can intolerance be tolerated?
Today is the 3rd day of the 26th week, the 26th day of the 6th month, the 177th day of 2018
ON THIS DAY:
4 – Augustus adopts Tiberius.
699 – En no Ozuno, a Japanese mystic and apothecary who will later be regarded as the founder of a folk religion Shugendō, is banished to Izu Ōshima.
1409 – Western Schism: The Roman Catholic Church is led into a double schism as Petros Philargos is crowned Pope Alexander V after the Council of Pisa, joining Pope Gregory XII in Rome and Pope Benedict XII in Avignon.
1843 – Treaty of Nanking comes into effect, Hong Kong Island is ceded to the British "in perpetuity".
1857 – The first investiture of the Victoria Cross in Hyde Park, London.
1870 – The Christian holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States.
1886 – Henri Moissan isolated elemental Fluorine for the first time.
1889 – Bangui is founded by Albert Dolisie and Alfred Uzac in what was then the upper reaches of the French Congo.
1906 – The first Grand Prix motor racing event held.
1909 – The Science Museum in London comes into existence as an independent entity.
1919 - The New York Daily News was first published.
1925 - Charlie Chaplin's comedy "The Gold Rush" premiered in Hollywood.
1925 - ES Ted Rogers Sr invents the alternating-current tube which allows plug-in batteryless radios; the RB call sign of his radio station CFRB means 'Rogers Batteryless.'
1927 – The Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island.
1934 – United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Federal Credit Union Act, which establishes credit unions.
1936 – Initial flight of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first practical helicopter.
1942 – The first flight of the Grumman F6F Hellcat.
1945 – The United Nations Charter is signed by 50 Allied nations in San Francisco, California.
1948 – William Shockley files the original patent for the grown-junction transistor, the first bipolar junction transistor.
1948 – Shirley Jackson's short story The Lottery is published in The New Yorker magazine.
1959 – Swedish boxer Ingemar Johansson becomes world champion of heavy weight boxing, by defeating American Floyd Patterson on technical knockout after two minutes and three seconds in the third round at Yankee Stadium.
1959 - Queen Elizabeth and President Eisenhower inaugurate the St Lawrence Seaway in Canada that connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic.
1977 – Elvis Presley held his final concert in Indianapolis, Indiana at Market Square Arena
2000 – The Human Genome Project announces the completion of a "rough draft" sequence.
2000 – Pope John Paul II reveals the third secret of Fátima.
Quote of the day:
“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.”
~ Gilda Rander, American comedian, writer, actress, and one of seven original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live
I grew up being taught that one needed to be tolerant of others – tolerant of differing points of view, tolerant of different beliefs, tolerant of different races, tolerant of different nationalities. Of course, I ended up taking that creed a bit further than some of my family was happy with and espoused toleration for different lifestyles and expressed toleration a bit more actively. I brought up my kids to be tolerant, and hopefully to be polite. So the spate of recent articles about how tolerance actually encourages and promotes dictatorship and injustice has me a bit befuddled. How could simple good manners go so awry?
It isn’t just the way the politicians castigate each other as the spawn of the Devil incarnate. It isn’t just the way the US President rants and rails daily on Twitter. It isn’t just the constant barrage of white people calling 911 or blasting anyone who doesn’t look like them, telling them to “go home” even if their home is here. No, it is the moral and ethical dilemma presented by the request to serve someone who themselves are intolerant. The Supreme Court has said a baker does not have to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because it would violate their belief. So should I be outraged that a member of this administration, who has actively promoted what I consider heartless policies and spouted numerous “alternative facts” was not served in a restaurant? Should I be condemnatory that a Congresswoman has called for more and more people to emulate The Red Hen and make those who support Trump bear the cost of that support? Where does my tolerance end? Is loathing one’s politics any better or worse than despising one’s sexual orientation? If I express intolerance for those I find intolerant, am I descending to their level? And if I DON’T express my intolerance, then am I enabling those I feel are doing wrong?
My head hurts
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