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Polytheist Tolerance? No way.

Reader comment on item: Reflections on the Revolution in France*

Submitted by Peter Herz (United States), Nov 14, 2005 at 20:51

Any system of belief--including secularism and polytheism--can be intolerant. Socrates was put to death for challenging the Athenian gods, the early Christians were persecuted because they would not worship the Roman emperor as a god; and in China, at the beginning of the 20th century, thousands of Chinese Christians were murdered by Boxers who saw themselves as defenders of Buddhism.

Tolerance in and of itself is not the ultimate virtue. While one can be intolerant of something good, one can also be tolerant of something evil and socially dangerous. The latter is the problem that Western countries are facing today.

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