If I said something like “I wish we still had segregation,” or “women shouldn’t be allowed to vote,” you would probably be offended. And rightly so. But why?
Would you be offended because you understand the context of my words and recognize the inherent harm they convey? Or would you be offended because society has decided that some things should simply be labeled as “offensive”?
The difference is important.
We once lived in a free society where people were allowed to “agree to disagree” on all sorts of topics; and did so in a civil, respectful manner. It’s called tolerance. But the word has been hi-jacked to mean “affirmation and acceptance of a politically correct view or position.” Consequently people don’t know how to actually be tolerant anymore. The ability to have civil discourse on topics while respecting the right of people to disagree with your position has been lost. Also predictably, certain views are expected to be tolerated while it is acceptable to be intolerant of others.
For example, it is perfectly acceptable to be intolerant of a cross being in a public place, funded by tax dollars, for any reason at all. A good example is the 9/11 memorial where a display of steel from the rubble in the shape of a cross is being protested. This is a publicly funded memorial and no vestige of religion should be present, some say. However, when Christians and other people of faith protested a publicly funded “art exhibit” featuring a cross submerged in urine, they were told to tolerate it as free speech. [Read more...]
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.