Hagar: "My son, always respect and honor the other fellow's point of view. Unless it's
different from yours, of course." From his comic strip on 1999-MAR-3.
C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General: "The American ideal is not that we all agree with each other, or even like each
other, every minute of the day. It is rather that we will respect each other's rights,
especially the right to be different..."
"LuQy" posted on: Unexplained-Mysteries.com's forum:... religious
tolerance is basically the capacity one possesses for recognizing and
respecting the beliefs of others."
"REL Guy," posting on an Amazon.com forum "What is wrong with
Christians?:" I find tolerance based on the intolerance of
David Odell-Scott, professor & chair of the Philosophy Department at Kent State University. "We
value tolerance as a virtue. Yet, consider tolerance from the perspective of
the person being tolerated. Have you ever been tolerated? Or had someone say
to you that they can just barely tolerate you? The experience of being
tolerated by another – doesn’t feel like the one tolerating you is virtuous.
"Religious tolerance" is a tricky phrase that leads to a great deal of misunderstanding. It is one of many religious terms that have multiple, conflicting meanings:
To many religious conservatives, a religiously tolerant
person must accept the concept of pluralism -- that all religions are equally true.
1 Most find this quite objectionable, for good
reason. If you believe that God is in the form of a Trinity, you cannot
accept as true the concept that God is a unity, or that there are multiple Gods
and/or Goddesses, or that God is not a
To most religious moderates, religious liberals and secularists,
a religiously tolerant person simply allows others to pursue their
own religious beliefs and practices freely, without discrimination
or oppression. This includes the freedom to change one's own
religion, to assemble with fellow believers, and to proselytize others. Most find
this an important priority in democratic cultures.
We use the second definition on this web site. Unfortunately, this means that
some religious conservatives will find this section difficult to understand. Our
site receives many angry Emails for this reason.
In our religious essays, we treat beliefs and actions differently:
We are tolerant of people's theological beliefs. We advocate that
others be tolerant as well.
We are critical of actions which harm
people. We advocate that others be similarly critical.
Avoid comparing one religion
with another, or avoid comparing religion with a secular belief system, or avoid analyzing the
scientific claims of a religion.
Exhibit religious indifference.
We feel that the world would be a much better place in
which to live if everyone were religiously tolerant. Civil unrest, mass
murder, and genocide would be greatly reduced. However, tolerance is only
the first step towards actively valuing the diversity that other faith
groups contribute to a society. Unfortunately, it is a step that many people in
the world have yet to
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Unfortunately, the term term "religious pluralism" also has at least two
meanings: One is that all religions are considered equally true, when
interpreted within their own culture. Another is as a synonym for religious
diversity. North America is religiously pluralistic in the sense that its
citizens follow many different religions. It is not religiously pluralistic
in that most citizens regard their own religion as the only true faith, and
all others as at least partly false.