The word and action in its intended form was one that would mold society together into a more cohesive unit by people being tolerant of others’ views, actions, and feelings. Today it has been spinned, flipped, and pruned until it no longer reflects the original intent, but in most cases reflects the wishes of one political party to accomplish their agenda without opposition. Chick-Fil-A is only the most recent “victim” of the Liberal “tolerance” that we have all become accustomed to, and it surely won’t be the last.
Since when is it detrimental to a business if the president of the company holds a view that a majority of Americans share? When Dan Cathy came out in support of traditional marriage, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone. Chick-Fil-A is a Christian company that is closed on Sundays; it would seem apparent that its president would support traditional marriage. However, that wasn’t the point of Cathy’s answer; it was one piece of it that the Left has twisted to portray Cathy as a “gay-hating bigot.” We don’t know the views of the presidents of other fast-food chains (although it appears two of them are siding with Chick-Fil-A), but I wouldn’t be shocked to learn they hold the same views as Dan Cathy. Support for traditional marriage is still in the majority in America. Instead of accepting Cathy’s views, the Left would rather attempt a nationwide boycott of the entire company. Talk about tolerance!
Tolerance is preached more than ever when it comes to social issues– “How does it affect you if someone has an abortion?! If you don’t believe in abortion, just don’t have an abortion; but don’t deny a woman the right to make decisions for her own body just because you disagree with it.” Sound familiar? Tolerance is shouted from the rooftops when it comes to defending a woman’s right to murder her unborn child. We should be tolerant of her “right to her own body” and not get in the way of her personal decisions. The problem here is that it’s no longer “her body” when there’s a child involved. If you ask a Liberal, though, we’re just supposed to be tolerant and accept the practice of abortion. No one’s forcing us to have abortions so we don’t have any reason to prevent others from doing so.
We’re also, according to the Left, supposed to be tolerant of others’ religions. Never mind the fact that our President has disrespected the Catholic Church and their views by pushing for a mandate that would force them to cover employees’ contraceptives– we’re supposed to be tolerant of every religion (except the one we were founded upon), even the one in whose name the Twin Towers were bombed on 9/11. I’m not advocating the removal of that religion from the United States– not at all. What I’m saying is that the tolerance must go both ways if it is to be legitimate. We can’t have our President apologizing to the world for the views and ideals America holds.
In a democracy, we are most definitely supposed to be respectful– tolerant– of others’ views. A state in which one party rules is Communist and nothing that the United States is about. However, there is a certain point in every situation when tolerance is no longer an option. Even after the tragic shooting in Aurora a couple weeks ago, we have no reason to be tolerant of the Left’s wishes to impose gun control legislation on us; rather, we need to fight their attempts to do so if we hope to maintain a stable society. Tolerance is something that must be regarded carefully and deliberately– it should not be used as a tool for the Left to be able to pass any legislation or make any statement they wish without consequences.
The cries for tolerance are, in most cases, unnecessary. The usage of the word has become that of a tool for the Left to accuse the Right of being “intolerant” if we dare to disagree with them on any given issue. True tolerance is a rarity now that the word has been kidnapped and turned into a political tool. This is not true tolerance; it’s actually prejudice being masked as tolerance. I don’t like it.