I was walking home today and I saw an interesting bumper sticker which I thought was rather ironic.
It stated: Tolerance. Believe in it.
And I thought—is tolerance really tolerance unless it tolerates intolerance?
What do you think? Is it possible to force tolerance onto a group of people with legislation and still consider it tolerance?
No, tolerance doesn't mean you have to like or endorse differing views, but it means you can't interfere with or disrespect them. That's the way I view tolerance. So when you frame intolerance itself as a philosophical position, to speak out against it is inherently intolerant.
Funny concept, huh? People who speak out against intolerance are themselves intolerant, since by speaking out, they fail to respect the opposing position, and ironically are unwittingly opposing themselves.