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Tolerance or Ignorance?

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Submitted by D Connell (United States), Sep 20, 2002 at 10:07

I enjoy your articles and I also enjoy the comments from others concerning your articles. I have not seen any comments posted on your articles lately. So I thought I would comment. To the liberal, tolerance means the acceptance of all ideas as equal and there are no absolutes. Of this they are absolutely sure. Tolerance according to Webster's means "tolerating of views, beliefs, practices, etc. of others that differ from one's own..." Tolerate means "to not interfere with; allow; permit... to recognize and respect others' beliefs, practices, etc. without sharing those views." If you believe that all views and beliefs are equally as good as another, you are not tolerant but rather, you are ignorant.
On another subject, I just heard that our Secretary of Defense, has told Israel, that it would be best if they not get retaliate if Iraq strikes them. In other words leave it to us. Why can't we have help from our only ally in the region? Would the world not tolerate Israel helping us? Why is it permissible for the British to help but not Israel?
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