Does Tolerance Lead to Intolerable Behavior? Politically Correct Ideology - It is Time to Draw a Line in the Sand.
Word of the day: Tolerance
In any dichotomy there are extremes, two polar opposites. The line has to be somewhere in the middle. We have gone way too far to one extreme in some areas. If we have tolerance for everything, is anything intolerable?
We all hear we should be tolerant. We should be tolerant of different opinions, different cultures, different religions, different this and different that. Did the term start off as a good thing? To begin, I don’t know. I first started catching wind of this mantra some time back. I can’t tell you the exact number of years for it began so slowly I really didn't bother to mark the file in my head as one to be saved. At that time, it sounded like a good thing.
Lessons learned at home
I am originally from that wonderful, history filled state of Mississippi. Early on in life I learned just what prejudice was. I saw it everyday. Thank God my parents taught me it was wrong. I saw my own blood kin on reservations living in poverty. I saw some of the kindest people I ever knew living in squalor simply because they were dark of skin. I saw kind, moral, good women beaten at regular intervals by the men who swore in a church to cherish them. How could this be right? It couldn’t. It wasn’t. It never will be.
Coming from that early mindset, when I first heard the tolerance mantra, I raced for the bandwagon. I thought, finally, something that makes sense. Skin color may vary but we all bleed red. We are all from the same family, the human family. Having believed such a concept would help the world, I quickly went back into the bubble I tend to exist in. It is the vale that keeps me somewhat shielded from reality at times, allows me to continue living without being overwhelmed by the horror that has become part of our daily lives, regardless of how much we tend to allow ourselves to see it or not.
Perhaps it is age, or maybe just wear and tear, but I find my bubble, my beloved vale, is wearing thin. What I used to be able to not see so well now surrounds me. I can’t turn on the TV, surf the Internet, read the news, or go out into the world without seeing it everywhere I go. Is it just me? Do you see it too? My bubble now shows that thin transparent sheen that comes just before bursting.
I have to wonder what happened. We were to be tolerant and that was going to make things better. Well folks, my circular thinking, dyslexic brain has led me to the conclusion that the very same tolerance band wagon I once believed in is actually the vehicle for this ever escalating cycle of downward badness. Driving that self same vehicle in the direction of straight to hell is politically correct ideology, the dark angel that now sits in judgment of us all.
This hub will endeavor to examine the following…
- How the politically correct idea of tolerance has allowed for the ideology that what should never be acceptable be “overlooked” in the name of tolerance.
- How things that should not be allowed are creeping into our nation, our minds, and our laws, hiding under the mask of tolerance.
- How dangerous acts are being excused daily, and thereby behaviorally reinforced in the name of tolerance.
What is tolerance as it is defined today?
Dictionary.com defines tolerance as,
“A fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one's own; freedom from bigotry.”
This definition sounds like a good thing to me.
Were it applied strictly within the context of those perimeters, I would still say it is a good thing. It is my contention that the term has evolved through the use of politically correct ideology to one that leaves out the “objective” part and allows for way to much of the “permissive” specifically in regards to practices, i.e. acts committed.
Let us examine how the term is applied today.
First, we see it applied to all matters of race. Is this a good thing? I think so. Race is defined by nothing more than the color of one’s skin. Skin color is determined merely by the amount of Melanin found within the body. Under the skin, we are all basically the same and everyone bleeds red. That, to me, indicates race is no more of a marker of differences within species than hair or eye color and therefore all races are human and should be treated equally based upon the criteria of race.
The aspect of nationality is the same. I don’t care where one comes from but rather am only concerned with what one does or does not do. To me this is a non- issue based only in ignorance and unfounded fear.
“More and more people care about religious tolerance as fewer and fewer care about religion.”
Oh, no. She's going to say it.
The next defining characteristic addressed within the definition, as it is currently used in modern society, is religion. I have already opened a can of worms by discussing politics, so why not go full tilt and bring up the other topic of conversation that is typically considered by most learned people wise to keep out of everyday conversation. Personally, I think anyone is free to decide to practice or believe in any religion they choose. I feel this is a God given right. Our Constitution, thus far, confirms that such is the law of the land. That is not the case world wide in a legal sense. Some religions call for the death of any who do not believe as they do, or the shunning of persons of differing faiths. Some laws in other lands support and mandate the state chosen religion of that nation.
When the good vehicle of tolerance turned into a lemon.
The problem, as I see it, is not so much with the belief in any given religion but with the acts committed in the name of it. Now, this is not to say that all believers of any faith commit acts that are harmful to others be they believers in that religion or not, but to deny that a not insignificant number of them do is to lie to one’s self.
