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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Tolerance: a civic virtue

In my neck of the country, Valentine's Day celebrations have disappeared from public education alongside Halloween, Christmas, Easter, Hannukah, and everything else. Pretty pathetic, if  you ask me. Kids like to have fun and Valentine's Day hasn't been a religious holiday for decades if not longer!

I don't understand why Christians aren't acknowledged the right to be offended (by the left) when their beliefs are confronted either with the nature of scientific instruction or by the removal of any remotely religious element in public education, while those who are offended by any religious "instruction" are allowed the right to change education for everyone else.

Here's the deal. If atheists or agnostics or secularists don't want to believe in God, that's fine. If they want to teach their children not to believe in religion, that's also fine. But when they want to teach my children and any other child that religion is to be shunned, mocked, and ridiculed (with the help of the ever-complicit liberal media) that's not fine at all. I've said this before. Tolerance is a two-way street. No, I do not approve of the sentiment expressed in the bumper sticker below: tolerance should not be conditional.

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