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Submitted by Ed (Canada), Nov 23, 2005 at 13:21

Our language is being usurped to mold our thinking.
At one time Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble went out and "had a gay old time". There were Gaiety theatres and people dressed gaily for parties. The word gay was used as a slang expression for homosexuals. That slang expression has been repeated so many times by the mainstream media that now people believe that it means homosexual. The same is true of tolerance. Tolerance is, a willingness or capacity to endure or forbear something that one does not like, or may not be good for one. When we are sick, the physician needs to know how well we tolerate drugs. For people with a high level of tolerance, one drug may be indicated, for people with a low level of tolerance to that drug, another may be indicated.

Some people have a high pain threshold, so are said to tolerate pain well. One tolerates something, until one has had enough of it. Last week, I tolerated the noise of my neighbor's party, because I knew it was a temporary affair, and would be over at some point. Had the noise continued, a point would have come, when in my need for sleep, I could not tolerate it anymore. At this point I would have gone over to my neighbor and requested them to desist. Had they refused, I would then have lodged a complaint with my local constabulary and demanded that they rid me of the nuisance.

My wife's hairdresser is a homosexual. I do not tolerate him. I do not have to, because I like him. He is kind, witty, thoughtful and generous. He knows better than to try to proposition me, because he knows that I will not tolerate it.

The same can be asked of race and culture. When I lived in the Fareast, I tolerated the smelly pits they use as latrines, because I knew that my exposure to the smell was of short duration and the term of my service there was temporary. I got on well with the people, made many friends, ate their food and participated in their activities. I tolerated the latrines, but did not tolerate the people or their culture.

Several of the countries I have lived in are Islamic. I was obliged to tolerate the rape and sexual assaults on minority kaffirs, because had I interfered, my life would have ended right there. I tolerated the insults, being spat on and the constant imprecations to convert, because I knew that my stay was temporary. When my wife could no longer tolerate the sexual and other abuses meted out to kaffirs she found a way to migrate to a country that did not tolerate this kind of behavior.

My country seems to have entered into some kind of covenant with muslims. They are allowed to live in enclaves and will not tolerate my presence in their communities. My country has changed dramatically in the past twenty years because my government has demanded that we be tolerant. They did not tell us that our tolerance was to be unlimited. By definition, it cannot be. When they told us to be tolerant they lied to us. The implication of our tolerating it, was that it would change and stop being a pain. What they really meant was that we were to accept this alien death cult. We are to accept that our societies and culture are to be forever changed. Every time the muslims demand that we fall in line with their "sensitivities", they change our culture a bit. Whether the demand is for women to be allowed to show their support for terrorism, by wearing hijab, tudong, or burqa, or it is for state funding of their schools, or any one of the thousand little demands, of which we are expected to be tolerant. If you recognize the symbolism of their dress in public and speak up, you are "intolerant" or a "racist". If you object to yet another mosque changing the skyline of your city you are "intolerant", you are a "racist". If you object to your country dieing "the death by a thousand cuts", you are "intolerant", "small minded", a "racist".

It is time to let the muslims know that we too have sensitivities, that we have a limit to our tolerance. I do not want my children to be kaffirs in their own country. I do not want my daughters to be assaulted and raped because they do not wear a headscarf. I really don't like the idea that I am under sentence of death for thinking for myself and speaking my own truth.

I have reached the limits of my tolerance ...

So am I intolerant? Am I a racist?
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