Quotes promoting religious tolerance and intolerance:
Anon: "Religious tolerance is not religious
indifference. It consists of valuing the right of another person to hold
beliefs that you know absolutely, and without a doubt, to be wrong."
Anon: "Religious tolerance means to refrain from discriminating against others who
follow a different religious path. Tolerance is more difficult to maintain when you know that your religion is true and their religion is wrong."
Bumper sticker: "Truth, not tolerance." Published by Harbor
House Gifts of Fullerton CA. The bumper sticker also shows a
clenched fist on the left side and a cross on the right. An interesting
combination. It seems to represent religious hatred, conflict, and perhaps even
Paul Copan: "Contrary to popular definitions, true tolerance means ‘putting up
with error’ - not ‘being accepting of all views’…It is because real
differences exist between people that tolerance becomes necessary and
virtuous." "True for You, But not for Me"
Robert Fleishmann: "When it comes to fundamentally wrong behavior (called "sin" by
the Word of God), there is no tolerance. Wrong is wrong!"
Unfortunately, the term "religious tolerance" has more than one meaning.
On this site we define it as allowing followers
of other religions to follow their spiritual beliefs without oppression or
discrimination. Religious tolerance is a fundamental right in a democracy. Most
people believe that religious tolerance, using this definition, is a noble
goal, and is vitally necessary for world peace.
Of course, no right is absolute. Tolerance may not necessarily extend beyond
religious beliefs to include some religious actions -- particularly those that
harm or harrass others.
Others, particularly conservatives in many religions,
"religious tolerance" differently. Many define it as accepting all religious
faiths as being equally true. This is one meaning of the phrase "religious
pluralism." Since religions teach different beliefs, this definition of
tolerance implies that absolute truth doesn't exist. Most religious
conservatives reject these beliefs, and regard their own faith as the only
absolutely true belief system. Thus, many conservatives believe that
religious tolerance -- using their definition of the term -- is evil.
We are continually amazed at the differences in definitions of religious terms as used by different
faith groups. It makes religious debates and dialogue very difficult. It also
makes our work in trying to objectively describe religious beliefs and practices