“Shut Up, Bigot!”: The Intolerance of Tolerance

Aug 12, 2015 by

By Ben R Crenshaw, Public Discourse: Conservatives are called bigots because those who embrace the new sexual mores are beholden to the new tolerance as a plausibility structure. Postmodern liberals cannot comprehend the idea that one could simultaneously reject a belief and accept the person who holds it. America is in the midst of a raging national debate on issues surrounding sexuality and gender. If you dare to suggest that gender is determined by sex and is immutable, that same-sex sex acts are immoral, or that marriage is a permanent, exclusive union of husband and wife, then you will be called an intolerant bigot, hater, and homophobe. Where does the charge of bigotry come from? Is it just a passing fad, a political and social tool for power and control, or do its roots go deeper? Bigotry is defined as “intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.”...

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How liberalism became an intolerant dogma

Aug 9, 2015 by

By Damon Linker, The Week: At the risk of sounding like Paul Krugman — who returns to a handful of cherished topics over and over again in his New York Times column — I want to revisit one of my hobby horses, which I most recently raised in mydiscussion of Hobby Lobby. My own cherished topic is this: Liberalism’s decline from a political philosophy of pluralism into a rigidly intolerant dogma. The decline is especially pronounced on a range of issues wrapped up with religion and sex. For a time, electoral self-interest kept these intolerant tendencies in check, since the strongly liberal position on social issues was clearly a minority view. But the cultural shift during the Obama years that has led a majority of Americans to support gay marriage seems to have opened the floodgates to an ugly triumphalism on the left. The result is a dogmatic form...

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The ‘intolerance of intolerance’ is intolerant

Jul 11, 2015 by

From Christian Concern: Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali has challenged the government’s approach to tackling “extremism”. Speaking on BBC1’s Sunday Morning Live programme, he observed: “When the Prime Minister says to be ‘intolerant of intolerance’ … that itself is intolerant … What we don’t want is a liberal totalitarianism.” He went on to say that, as a society, we are in danger of“bringing up children not to value free speech and free thought.” Watch a clip here, or the full debate here....

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150 Striking Cases / Problem of Intolerant Equality Laws Analyzed in Newly Released Report 2014

May 4, 2015 by

From Observatory on Intolerance: The Observatory’s report on the year 2014 portrays the150 most striking cases of intolerance against Christians in Europe in the year 2014 and presents theproblem of intolerant or militant equality laws. While awareness regarding religious freedom is growing, legal projects are under way to place restrictions on religious freedom especially for Christians. A key concern is the so-called horizontal equal treatment directive which is being pushed at the level of the European Union and partly also nationally. This report explains the scope and the associated problems of such legislation and provides key examples of the consequences. Read...

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Christians Who Cave to the ‘New Intolerance’ Only Make It Worse

Mar 23, 2015 by

By Napp Nazworth, Christian Post: Christians should not cower to the “new intolerance,” in which certain liberals have used government, social and economic power to bully and censor people who disagree with them, because doing so will only undermine the Church, Mary Eberstadt argued Tuesday for a lecture hosted by First Things. The new intolerance is unlike previous challenges Christians have faced, she explained, because it’s not rooted in a deep philosophical debate, such as debates over theodicy, or the challenges to the Church presented by Pelagianism or Arianism. The new intolerance “is not an intellectual or philosophical force. In fact, it’s hardly about ideas at all. It is instead something very specific, taken from playbooks that nobody should be proud of studying. It’s about using intimidation, humiliation, censorship, and self-censorship to punish those who think differently,” she said… …Rather than the product of any rich philosophical tradition, the...

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The Rich Roots and Spoiled Fruits of Liberal Toleration

Mar 6, 2015 by

By Jeremy Niell, Public Discourse: After decades of efforts to be emancipated from religious influences, the toleration of political liberals is still only an impoverished relative of its classical cousin. Toleration as it was understood by early modern philosophers like John Locke was richer and fuller than toleration as political liberals understand it today. Political liberals today think of toleration in a methodologically secular way: they try to replicate the two-kingdom infrastructure of Christian liberty in ways that do not retain the Christian model’s theological commitments. But after decades of efforts to be emancipated from religious influences, political liberals have only succeeded in developing a toleration that is an impoverished relative of its classical cousin. What Does Toleration Mean to Contemporary Liberals? Consider the standard political liberal account. Toleration, for today’s political liberals, is a willingness to allow others to lead lifestyles of their choosing, as long as they...

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