“Tolerance is not, in itself, a virtue. On the contrary, tolerating what is vicious and wicked can be a sign of moral amnesia brought on by making a god of tolerance” – R.R. Reno, First Things.
Tolerance is necessary for a people to live at peace in a pluralistic society. But tolerance must be defined by limitations. Enforced tolerance doesn’t reveal the true heart. It simply reveals the heart of those powerful enough to force others to accept it. The deception is the belief that society is a better place due to the ‘virtuous’ tolerance legislated by the “Gods of the Marketplace” (Rudyard Kipling). It’s like telling your child to take his cough medicine; he may take it, even without complaint, but you know he hasn’t given his heart to it.
Tom Trinko tells of an old woman of the Baltic States who had lived under the horrible oppression of both the Nazi and Communists governments. When asked which was worse, Nazism or communism, she stated that communism was worse. “If you did what the Nazis wanted, they left you alone, but the Communists demanded that you think what they thought. Essentially the Nazis merely wished to enslave or possibly kill you, but the Communists wanted to steal your soul.” (American Thinker, Tom Trinko)
Men lose their minds when overtaken by the lust for power. The greed for power can cause men to participate in outrageous acts of insanity. “Power corrupts the few, but weakness corrupts the many.” (Macbeth, Shakespeare) There are only a few, drunk on their own power, who will try to determine how the many are to think their thoughts. In the name of the virtue of the times, tolerance, we are being told what we are permitted to think about abortion, pornography, sex, homosexuality, and a variety of other issues that have polarized conservatives and liberals. True Christians will not get direction on these issues from society, but from the Word of the Living God.
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law…abridging freedom of speech.” Our courts have struggled over the years to define just what is and is not free speech. The recent fuss over Rush Limbaugh saying derogatory things about a left-leaning law student and liberal activist, Sandra Fluke, is a perfect example of how difficult it is to draw parameters around what can or cannot be said. Limbaugh apologized, but his apology was rejected because it was not sincere enough. I know, you are having thoughts of small children throwing sand at each other in a sand box.
Just when you think things are beginning to calm down, another character rushes on stage. Gloria Allred, a celebrity ambulance chaser if there ever was one, spouts her doctrine of politically correct speech by uttering her shrill cry that Rush Limbaugh ought to be arrested. I know, you are now looking for some men with white coats to enter the stage of this comedy. Gloria Allred is insane in her desire to be a part of the discussion. She knows that her best team of lawyers would lose to a rank amateur law student fresh out of law school on these outrageous charges. The government couldn’t prosecute Rush or anyone else for practicing their freedom to speak.
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