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January 2009

The death of "tolerance"

“Probably no concept has more currency in our politically correct culture than the notion of tolerance. Unfortunately, one of America’s noblest virtues has been so distorted it’s become a vice.” – Gregory Koukl

One could not help but notice the silence from those who champion this distorted view of "tolerance", on the issue of the behaviour of the gay rights mob toward those who supported Proposition 8.  Advocates of this distorted view of tolerance are often quick to chide anyone who says that the other view is wrong, misguided or immoral.  You know the story – who are you to judge … you can’t say anyone is wrong, the only absolute truth is that there is no such thing as absolute truth.  Yet there was deafening silence from these advocates as the gay mob behaved nothing short of what Jude would call, “unreasoning animals”, toward those who disagreed with their attempt to redefine marriage.

            These people who bemoan the “intolerance” in our society should try to setup shop in the public square in Saudi Arabia, Iran or Pakistan and give a presentation on why they think Islam is false.  They will quickly find out what intolerance really means.  Unfortunately, the United Nations (UN) has also acquiesced to this impoverished notion of “tolerance” with the passage of Human Rights resolution 2003/4 – Combating defamation of religions.  The Islamic Conference of nations has been pushing for this resolution for some time now.  Don’t be fooled by the innocuous title.  In effect it boils down to:  Thou shalt not criticize Islam.

            One observer has pointed out that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia should start by establishing religious freedom in his own country, where all religious practices other than Wahhabi Islam is banned.  The Turkish political observer Ziya Meral, has also made the point that if Islamic leaders really wanted “tolerance” for different religious viewpoints, they would facilitate such discussions within their own societies.  But don’t hold your breath for a “free and frank exchange” in the Islamic world.  As Bishop Cranmer aptly concludes his blog post, “the UN has shown itself to be utterly deficient in both its discernment and diplomacy, for any special protection of the Islamic religio-political worldview can only be made at the expense of the Christian one. It eschews objectivity and truth, and constitutes an unacceptable moral inversion.”  The classical view of tolerance is officially dead.

Stand to Reason Radio goes national

From Stand to Reason:

"The Stand to Reason radio broadcast will be heard live on the 126-station American Family Radio network.  We are very excited to work with AFR and add so many stations to brand new regions of the country where the show has never been heard live.  This gives the STR radio show national breadth for the first time at no cost to the organization thanks to AFR."

AFR Listings…

The End of White America?

"The Election of Barack Obama is just the most startling manifestation of a larger trend: the gradual erosion of “whiteness” as the touchstone of what it means to be American. If the end of white America is a cultural and demographic inevitability, what will the new mainstream look like—and how will white Americans fit into it? What will it mean to be white when whiteness is no longer the norm? And will a post-white America be less racially divided—or more so?"

Think. Again.