Posts Tagged ‘tolerance’

Tolerance currently occupies a very high place in Western societies: it is considered unsophisticated and socially awkward, even contemptible, to question it. In The Intolerance of Tolerance, however, questioning tolerance — or, at least, contemporary understandings of tolerance — is exactly what D. A . Carson does.

Carson traces the subtle but enormous shift in the way we have come to understand tolerance over recent years — from defending the rights of those who hold different beliefs to affirming all beliefs as equally valid and correct. He looks back at the history of this shift and discusses its implications for culture today, especially its bearing on democracy, discussions about good and evil, and Christian truth claims.

Using real-life examples that will sometimes arouse laughter and sometimes make the blood boil, Carson argues not only that the “new tolerance” is socially dangerous and intellectually debilitating but also that it actually leads to genuine intolerance of all who struggle to hold fast to their beliefs.

AlbertMohler.com – Thinking in Public. Listen to full audio here.

 

The decision of the Girl Scouts of America to admit Bobby Montoya, a boy (yes, a boy in the Girl Scouts) has met with considerable controversy.  Several southern scout troupes have dissolved their charters in protest.

A girl, identified as Taylor, caused major headlines by calling for a Girl Scout USA boycott, in a YouTube video, based on this issue.

“Right now, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A…is not being honest with us girls, its troops, its leaders, its parents or the American public. Girl Scouts describes itself as an all-girl experience. With that label, families trust that the girls will be in an environment that is not only nurturing and sensitive to girls’ needs, but also safe for girls. I am asking you to take action with me and boycott Girl Scout Cookies. I ask all fellow Girl Scouts who want a true, all-girl experience not to sell any Girl Scouts cookies until GSUSA (Girl Scouts of the USA) addresses our concerns. I ask all parents who want their girls to be in a safe environment to tell their leaders why you will not allow your girls to make any more money for GSUSA.”

The video was prompted by the case of Bobby Montoya, whose mother told a CNN affiliate in October that a troop leader initially told her that Bobby couldn’t join the troop because Bobby “has boy parts,” even though her child identifies as a girl. The Girl Scouts of Colorado blamed the initial decision to exclude the child on ignorance of the scouts’ policy. The state scouts said Bobby was welcome to join Girl Scouts. “If a child identifies as a girl and the child’s family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout,” said the Colorado Girl Scouts, in a statement to a CNN affiliate.

This clip has since been removed from YouTube – likely due to persecution from the increasingly violent American pro-gay, pro-LGBT lobby. You can speak freely in America, as long as you promote non-biblical sexual views. For more information, from “Girl Scouts for girls”-perspective see the Honest Girl Scouts site.

Check out Line of Fire Radio. Listen to full audio here.