In this thread, I made a bad analogy, to which the wise and gracious Polycarp replied:
First of all, I want to apologize again if I offended anyone with the original comment.
I didn’t want to discuss this exchange further in Snark Hunter’s thread, since he had asked a valid question, and I thought it deserved everyone’s full attention. However…
Although I do agree with Poly’s statement above, I just have the feeling there’s a GD there. I certainly respect the right of others to believe what they will (with the understanding that their right to believe stops short of it interfering with someone else’s same right or legislating their beliefs so that everyone must behave according to that particular code), but I’m not sure I always tolerate other folks beliefs. For example: the woman who lives next to my parents is an absolute loony, Bible-thumping, brain-dead Fundamentalist Christian. The kind that gives all Christians in general, and FCs in particular, a bad name. I absolutely accept that this works for her. What I’m questioning is whether I can truly be said to tolerate those beliefs, since I will go out of my way to end a conversation as it wends its way to her proseletyzing me. Ditto my mother, who is a much more liberal Christian, but with whom I have had several rough conversations on the subject of religion recently. I respect that her faith works for her. I do not want her trying to convince me.
I’m not just talking about proseletyzation, though - the next-door neighbor once said, “well, we wanted a new piano so we prayed for it and God gave it to us.” :rolleyes: <- my reaction to this statement, then and now.
Do we have to tolerate to accept? If we accept, is it presumed we tolerate?