Is it not ironic that Christian principles used in founding a free country, where anyone and everyone could worship as they saw fit, is now being attacked ideologically by those who tolerate no religion but their own? Dictionary.com defines jihad as... "A holy war undertaken as a sacred duty by Muslims." Notice the word "duty". This gives me serious pause. Do I believe all members of this faith want to go to war? No. I have to hope not. The concept of religious deception, utilized by many of said faith, mandates that members lie in the name of furthering said cause making it more than difficult to know who to trust.
Has the Christian faith ever had such acts of brutality committed in it’s name?
We all know the answer to that question is yes. We but need to look at history to know that’s true. Examples would included periods of history known as the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Salem Witch Trials and many, many more.
I am talking about, in this article, what is happening right now, today, in modern times.
Check it for yourself.
- Articles: The Case for Banning Sharia Law in America
The Qu'ran commands Muslims to change secular laws to conform to sharia, eventually establishing Islamic law worldwide. Islamic courts want their fatwas to supersede the civil and criminal laws, untying Muslims from civil secular courts.
You may be thinking this is all irrelevant, Vix.
Such acts are not tolerated on American soil. Well, dear reader, are you aware that Sharia law has raised it’s ugly head in America? Are you aware that some jurisdictions on our soil have tried to pass just such laws? This is a great danger to freedom, to women, to children, to those of opposing faiths, to our entire free existence and to the existence of freedom anywhere on this entire planet.
OK. It's time to be blunt. Exactly what “acts” are we talking about here?
- Death to non believers.
- Forced marriages of children.
- Death and torture to those not conforming, or sometimes just being accused of not conforming, to religious tenants.
- Rape and subsequent torture of the victim for being raped.
Check it for yourself
- Shariah in American Courts
Shariah - the Threat to America, The Team B II Report. The study’s findings suggest that Shariah law has entered into state court decisions, in conflict with the Constitution and state public policy.
Does this mean all practitioners of certain religions advocate such acts?
I have to believe the answer is no. I certainly hope not. However, we all know many do. More and more we are seeing tolerance being stretched to the point of covering what should not be tolerated, such as exemptions to current law in it’s name.
Original video by: Specguests
Really, Vix? Like what?
We are now to tolerate a Muslim mosque on ground zero. OK, OK technically speaking it's spitting distance away. We are to do so in the name of tolerance for we should not wish to offend anyone of that faith.
First off, how would not having it located there be offensive? The fact that we wish not to have the self same religion that the murder of over 3000 Americans was done in the name of in our face when we go to pay our respects is somehow offensive? Is it not offensive to the survivors of the Americans who died to have it located upon their dying ground?
- Ground Zero Mosque Park51 A Triumph of Radical Islam - TIME
Both sides in the controversy talk about the mosque's symbolism in the fight against radical Islamism.
“America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.” Barack Obama
Really? Does America call for the mandatory deaths of all who oppose what we believe in order to gain entrance to Heaven? Are American women forbidden from driving at the risk of a public beating? Are America female minor children as young as nine years of age made to enter into a marriage against their will as a matter of custom? Is arranged marriage the norm in America? Is rape considered dignified now? Is imprisonment for not practicing the religion dictated by the state an American norm now?
The article in Time Magazine
The article in Time Magazine points out that the "community center" was built on private property in Manhattan, near ground zero, but not exactly on it. Don't you love technicalities? It further points out that said center also now houses such wondrous things as a pool, a basketball court, and other recreational facilities. Do we really care about that? I don't give a rat's rear end if it has a flipping roller coaster and neon live band. It is disrespectful to the dead, to their ancestors, to their survivors, to anyone who sacrificed or lost on that day, and to Americans in general.
Let us think about this for a minute. It is no different than having someone who murdered your family move in next door. How well do you think that's going to go over? Our leaders know this. Allowing this to happen is an insult to us all by the same people we elected to represent us. It makes me wonder who is more dangerous to America, those who would commit acts of brutality in the name of their religion or those who glorify the religion in the name of politically correct tolerance. Hm?
This one act shows the problem with tolerance taken too far by politically correct ideology. The religion belonging to terrorists extremist is to be tolerated and even promoted via government dollars and support through the erection of a national monument when it is disrespectful of those who were hurt, those who died, but criticizing such an act of terrorism or merely implying that such acts are often associated with members of that religion is not to be tolerated. Do you see the glaring contradiction? Not only is tolerance being preached for only certain groups, but further, it is being used as a politically correct weapon to control and condition the thinking of a free people. If it is allowed to continue, a free people will exist no more.
Original video by: Fox News
The slaughter at Fort Hood
Are you aware that the slaughter at Fort Hood has now been labeled an act of work place violence? Do you think perhaps the politically correct notion of tolerance run amok influenced said decision? How could it not have? This was terrorism, plain and simple. Under the guise of mental incompetence, this guy gets a seriously reduced sentence. The lesson learned? If you are a bad guy, just act like your sick.
