A 'right' to be intolerant?

The blog Grrrl Meets World has an thought-provoking post about people who claim that they have a "right" to be intolerant; namely, a right to speak out against homosexuality, even when it is done in a way that it contravenes anti-discrimination laws.

Many of the observations she makes also seem to apply to other religions and viewpoints - not just about homosexuality.

Food for thought (click the link above to read her entire post):

How many times has hate been spread, all under the guise of religious piety?

Why does there have to be an ultimatium when it comes to the public practice of religion (particularly, Christianity)? It's seen as all or nothing -- if you want to censor the hateful and discrimatory parts of a religion, then you're viewed as attempting to suppress the whole faith system, including the positive giving/loving/encouraging aspects of it.

In many religions, you'll find a version of The Golden Rule -- do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It's such a simple, foundational concept, but it's ignored when we turn people different from us into the Other. When we objectify them as "Other," we forget about the golden rule, and sacrifice our fellow human beings to our religious ideologies.

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