We need tolerance, not respect

Non-judgementalism has helped embolden the state and curtail our freedom.

In John Locke’s 1689 Letter Concerning Toleration, he wrote of the fundamental distinction that had to be made between matters for the authorities and matters of individual conscience. He argued that civil powers should have no role in determining the beliefs of the citizenry. He also wrote of the critical importance of distinguishing between thoughts and words, and actions:

‘Any one may employ as many exhortations and arguments as he pleases… But all force and compulsion are to be forborne. Nothing is to be done imperiously. Nobody is obliged in that matter to yield obedience unto the admonitions or injunctions of another, further than he himself is persuaded. Every man in that has the supreme and absolute authority of judging for himself.’

  • Alain

    Tolerating intolerance always end in violence and death for the tolerant.

  • FactsWillOut

    allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of (something that one does not necessarily like or agree with) without interference.

    Aristotle — ‘Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society.’

    • canminuteman

      I have had to quote the dictionary definition of tolerance to people in the past. In a “diverse, vibrant and tolerant society” like we have now it’s seems people have come to think that tolerance means, respect, and include, rather than just put up with.

  • Icebow

    Ban the headrag everywhere.

    • FactsWillOut

      In terms of how that would actually stop Muslims from invading, a ban on headrags is useless.

      • WalterBannon

        its all about how you implement the ban, ban the head-rag by banning muslims completely and listing Islam as a criminal organization

        • FactsWillOut

          Heck, they wouldn’t need to spend any money. If the gov’t just declared open season, I’m sure things would resolve themselves in a satisfactory fashion.