A bridge between examples of things being tolerated more and more.
Obviously, what is covered above about terrorist extremist and acts done in the name of religion will outweigh anything I can come up with from here on out. But, let us remember the real purpose here. It is not to slam any one religion or group, but rather to point out how the term tolerance itself has evolved under politically correct ideology to one that includes more and more criminal acts and acts of violence.
I would like to present two more examples. They may pale in comparison but I contend that they are equally as dangerous, perhaps even on a larger scale. The first, short one to be addressed is that of what is now termed as undocumented workers. Does that sound as dangerous as the aforementioned group? Certainly it does not. However, if one considers the growing numbers and the very real possibility they may get the right to vote, that group being tolerated could change our entire political climate and swing the vote while they do not have the same vested interest in it as citizens.
Secondly, I will cover acts of violence in our public school system. Any act that endangers children, to me, is not to be tolerated. What is so frightening about this, over and above the obvious, is that by repeatedly tolerating such under any law or excuse teaches the lesson of a lack of personal accountability to all students not just the ones committing the acts though that was never its intended purpose.
Other intolerable things done in the name of politically correct tolerance.
We are now to tolerate an invasion of people who are not legal citizens of this nation occupying our borders, bankrupting our educational system, medical system, and social safety nets in the name of politically correct tolerance.
At what point are excuses no longer allowed?
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act | Ask.com Encyclopedia
The law sounds good. Were it implemented, in the area of discipline as written, I would agree. It's not. Fear of lawsuits, crazy legal fees and negative publicity ties school districts hands.
We are now to tolerate truly horrid acts of violence simply because the person committing them is one of special needs. The vast majority of special needs children in schools never commit horrible acts of violence. They are sweet, loving children just trying to grow up like any other child. Sadly, in our society, many are violent and are dangers to themselves and to others, but because they carry a special needs label they do not receive discipline for offenses that are linked to their disability. I have yet to see a truly violent act committed by one that was not linked and I have been in public education for ten years. Prior to that, I worked with developmentally disabled adults for some years. I have seen first hand more than one commit violent acts of rape upon adults and upon children. I have yet to see one criminally held accountable or even go to jail.
At what point are the rights of the non- disabled students taken into account?
I'm all for equal rights for everyone. The current PC trend of tolerance allows for prisoners to have more rights than the guards or the victims. It allows for special needs students rights to take precedence over the rights of their non-disabled peers sometimes resulting in serious injury. Where is the line? Should not it be in the middle? If your child is assaulted and injured, does it make it OK just because the one perpetrating such act has a lower than normal IQ?
Don't think that everyone who has special needs does not know the difference between right and wrong for that is simply not true.
Not being able to read with comprehension on higher levels or do Algebra does not mean that said individuals do not know the difference between right and wrong in regards to hurting others.
What is true, and they will tell you this themselves, is that they are special so they can't go to jail. I have heard this from adults and I still hear it from children to this day.
If you are perhaps thinking that I am prejudice against this group, think again. I have special needs family members that I love dearly! They, yes more than one family member, have never, ever committed such acts. They can and will tell you it's wrong.
In all honesty, some do go to jail. Many, many more do not. While I am all for giving mentally deficient persons compassion and leeway in most areas, I am not for allowing any and all random acts of violence, especially from those higher functioning people.
Granted if an individual can't speak, or dress themselves, or do most of the things required to communicate and/or participate within a community he/she is not competent nor culpable for their own actions.
The vast majority of those special needs adults living in the community in group homes or with some form of supported living services do not fall in that category and are of a mental functioning level to be held accountable for violent acts against others.
Guys and gals, people are to be tolerated, not dangerous or criminal behavior. The more we tolerate, the more we will be expected to tolerate to the point of everyday acts of violence becoming the norm, not the exception. Some things should not be tolerated. Some things are wrong. Tolerance was the theme of the day in Rome for a while too, right before it’s downfall. Where is the line? There has to be one. You decide.
Disclaimer: This article is my opinion only.
This is going on in Europe too. Look what it's doing there.
You can never know too much.
- History of Israel
James has a style that is easy to read yet rich with facts and plenty of backup. I would not want to debate this man, but I love to read his articles.
- Persecution of Christians in Saudi Arabia in the Light of History
Some Arabian tribes had long ago followed Christianity. In the 7th to 10th century, though, most Christians were either expelled or converted, some forcibly, to Islam. Attacks against Christians and human rights abuses, even against Shia Muslims.
Well worth the read and the time.
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This hub describes a horrific crime done in the name of religion by a man, his wife and his son upon his own daughters.
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