Tolerating Intolerance

Some say we must learn to tolerate intolerance, particularly religious intolerance. If we were to do that, what would it mean?

Normally, you may not kill someone, even if they are gay, even if they reject some religion, even if they marry someone you do not approve of, even if they lose their virginity before marriage. Normally, if someone comes into your hotel or restaurant, you have to serve them, even if they are gay, black or Muslim.

But Christians and Muslims want us to make an exception, just for them.

On what grounds should they get an exemption? All they have is tradition. They have no reason at all for continuing this tradition. This is the most idiotic ground for an exemption. These are just feeble excuses for breaking the law. I say absolutely not. If they are not willing to obey the law, they must pay the penalties, just like any other citizen, or leave the country.

There should be no privileged religious classes issued get-out-of-jail-free cards.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)