Tuesday, January 10, 2012

When Tolerance Becomes Intolerance

Do you remember when Alice, in the in the story Alice In Wonderland, turns to her cat and says, "If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?"

I love Alice's last statement in this quote. Never mind the fact that what she just said is utter nonsense (as she intended it to be), but she asks her cat if it understands! What I don't love, however, is how some people have turned this great nation into Alice's dream world. Let me be more blunt: I despise the fact that there are those who call themselves “free thinkers” and the liberal left who work with all their might in order to shut down other's freedom of religion and speech. And they've do this all in the name of “tolerance”. But is this tolerance? Since when did the definition of tolerance change from a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one's own;” to “vehemently ridicule, shut down, and stamp out any and all beliefs, speech, or practices that may offend any member of a society”?

To say it plainly, we have regressed into a society that stifles the tolerance and diversity we once held as sacred to this nation, and killed the expression of ideas held by some of our members, all in order to avoid offending the irrational amongst us who are unable to express said tolerance.

Since when did the First Amendment right of “Freedom of Speech” mean that you or I cannot practice our “Freedom of Religion”? On that note, since when did “Freedom of Religion” only support “Freedom FROM Religion”? The last time I checked, that same Amendment that grants your freedom of religion (or freedom from religion, if you so choose), grants me my right to speak openly and freely about my religion-anywhere and anytime I want. If we limit the free exercise of one part of the First Amendment, then we limit the free exercise of the entire First Amendment. After all, you can't eat bacon without killing the whole hog, right?

What happened to the days when, if you disagreed with what someone else did or said, wrote them off, thought them crazy, and went on with your daily life? Today, if someone says something that you don't agree with, first you bring a federal lawsuit against them, and then call your local news station. We have to remember, bigotry is a two-way street. If you expect tolerance, you must also be willing to give it.

I'm afraid that by today's standards, Alice would have her dream-world in reality. Everything is nonsense because, “everything (bigotry) is what it isn't (tolerance). And contrary wise, what is (ridiculous), it wouldn't be (common sense). And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?"

Yes, Alice. Unfortunately, we can't help but see.

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