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Friday, July 27, 2012

Tolerance, vicious and other unknown words

It seems by the amount of misuse of the word Tolerance and Vicious lately, our countries inhabitants need a refresher on what these words actually mean, and how to use them appropriately.

lets start with the word Tolerance:
Tolerance: The ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with

By its definition this word does not mean that someone who voices their opinion but who does not impact another persons existence, activities, or ability to voice their own behavior is intolerant of that individual.

Likewise someone who claims someone else is intolerant simply by the voicing of an opinion who differs from their own is not practicing tolerance themselves.

A great example of this can be seen by the ignorant comments and use of this word by the Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, Proco "Joe" Moreno is Alderman of the First Ward of Chicago, the Muppet Corporation, and Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston. Each of them has publicly stated that a person was intolerant because they expressed an opinion and view on what constitutes a marriage.

They do not claim this person is intolerant because he or his company are not tolerant, of the lifestyle of the people who do not share his opinion, to the point that he refused them service or employment. 

They do not claim this person is intolerant because he or his company is Not tolerant of others that disagree with his opinion and treats them any differently than those that do.

No this person is apparently Not tolerant to  Rahm, Proco, Menino, and the Muppets, simply because he voiced his opinion and his opinion did not reflect their own.  

If I could meet these "boys of intolerance" I would have to say to them
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." - Inigo Montoya,

Now lets turn to the word vicious

vicious: Deliberately cruel or violent or Immoral

I want go into as much dialog or ranting here, but I think anyone who is looking at this objectively would find it incredibly hard to label the person Mr. Rahm, Proco, Menino, and the Muppets are attacking in the media as anything but the opposite of vicious.

As a good friend of mine Ken Coleman stated, "There is a great divide between strong convictions and hateful actions. A civil society can and must discern between the two...Each of us get to choose what we believe. Does our opinion hold greater value than those we disagree with?

Unless our society can learn this and do it quickly the economic issues we face will be the least of our worries.

wide chasm between an opinion and vicious intolerance

The bigger issue here is not this man's opinion but why in America everyone is not standing up for his right to peacefully, morally and tolerantly express his opinion.

I will end by showing this comments from MARK STEYN

"Americans talk more about liberty than citizens of other Western nations, but, underneath the rhetorical swagger, liberty bleeds. When Mayor Menino and Alderman Moreno openly threaten to deny business licenses because of ideological apostasy, they're declaring their unfitness for public office. It's not about marriage, it's not about gays, it's about a basic understanding that a free society requires a decent respect for a wide range of opinion without penalty by the state. In Menino's Boston, the Freedom Trail is heavy on the Trail, way too light on the Freedom."

God bless America, and May god have mercy on us all.

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