Quotations about religious tolerance by
persons whose names begin "A" to D"
The term "religious tolerance" has two distinct meanings:
Conservative Protestants, often define the term "religious tolerance" as
meaning that a person must beleive that all religions and their associated beliefs are true.
Of course, this conflicts with a common belief among religious conservatives in the existence of absolute truth and their belief that only their faith correctly reflects "God's Word." Thus, many conservative
Protestants reject religious tolerance, as they define it, because they view it as an undesirable goal.
Among other individuals and groups, it generally means to avoid
fearing, hating, oppressing or discriminating against persons whose religious beliefs
happen to be different from your own. Religious tolerance then becomes a human
rights issue -- something that most people feel is desirable goal.
We use the second definition. However, we are continually criticized
because some of our visitors assume that we use the first meaning.
The English language has negative terms that describe
fear/hatred/discrimination directed at people because of their gender, race,
sexual orientation, gender identity, and national origin. The terms are: sexism,
racism, homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia. But we have no term that
describes the fear/hatred/discrimination directed at people because of their
religion. We have suggested the term "religism" to
fill this gap
"Amanda:" An 8th grade student from Brooklyn NY. An excerpt from
her poem "Don't Go," about the 9-11 terrorist attack on the World
"A shattered city is all that is left behind.
These acts of hatred have left us blind.
Too blind to see what the world would be,
With peace and love and all people free."
Anon (taken from the Native American Indian Traditional Code of
Ethics. Inter-Tribal Times, 1994-OCT)
"8. All the races and tribes in the world are like the different
colored flowers of one meadow. All are beautiful. As children of the
Creator they must all be respected."
"Toleration isn't much. But it is the first step towards curiosity, interest,
study, understanding, appreciating and finally valuing diversity. If we can get everyone
on the first step of tolerance, at least we won't be killing each other."
"Religious tolerance is not religious indifference. Tolerance means
to value the right of another person to hold beliefs that you know are
"Everyone has their own path. Walk yours with integrity and wish all others peace on their journey. When your paths merge, rejoice for their presence in your life. When the paths are separated, return to the wholeness of yourself, give thanks for the footprints left on your soul, and embrace the time to journey on your own."
Abdul Baha, "I Heard Him Say"
"Let us have love and more love; a love that melts all opposition, a love that
conquers all foes, a love that sweeps away all barriers, a love that aboundeth in charity,
a large-heartedness, tolerance, forgiveness and noble striving, a love that triumphs over
Dr. Erhard Busek, M.P., Austria
"The struggle against intolerance is a duty of the individual as well
as an obligation of the society."
George W. Bush, President:
Address to a joint session of Congress,
"I ask you to uphold the values of America and remember why so many
have come here. We're in a fight for our principles, and our first
responsibility is to live by them. No one should be singled out for unfair
treatment or unkind words because of their ethnic background or religious
At a news conference on 2005-APR-28:
"Role of religion in our society? I view religion as a personal
matter. I think a person ought to be judged on how he or she lives his
life or lives her life. And that's how I've tried to live my life:
through example. Faith plays an important part in my life individually.
But I don't ascribe a person's opposing my nominations to an issue of
faith'. The great thing about America is that you should be allowed to
worship any way you want. And if you chose not to worship, you're
equally as patriotic as somebody who does worship. And if you choose to
worship, you're equally American if you're a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim."
Alexander Chase, journalist and editor:
"More and more people care about religious tolerance as fewer and
fewer care about religion."
G.K. Chesterton, Catholic theologian:
"Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions." (Spotted as the "quoteworthy" selection on CitizenLink news mailing from Focus on the Family, 2010-MAR-03)
"...tolerance is a personal decision that comes from an attitude that is learnable and embraceable
- a belief that every person in earth is a treasure, vital to the health and prosperity of all..."
Eldridge Cleaver, "Soul on Ice"
"The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less."
James Dobson, founder and president of Focus on the Family"
interviewed by Tony Snow of Fox News Channel, 2001-SEP-20
very important to understand that pluralism is part of our system.
We don't all think the same thing and part of our strength is that
we come from different perspectives. We have to respect one another
even when we disagree with each other. There has to be a spirit of
tolerance for the views of others, while also being deeply committed
to the positions we hold. If we do that, I think we can coexist and
learn to love each other better." 1
The term "pluralism" is ambiguous.
Here, Dr. Dobson appears to be using the word to refer to religious diversity
in the country. Other times, the word is used to refer to the belief that all religions are true.