It then mutated into the idea that all beliefs are equally valid. While this was mistaken, at least it allowed for the possibility that Christians might publicly express their beliefs. Now "tolerance" means that no one—other than Christians—should ever hear anything that contradicts what they think, or otherwise upsets them. This is especially true if the subject is human sexuality.
This bogus definition of tolerance is why the dean felt the need to apologize for what the Cardinal said. Fortunately, our African brethren think otherwise. They take their faith seriously—seriously enough to tell the truth about the state of our souls, whether we like it or not.
There is hope in Africa, if not in Georgetown.
For further reading:
Read the text of Cardinal Arinze’s speech (scroll down to "Francis Cardinal Arinze: Arise, Rejoice, God Is Calling You").
Julia Duin, "Criticism of gays riles Georgetown," Washington Times, May 30, 2003.
Al Dobras, "Will the Real Bigots Please Stand Up?" BreakPoint Online, May 9, 2003