Let us begin with what should be an unnecessary assertion: Tolerance is good.
The behavioral trait that involves giving others latitude and elbow room rather than jumping on their every flaw is a good thing. In a pluralistic society, it is healthy to recognize that amid various faiths, ethnicities and character types, we should find things to admire and embrace rather than launch a constant search for indignation.
This is what tolerance used to be. It led to an America that welcomes many religions, rejects racism and embraces individualism.
But the strengths and virtues of tolerance have been co-opted and perverted by the armies of political correctness. “Tolerance” is now a weapon, a mace swung against the head of anyone failing to fall in with the whims of the sensitivity police.
The shame is that the warriors in these PC armies do not even know they are harming their cause. Do they believe that forcing “marriage equality” down the throats of every state warms the nation to their agenda? Do they believe that applying ridiculous pressure for a Washington Redskins name change sparks empathy for the plight of Native Americans?
Free advice to these folks: tactics like this make people look like whiners, busybodies and drama queens.
On the marriage front, it is a stunning achievement for gay rights to have cultivated an environment in a number of states such that voters are willing to augment the definition of marriage that has lasted since the dawn of humanity.
And yet it’s not enough.
Rather than embrace their progress and push for more among the marketplace of state legislatures, the gay marriage lobby seeks to reinvent the language, concocting a “right” to equal marriage status, identifying opponents as bigots.
Take a snapshot. A biblical view of marriage is bigotry to these people. Look at that snapshot. It is the picture of intolerance.
What a sad irony. Gay-rights advocates have fought for tolerance and won it widely. Even in states daring to maintain preferential status for man-woman marriage, real homophobia is being chased to the same dark corners as racism. There is no societal tolerance for violence or even unkindness toward our gay brothers and sisters, and laws are being crafted to afford some benefits of marriage which born of simple human decency— things like property rights and hospital visitation.
But while they should be celebrating the tolerance they have fought for and won, they turn their own swordpoints of prejudice toward people—and states— choosing to differ.