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  • Definition of tolerance involves disagreement

    The definition of tolerance means allowing those you disagree with the right to free speech and their viewpoints. Those who would say no to this question are, ironically, the intolerant. For a good summation of this, see Michael Horner's excellent argument:

    "Some people might question this, saying it is intolerant to think only one religion has things right. But this response shows a misunderstanding of what intolerance really is. Intolerance comes from the word 'tolerate.' To tolerate means to allow something, such as a belief, to exist even though we don’t like it or agree with it. Tolerance does not mean never disagreeing with anybody. The word implies disagreement. True tolerance means allowing differing views to coexist without necessarily agreeing with them or claiming that all views are true. Therefore, we can hold that one view is true or better than other views without being intolerant. If we were truly intolerant, we would seek to silence other points of view. But merely engaging in persuasive conversation with someone you disagree with is not intolerance. We show more respect for each other when we take our religious claims seriously than when we clothe them in a patronizing cloak of relativism."

    The most intolerant people are those who claim to be tolerant, they claim anyone who disagrees with them is intolerant and should not have the right to free speech.

  • We don't take kindly to people who don't take kindly!

    Boy, what a vicious cycle that would become! By not tolerating someone, you are being intolerant. If we shouldn't tolerate those who don't tolerate, then we should all be intolerant of each other for not being tolerant.

    If you want to change people's attitudes, you should demonstrate a better way, not act the same way.

  • If we did not tolerate the intolerant, we ourselves would be intolerant.

    If we did not tolerate groups that expressed extremist beliefs but expressed those beliefs in a peaceful manner, we would be taking a step towards fascism as we would be silencing these groups/individuals because we strongly disagree with their beliefs. As long as these "intolerant" groups/individuals express their views in a way that does not violate the safety and rights of others, they should be allowed to express their beliefs.

  • Yes we should

    If you are intolerant to the intolerant, wouldn't that make you intolerant as well?

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  • Yes, We Should Allow the Intolerant to Exist

    "Tolerate" does not simply mean "leave in peace." People should be allowed to have their own views and to be able to voice them, but no one has the right to make you listen to something you do not want to or to deny you the right to combat them verbally. So, yes, we should let the intolerant continue to exist, but make it harder for intolerance to continue by fight it with reason.

  • Yes, we should.

    A tricky slope, we have the option of being intolerant ourselves by decrying them or being overly tolerant and allowing them to run roughshod. However, there is a strong difference between showing tolerance (nodding politely, calmly stating you do not agree and excusing yourself from a conversation, for instance) and just turning a blind eye. Every one is free to think and believe as they choose, it is when they try to push their beliefs on others or attack someone that it moves out of the realm of tolerance into the realm of persecution.

  • Tolerance, tolerates intolerance.

    Tolerance
    1.
    A fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc., differ from one's own; freedom from bigotry.
    2.
    A fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions, beliefs, and practices that differ from one's own.

    True tolerance is tolerant of all things including intolerance. If one is not tolerant and permissive to tolerance, then they are not truly tolerant. Tolerance may not agree or believe in the practices of another, but is permissive to those beliefs and practices.

  • It doesn't work

    Tolerating intolerance only allows the "bully" a reward of no consequence. There is a fallacy that placating an adversary will eventually lead them to understanding your desire for peaceful resolve. Wrong. An adversary determined to get what they wan does not think like you. They are determined and will simply laugh at your tolerance and placation while destroying your way of life.

  • You would stoop to their level?

    By being intolerant to the intolerant you are no better than them; you exhibit the same behaviour they do; instead, show that you are a better person than them and choose to explain to them how they're wrong. If all else fails, simply cut them off from your personal life, but do not stoop to their level, because then you become intolerant yourself, and you are not better. I know I might sound a bit idealistic, but everyone is eligible to their own opinion, no matter how condescending and patronising that opinion is, as long as they don't try to enforce it through legal ways. Instead, support those whom the intolerant do not tolerate. If we start choosing which ideas should be expressed and which should not, then our society will become progressively more intolerant towards differing opinions, at some point, even toward opinions that we do not think are harmful nowadays.

  • Some intolerance should not be tolerated.

    We shouldn't tolerate any sort of bigotry. If we tolerate people who hate gays then I think were taking a step backwards. I don't think we should deny there right to free speech. I just don't think we should be so passive about bigotry. I want us as a society to stand up and call them out on their illogical beliefs with rational discussion. Obviously that implies that they're allowed to voice their opinion. If you think people who believe as I do are just as intolerant as racists and bigots, then I think your missing the point.

  • Ignore this troll.

    Anyways, the intolerant (i.E. 65 year old fundamentalist gun toting fist shakers with senility) are the only thing that stands between a global, multicultural competition of ideologies, and a zealot run blurred line of church and state.

    Once their votes are off the ballot, we'll actually get some progress done.

  • Ah, parodox of tolerance.

    Karl Popper once wrote "Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them."

  • Not a Chance

    It may sound counter-intuitive, but we must not tolerate the intolerant. We must stand up against the tyranny of intolerance. We must deman equal rights of all individuals and the right to free speech, for instance. Isn't that what MLK, Voltaire and other great thinkers did? What's at stake for individuals and societies when we allow intolerance to have a voice?

  • Roots of Decay

    In times of plenty the intolerant have a hard time recruiting followers. They are stuck with mostly fringe elements. Even so, the Tea Party in America has flourished during a relatively bountiful time due to aging people being scared. The Tea Party's sole message is intolerance through scapegoating of the poor and middle class. When times are hard, the intolerant usually become ever powerful. I would like to see organized intolerance punished by law so they have a harder time accumulating power.

  • Some intolerance should not be tolerated.

    We shouldn't tolerate any sort of bigotry. If we tolerate people who hate gays then I think were taking a step backwards. I don't think we should deny there right to free speech. I just don't think we should be so passive about bigotry. I want us as a society to stand up and call them out on their illogical beliefs with rational discussion. Obviously that implies that they're allowed to voice their opinion. If you think people who believe as I do are just as intolerant as racists and bigots, then I think your missing the point.


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Vigilante55 says2016-02-20T07:14:32.317
We give everyone a chance to speak their opinion but when
we when speak something against their views
they get angry & say its intolerance but in
reality the real intolerance is their behavior who always think they are right & don't tolerate anyone's opinion
am i right
Vigilante55 says2016-02-20T07:14:42.860
We give everyone a chance to speak their opinion but when
we when speak something against their views
they get angry & say its intolerance but in
reality the real intolerance is their behavior who always think they are right & don't tolerate anyone's opinion
am i right