Tuesday, November 16, 2004

A Nuanced Meaning of "Tolerance"

The Boy Scouts of America must be the most politically incorrect organization of all time. First they are reviled because they don't accept homosexuals as Boy Scout leaders; now the ACLU has prevented the U.S. Military from supporting Boy Scout troops because they require a "belief in God".

I encountered a bit of anti-Boy Scout prejudice here in Ann Arbor a year or so ago, when I went to the nearby elementary school to arrange for my GIRL Scout Troop to meet there. Boy Scout Troops had been banned by the City Council--meaning they were no longer allowed to have their meetings in public schools; nor could they recruit potential Boy Scouts there. All of a sudden, the Principal was suspicious of Girl Scouts.
"Aren't the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts under the same management," he asked me.
"No," I replied. They have been separate since the beginning of the 20th century.
"Well, how do Girl Scouts feel about homosexuals?"
"Ummm, well.. I don't really know. Its never come up."
I knew I was just a few seconds away from being banned also from meeting at the school.
"Well, " he went on, "I'll have to check and see if we can accommodate you this year."

Such conversations, I imagine, went on with relative frequency in Germany in the early years of National Socialism, only substituting the word "Jew" for "Boy Scout". Apparently to take a position contrary to the political correctness of the moment is not acceptable to the Left, and must be crushed at all costs. Currently homosexuals are considered politically correct and any speech that is deemed "intolerant" regarding them -- is verboten. At the same time, all religion--except Islam--is politically incorrect and can therefore be denigrated at will--all in the name of tolerance and diversity. It obviously is a carefully nuanced meaning of the word "tolerant" which I am not familiar with. Only the intellectually elite can apparently understand it.

Now, check this out- Garrison Keillor--a revered spokesman of the Left--had this to say the other day atthe University of Chicago:

“I am a Democrat—it’s no secret. I am a museum-quality Democrat,” Keillor said. “Last night I spent my time crouched in a fetal position, rolling around and moaning in the dark.”
Not one to shy away from speaking his mind, Keillor proposed a solution to what he deemed a fundamental problem with U.S. elections. “I’m trying to organize support for a constitutional amendment to deny voting rights to born-again Christians,” Keillor smirked. “I feel if your citizenship is in Heaven—like a born again Christian’s is—you should give up your citizenship. Sorry, but this is my new cause. If born again Christians are allowed to vote in this country, then why not Canadians?”
(emphasis mine).

Well Garrison, why not organize support for a constitutional amendment to deny voting rights to Jews? What's so special about born-again Christians? All those religious nuts should be banned from voting, don't you think? And while we're at it, lets ban Girl Scouts (too militaristic); Bush supporters (too stupid); and anybody else you don't happen to agree with.

It is all part of the new "uber"tolerance of the Left. Agree with them or .....??? And they think BUSH is Hitler??? LOL

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