As usual, tolerance, so often fought for and sought after by the liberals, is a double standard issue. Why is it when we live in a country that defends the 1st Amendment so vehemently, people are no longer allowed to possess differing opinions? Why can’t there be varying perspectives and beliefs on an issue?
It’s no surprise that this latest act of intolerance from the left is in response to a young woman’s opinion on the issue of same-sex marriage. Miss California, Carrie Prejean, unfortunately (speculatively) lost the Miss USA crown this past Sunday night when she drew a random question asking her opinion of same-sex marriage. Here’s the transcript of the question being asked by Perez Hilton (an openly gay celebrity blogger) and Prejean:
PEREZ: Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit? Why or why not?
CARRIE: I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land that you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage and, you know what, in my country and my family I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anyone out there but that’s how I was raised and that’s how I think it should be between a man and a woman.
Pretty gutsy answer don’t ya think? So now today Prejean has become the major controvery and is basically being called every name in the book for not giving a politically correct answer and being tolerant of other people’s views. Now, I think a couple definitions are in order because it seems the lib’s just can’t figure out the difference:
tolerance – a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one’s own.
intolerance – lack of toleration; unwillingness or refusal to tolerate or respect contrary opinions or beliefs, persons of different races or backgrounds, etc.
See the difference? It’s not that hard, right? Yeah, you would think.
So why is it that I have everyone else’s opinion being shoved down my throat and forcing me tolerate it, when those same people refuse to be tolerant of my beliefs? Is my religion not valid? We fight for tolerance of Islam, Atheism, Universalism, etc, but my Protestant Christan beliefs hold no merit? This is what infuriates me the most. Because I believe marriage is a union between a man and a woman and that homosexuality is wrong, why am I not allowed to hold that opinion?
You are completely entitled to disagree and say I’m wrong – just as I should be allowed to say the same about your opinion – but the amount of hatred, verbal assaults and even physical threats that people endure who are not supporters of same-sex unions is downright frightening and ridiculous. And honestly, I believe it definitely shows that pro-gay marriage groups are not interested in tolerance but only acceptance of their beliefs and lifestyle choices.
Tolerance is a two way street people. That’s what makes this country great is the broad makeup of opinions and beliefs. The sooner EVERYONE can learn that and embrace it, the better off we’ll be.
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