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Religious Tolerance

 
 
Eorl
 
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Reply Thu 7 Sep, 2006 09:28 pm
fishin wrote:
I think you are using (in that single statement) the word tolerate to mean "put up with" as opposed to applying the larger concept of tolerance/intolerance.


Yes, I agree. I don't see a larger concept being involved. When I say tolerate, I mean "put up with".

fishin wrote:
I don't accept their belief and their view is in direct conflict and totally imcompatible with my own........they are free to beleive whatever they'd like without any interference from me as long as they don't violate the social contract - the seperation of church and state - to try to force me to conform to their beliefs.


Their view is compatible with yours. You have yours, they have theirs, you can still sit together at a film and share popcorn.

It's only when they "try to force you to conform" that your views become incompatible.

I don't think we disagree on the principles at work here fishin'. I just think we have different ways of using words like "tolerate".

Tolerate:
1. to allow the existence, presence, practice, or act of without prohibition or hindrance; permit.
2. to endure without repugnance; put up with: I can tolerate laziness, but not incompetence.
3. Medicine/Medical. to endure or resist the action of (a drug, poison, etc.).
4. Obsolete. to experience, undergo, or sustain, as pain or hardship.
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fishin
 
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Reply Thu 7 Sep, 2006 09:56 pm
Eorl wrote:
fishin wrote:
I think you are using (in that single statement) the word tolerate to mean "put up with" as opposed to applying the larger concept of tolerance/intolerance.


Yes, I agree. I don't see a larger concept being involved. When I say tolerate, I mean "put up with".



Hence the disconnect. The concept of tolerance is much like that of liberty, freedom or equality. All of the words have simple dictionary definitions but the actual practice and implementation of each requires much more than the simple definition of the words would imply. Absolute liberty, for example, would result in anarchy and the eventual loss of liberty for some. All of them have "edges" that are defined by the social contract.
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