Liberals should revisit definition of tolerance

LaceyJuly 21, 2013 

The Merriam Webster definition of tolerance: “Sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own.”

Sounds good, doesn’t it? Holding fast to a certain view of something, but politely indulging someone who thinks differently. And yet, this trait seems to occur rarely among those who embrace today’s liberal concept of morality and ethics.

Although I may have a different set of mores, if you support same-sex marriage and respecting a woman’s right to have an abortion, I will indulge your right to believe as you wish. I will not call you names like bigot, homophobe, hate monger or religious fanatic. I will not accuse you of lacking love toward those who are different from me.

I will, however, appreciate your respect for others such as I. It’s a little frustrating going through life being called names all the time.

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