When I was growing up the word tolerant meant something different than it does today.
You tolerated your aunt pinching your cheek every time you saw her.
You tolerated sweltering summers.
You tolerated irritating relatives who always thought they knew best.
Being tolerant has taken on a new meaning in our society. It now means, you will agree with me. You will agree or be considered bigots, radicals, dregs of society.
The Miss USA pageant is a prime example of the change. When Miss California was asked her opinion on same sex marriages, she stated she believed marriage was between a man and a woman. Since answering that question, she has been ridiculed and slandered.
Whatever your stance on marriage (I side with Miss California) there is a deeper issue here.
America has always been a place where all its people had a right to believe as they saw fit. That's why the pilgrims came here, to have freedom to believe in God as they chose (Of course, you won't find that in revisionist history books.)
Going by the wayside is the freedom to live our lives based on the values of the Word of God. It is not tolerated by many. And, the numbers grows.
It's not just that they don't want to believe and live by the values we hold dear, they don't want us to be able to believe and live according to them! Beware when you take one persons freedom away over a thing you don't agree with. Your ideology may be the next that is not tolerated.
America is rapidly changing. We are becoming more a socialist nation that tells us what we can believe and if we don't we'll pay for it.
Tolerance? In America we seem to be saying if you can't live by it, you change its meaning.
Adhering to the old meaning of tolerance (and will probably pay for it), Gloria