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Tolerance: True and False

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Pope Benedict XVI:

“A tolerance which allows God as a private opinion but which excludes him from public life, from the reality of the world and our lives, is not tolerance but hypocrisy,” the pope said in the homily he gave at a three-week-long synod’s opening mass in St Peter’s Basilica. “When man makes himself the only master of the world and master of himself, justice cannot exist. Then, arbitrariness, power and interests rule.”

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Marc Vander Maas


  • There are, of course, plenty of things to be peeved at the liberals for. The one I want to gripe about today is their total ignorance of what separation of church and state really means. What it meant 200 years ago, today and as long as our Constitution exists (which wouldn’t be a New York second if the liberals had their way).

  • The intolerance of the tolerant never ceases to amaze me.

    Travis Johnson

  • “Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.” G.K. Chesterson

  • Oswald Newton

    Not really. There is such a thing as Christian tolerance, which is different from the impostor that is masquerading as tolerance today. We need to recognise the difference between respecting everyone’s view, and respecting everyone’s right to his/her own view – even if we disagree with the view itself.

  • Oswald Newton

    Whereas the false tolerance denies the existence of absolute truth, and advocates respect for everyone’s view, true tolerance recognises the existence of absolute truth, and advocate’s respect for everyone’s right to have a view, while reserving the right of everyone else to question that view.
    This brand of tolerance is based on a belief that every individual has a God-given right, and responsibility, to think, decide, and ultimately, answer to God for him/herself.

  • Oswald Newton

    Christian tolerance operates on the principle that the conscience is sacred, and needs to be influenced by love and reason, not by force or violence. So, if we believe that a particular opinion does not square with the truth, we think it our duty to say so, and point the holder(s) in the right direction, while recognising that there is a limit to how far we should go. We also allow others to question our views, thus providing opportunity for one wiew or set of views to be weighed against another.
    This is how true tolerance operates.

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