside down when it comes to libs.    

  12. TJ

    It seems the biggest sin (from the progressive point of view) that Christianity commits is its claim to exclusivity.  Obviously a Jesus who claims to be the Way and the Truth and the Life and the only way to the Father simply must not be tolerated.

  13. Edward Smith

    Because we do not run the Debate.

    Mind you, the Liberals don’t run the Economy.  Only Economic Policy, which is different.

    Reality has a way of making its point that is uniquely effective.  The Dust Storms did not care how hard working the people who tore up the Prairie Grass were.  And Roosevelt could not stop them either.

    California will face a Reckoning of its own making.

    ~Paules: Why is it the word “extremist” only applies to conservatives?    · 0 minutes ago

  14. Edward Smith

    Which quote?

    Herbert Woodbery: B goldwaters famous quote comes to mind. · 49 minutes ago

  15. Nick Stuart

    They should sell it to a developer (pick the one that will build the mostest, tackiest, apartments and strip malls). They’ll need the money for their fines and legal fees anyway.

  16. Polyphemus

    Sad to say that certain parts of America now seem beyond reach.  Sometimes it is necessary to heed the advice: “when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet”.

  17. jarhead
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    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    Resident Ted Thornton said it is a paradox that “we consider ourselves tolerant but we won’t tolerate intolerance.”

    I call Thornton’s paradox what it is, hypocrisy.  It’s the intolerance of their so-called tolerance.  It’s also an abomination to everything D. L. Moody believed in, and Moody himself would have shutdown the Northfield schools he founded before allowing them to become as corrupted as they were.

  18. Spin

    From a NY Times article on the same subject:

    More than 1,000 alumni of Northfield Mount Hermon have signed a petition calling Liberty “an extremist, homophobic and intellectually narrow institution” that clashes with the values of D. L. Moody, an evangelist who opened a school for girls on the property, his birthplace, in 1879.

    Rewrite, redefine, whatever it takes to make the point I guess…

  19. Crow

    Ah, yes, the famed Progressive “tolerance”.

    I do not call it liberal, for a true liberal would be, well, broad minded enough to accept people of various faiths in his community. He would not fear that his arguments were so impoverished that the very presence of a religious person somewhere, anywhere, would threaten the peace of his community. More to their shame because, once upon a time, liberals did believe that liberalism was a fighting creed: and in those days, they fought for the freedoms of association and religious liberty. Heritage squandered.

    Incidentally, while I strongly disagree with this town’s misguided knee-jerk leftism, I should say that procedurally I favor localism and federalism: if one town wishes to place a creche in its public square and the 1o commandments in its courtroom, God bless them and more power to them. If their neighbors want a holiday shrubbery (additionally, anyone wonder what the racial makeup of enlightened Northfield, MA is….) and entirely secular school system, fine by me.

    Let the people of that community come up with the necessary funds. Let them be the arbiters of their own success or failure accordingly for the world to see.

  20. Benjamin Glaser

    Good book I recommend on the fallacy of “Tolerance”.

    The Intolerance of Tolerance by D.A. Carson

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