It is not religion that causes intolerance - thoughts?

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  1. jlpark profile image81
    jlparkposted 4 years ago

    It is not religion that causes intolerance - thoughts?

    "It is not religion that causes in tolerance - It is intolerance that uses religion to give alleged "moral" support to the real cause of intolerance - hatred of those perceived to imagined to be oppressors or threats to one's own welfare" - what are your thoughts on this quote? Why do you feel that way? Do you agree or disagree? (Again, I'll close it if you get nasty). NOTE: this is not directed at any one or any one's a quote from a book I'm reading that provoked my curiousity as to what you guys think.

  2. Sri T profile image78
    Sri Tposted 4 years ago

    Intolerance can have many causes. I think the root of it is the childish desire that people have in always wanting things to go their way. To be ahead of others.  It is unrealistic. A person can gain a lot in the material world in wanting things their way, but nobody gets everything their way. And nobody is always right, but out of ego, most people think they are right and others are wrong because they live among their own ideas most of the time. Everybody has an idea of how the world should be. Especially religions and lawmakers. In most cases, to their own advantage. LOL.

    1. jlpark profile image81
      jlparkposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Very true. Thanks for your thoughts Sri T

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    JThomp42posted 4 years ago

    I do not think it to be religion that causes intolerance. I think it happens in any society. Whether to make themselves feel better or out of ignorance. There are many, many things that people find intolerant that others would not even think twice about. Saying that, I think it to be human nature.

    1. jlpark profile image81
      jlparkposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your answer JT. The thing is the quote went further into it. In saying that religion is used to give alleged 'moral' support to intolerance based on hatred etc - what r yr thoughts on that? But I agree intolerance is human nature of sorts

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    sheilamyersposted 4 years ago

    I partly agree. Everyone is intolerant of one thing or another whether or not they have religion to back it up. Some people are intolerant to begin with and then turn to a religion that gives them a moral backing while others accept a religion and become intolerant because of what that religion teaches. Yet I think even if all religions were eradicated (something I don't support), some people would be intolerant of other people or actions and find their moral high ground based on their own egos and class standing.

    1. jlpark profile image81
      jlparkposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Sheila. You make a good point with the fact that even if religion was abolished people would find a way to support their intolerance somehow. Food for thought.

  5. arksys profile image91
    arksysposted 4 years ago

    religion is used as a tool to defend a personal belief which is intolerant. religion is understood far and wide therefore it is much easier to convince people.

    1. jlpark profile image81
      jlparkposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      That's what I kinda see it as saying.

  6. cjhunsinger profile image72
    cjhunsingerposted 4 years ago

    I rather enjoy being intolerant. I find that if I choose to be tolerant it is based upon the action of the individual and I will make that decision. At what point does the politically correct or politically mandated tolerance become a surrender to an  ideology that is a contradiction to what you hold as a truth. Does such "tolerance" mandate one to forego his integrity or principles? Is tolerance another word for surrender or acquiescence, Should tolerance be associated or defined as the Neville Chamberlain or Obama Syndrome?
    (Again, I'll  close it if you get nasty')---Are you the definer of nasty? How is nasty defined by you and should all acquiesce to your wish?   Give us our borders Master so we can better serve the community.
    Is not your intolerance equal to that of any religion?

    1. jlpark profile image81
      jlparkposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Interesting thoughts cj! I do see what you mean re my statement about in closin this! It's not saying intolerance is all bad per say but that often religion is used to provide supposed moral backing to a hatred of something. But I like yr thoghhtss

    2. cjhunsinger profile image72
      cjhunsingerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Political correctness mandates also serve well to promote a bias. There is no difference between a superiority founded a god, or one on government.


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