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Your Idea of Tolerance is Intolerant
Today's version of tolerance is that we have to accept all views. Claiming that you are right and that someone else is wrong is considered intolerant. The only people that the new tolerance will not tolerate are those, like Christians, that hold to the old view of tolerance that even when I think you are wrong I will still tolerate you.
With the new definition of tolerance, no one can be tolerant. Because with today's definition of tolerance it is considered intolerant to disagree with someone.
The Intolerance of Tolerance by Don Carson
Tolerance is Condescending
This tolerance that says that you cannot disagree with someone is not only impossible but it's also condescending. Claiming that everyone is right and there are no wrong answers is the way you would talk to a child.
Those that charge you with intolerance are just unwilling to engage in ideas. It's much easier to throw out insults and name calling than it is to consider an idea or to refute an idea.
When you are accused of intolerance
If someone calls you intolerant, ask them for a definition of "tolerance." If their definition says that you cannot believe that someone is wrong, then no one can be tolerant and they fall under their own definition.