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Intolerance is when one does not tolerate someone else's ideas.

Intolerance is also a root of some "hate speech" rules and laws. Various special interest groups have gotten companies, schools and governments to define any criticism of their group activities as "motivated by hate". Corretta Scott King views homosexual activity the same as an opinion or the practice of religion as the following quote illustrates:

  • "Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood." [1]

The error in this argument is obvious. Telling someone about a warning in the Bible is doing them a favor, not expressing hatred toward them. In fact, it may, be a small step on the road to their salvation. When a teacher instructs a pupil not to steal from others, not to assault them or tease them, these instructions are for the child's benefit. Similarly, informing homosexuals of the sin they are committing is one sides freedom of speech - a homosexual reacting by insulting ones religious beliefs is his/her side's freedom of speech, but is also telling of their intolerance by resorting to insults.

External links


  1. Coretta Scott King, 1998
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