‘Tolerance’…gone astray

Mere tolerance, said G.K. Chesterton, “is the virtue of men who no longer believe in anything.”  It is certainly not a virtue to tolerate evil.  Perhaps it is fear or cowardice disguised as toleration.  There is truth and there are lies.  Jesus’ saying, “Judge not lest you be judged,” has been misused and distorted.  We are to carefully discern good from evil.  We are not, of course, to judge the soul of another.  Still, it is essential to judge behavior.  Patrick J. Buchanan says in his book THE DEATH OF THE WEST:

“…our new faith is tolerant only about what it considers inconsequential: sex, pornography, filthy language, boorish manners, slovenly dress, and obscene art.  It has no tolerance for those who defy its secularist dogmas.”

Buchanan goes on to say:

“In the new dispensation you can make a movie depicting Jesus Christ as a wimp who lusts after Mary Magdalene, as in THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST.  But do not try to say anything about Mohammed.”

A local druggist may sell condoms to thirteen-year-olds, but sell cigarettes to the same kids and you will be prosecuted for endangering their health and imperiling their morals.  Books that proclaim things such as ‘God is dead,’ or that St. Paul was a homosexual, or that celibacy is crippling, or that Pope Pius XII was ‘Hitler’s Pope,’ will attract warm reviews for ‘boldness,’ ‘creativity,’ and ‘irreverence.’  According to this author “there is a militant spirit of modernist orthodoxy.”   We pray that the Word of God may illuminate our minds and hearts so that we may “put on the mind of Christ” and “lead all thoughts captive to Christ.”

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