Intolerant Liberal?

A few days back, news about a bakery refusing to bake for a lesbian couple became public.I know, nothing new about this. What’s shocking is that the State is requesting the owners of the bakery to pay a fine of US$135000 for causing emotional damage to the lesbian couple. What happened to being tolerant and non bigotry? Surely this goes beyond being liberal. As Kirsten Powers mentions in her book,

“The illiberal left, on the other hand, believes that people who express ideological, philosophical, or political views that don’t line up with their preferences should be completely silenced.Instead of using persuasion and rhetoric to make a positive case for their causes and views, they work to delegitimize the person making the argument through character assassination, demonization and dehumanizing tatics. These are self appointed overlords – activists, university administrators, journalist, and politicians – who have determined what views are acceptable to express. So shut up – or else.” (Kirsten Powers, The Silencing – How The Left Is Killing Free Speech)

If this is the direction that we are going, and if this is what it means to be progressing, then I think we are in deep trouble. This should be a concern not just for people who are religious but also for those who are not. Essentially what is being eradicated is the freedom to have differing views. A world where only one view is allowed to be expressed cannot progress. If tolerance is truly to be fought for, then that must entail a tolerance for different beliefs even if there are disagreements. After all, that is the definition of tolerance. For those interested in the case, here a link.

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