The End of Tolerance

Tolerance PracticeBecause the Daily Beast is a thoughtful forum of opinion and observation, Sally Kohn’s contempt for people with whom she disagrees is surprising and disappointing. She exemplifies the end of tolerance.

Kohn calls out an extremely conservative tweet. And she is almost certainly correct in observing: “[T]he idea of equal treatment for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans (if not its full realization yet) is indeed the new normal in America (emphasis added).”

Then she shifts gears, using straw-man rhetoric to call for formalized bigotry: “Will anti-gay Christians be politically and socially ostracized? I sure hope so (emphasis added).”

Kohn casually rejects the long-held Christian concept of authoritative Scripture: “There are, of course, still congregations that haven’t caught up with the times (emphasis added).”

Can there be social accommodation for people who believe as President Obama and presidential candidate Clinton did a couple years ago? No. “As for everyone else, including florists and county clerks, yes, you will now have to provide the same services to straight couples that you provide to gay couples. Don’t like it? Find a new job (emphasis added).”

Now that tolerance is ended, disagreement equals hatred. “To those who remain in the fringe minority stubbornly mired in hatred and the dark rationalizations of the past, please try to lose gracefully (emphasis added).”


About Ben Unseth

Executive Director at Project Understanding (2014-2017), social service agency in Ventura, CA
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