Totalitarian "Tolerance"

by Will

LibertyMinute January 20 2014

InCalifornia, a veteran actress named Maria Conchita Alonso was fired from a theater production after she made an advertisement endorsing a Tea Party-backed conservative candidate for governor. This decision wasn't made on her professional merits, nor was it dictated by market concerns. It was purely the product of political considerations: The producers and cast of the play wanted to shun Miss Alonso because of her supposed political heresy. If conservatives treated a liberal actress this way, the air would be rent with outraged criticism of a political ?blacklist.?

In New York, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo used a recent radio interview to endorse the banishment of people he characterized as ?extreme? right-wingers. According to Cuomo, Republican Party candidates and voters ?who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? are ?extreme conservatives [who] have no place in the state ofNew York, because that?s not who New Yorkers are.?

These episodes illustrate the difference between toleration ? a willingness to endure disagreements and live with the shortcomings of others ? and what the collectivist Left calls ?tolerance,? which is a doctrine of conformity invoked to justify the suppression of viewpoints considered to be insufficiently progressive.

People who make a fetish of tolerance often do so to disguise a totalitarian disposition.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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