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“The frustrating thing is that those who are attacking religion claim they are doing it in the name of tolerance, freedom, and openmindedness. Question: Isn’t the real truth that they are intolerant of religion? They refuse to tolerate its importance in our lives.”
– Ronald Reagan
We saw that illustrated by Robert “Beto” O’Rourke this last Thursday when he threatened to strip churches of tax-exempt status if they did not perform same-sex “marriages,” and the Democrats cheered. This bigoted, intolerant position was (of course) framed as a means of fighting bigotry and intolerance.
Tolerance used to mean you ignored or put up with behavior with which you disagreed. You tolerated the loud music coming from your neighbor’s house. Today, progressives have redefined tolerance as approval and affirmation of behavior with which you disagree, with nothing less than active and participative affirmation acceptable. To be tolerant of your neighbor’s over-loud music you have to thank them for it or even use your house as a place for them to put their speakers for their music.
And who decides what behavior is worthy of tolerating? The progressives, of course, If you disagree with anything that means you are an intolerant bigot unworthy of rights and legal protections.