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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Tolerance and Religion

 

“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.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. “Hate” Is a Crutch

 

I am confident that people who know me in real life will tell you that, while I exhibit at least the usual complement of flaws, odd quirks, and irritating peccadilloes, being hateful is not numbered among them. That’s probably because I’ve been fortunate, and can’t think of anyone who has seriously wronged me or wronged someone I love. Hate simply isn’t an emotion I experience, and the word is not one I use.

I would like to believe that this is true of most people — that they don’t really feel hate much, if at all — and that the word is too casually used.

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Every summer, we rent a house for a week down the shore. This year, I spotted this sign a couple doors down. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. I’m not saying it’s the hat, but…

 

I ran out of coffee at home yesterday, so last night while I was in town I stopped at the local Starbucks to pick up a bag of dark roast. As I pulled into my parking spot, I noticed an Obama-Biden sticker on the car next to me. I figured that meant overt displays of political affiliation were allowed, so I grabbed my Make America Great Again cap from the dash where it lives, popped it on my head, and went inside.

My favorite gay bartender/barista was on duty, so after nodding a quick hello to him, I grabbed a bag of Verona and walked up to the counter, where a young fellow I didn’t recognize, a bearded college-age kid, was waiting to take my order.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Jews: The Canary in the Coal Mine for the Democratic Party?

 

A number of posts have been written about Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib and their anti-Semitic remarks, including my own. Many of us have speculated on the reasons for Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer’s silence regarding those comments, or their apologies on behalf of these two representatives. I’ve looked into the reasons for their not condemning their behavior, and the results were even more disturbing than I anticipated. (For the record, I don’t separate attitudes about Israel and the Jewish community.)

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Absolute Right to Choose Your Own Pronouns

 
I believe both in the right of individuals to express their personal pronoun preferences and in the right of other individuals to ignore them. It’s the same right in each case: the right of freedom of expression and it’s a right I hold dear. I understand that some folks in the trans movement would like to tell other people which words they can and can’t use. I don’t approve of that, because I really do believe in freedom of expression: the same freedom that lets a guy put on a dress and say “I’m a woman” lets me chuckle and say, “yeah, no
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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. More Tolerance, Please

 

The more significant the disagreement, the more important it is that something as easily settled as the meaning of the words we use not prevent us from having a civil discussion. There are many real and important things about which we differ; our words should not be counted among them.

The word “tolerance” implies disagreement. After all, we are never asked to tolerate something of which we approve. Rather, we’re asked to tolerate things that we don’t necessarily like. Approval and tolerance are two different things, and asking someone to approve of something is not the same as asking them to tolerate it.

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Here’s a piece of flash fiction that I think goes well with the feelings that are currently being discussed/swirling around the Masterpiece Cake Shop ruling, though the male narrator here is recalling Obergefell… Enjoy! Update: I have removed a short story called “The Hell of Black Magic” from my wall that I thought was an […]

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Every day you can find a thousand articles that shine a light on the moral decay taking place in our culture. There is one in particular about a group of college students discussing whether or not human sacrifice is acceptable. Yes, there is one college student whose reply to the question is, “Who are we […]

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“Unacceptable.” It’s a word that’s thrown around a lot these day More

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In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Michael Barone hosts Cass Sunstein, author of “#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media” (Princeton University Press, March 2017). Mr. Sunstein’s book explores how the internet once promised to be the great equalizer, removing barriers between people and fostering the exchange of ideas. However, today’s internet is […]

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The CEO’s who resigned from the President’s business councils are abdicating their duties to their corporations. They are putting a higher priority on signaling virtue to those who already agree with them than creating a better environment for their companies to succeed. The fine points of the President’s remarks about the riot in Charlottesville have […]

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The Left’s modern view of tolerance is a lot like that vapid movie quote, “Love is never having to say you’re sorry.” Tolerance is never having to say you’re offended. In the Left’s fantastical view of utopia, a tolerant society is one in which we all get along and all agree (with them, it is […]

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This post addresses views Claire expressed on Ricochet. I write of her in the third person only since this is not a personal letter to Claire but rather a post designed to invite perspectives from other Ricochet members as well as further comments from Claire, if she wishes. This is for Ricochet only. I respect […]

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Martin Castro, chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, informs us that the phrases “religious liberty” and “religious freedom” are “code words” used to discriminate. Castro made the statements as part of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ 306-page report, “Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles With Civil Liberties.” Originally scheduled for issuance in 2013, its […]

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The left gets more surrealistic all the time. One of its latest ideas is to ban any religion that says anything harsher than “You’re ok!” to anyone–and all in the name of liberty. Much of the left has completely forgotten, but it has some deep roots. One of them reaches down to John Locke More

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