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It seems to me that no one in the pro-tolerance movement truly understands the meaning of the word tolerance. Webster’s defines it as, “sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with ones own; the act of allowing something.” Nowhere does it say, join your belief with theirs and call it good.

As a born-again Christian, I am called to be tolerant of all beliefs, no matter if I agree with them or not. To show the love of Christ to all people is what Jesus said, and frankly, those who bomb abortion clinics and scream at gays that they’re going to Hell are not walking the path set by Christ. How do you convince people of God’s love for them using hate and violence?

The Boy Scouts, like this country, were conceived and built on a belief in God, which includes tolerance for all. However, the right to choose those whom you would have lead should be totally up to those within the program. Would the gay rights movement want a Christian in charge of their agenda? Highly doubtful. How about a pro-lifer responsible for writing the pro-choice leaflets? Think again.

So where is the tolerance for the Boy Scouts? Haven’t they stated their preferences for leaders? Don’t they have the same right to “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” that everyone else wants? Forcing your beliefs down someone else’s throat doesn’t work (just look at the Crusades of the Middle Ages). I, for one, am tired of hearing about what I need to accept and incorporate into my own belief structure as good. What we all need is a dose of tolerance, per Merriam-Webster.


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