The Hypocrisy of Tolerance

In the past decade, there has been significant change in the attitude towards a variety of social issues. One of the most prominent is the pursuit by the Gay and Lesbian groups for the legal right to marriage. This shift to acceptance and tolerance of individuals with varying sexual orientations has been a positive shift towards equality for these individuals. However, with this acknowledgement of the discrimination imposed by denying this right, and the remedies being put in place to ensure this right for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation, there has been a significant shift towards discriminating against Christians and other groups whom based upon the tenants of their faith as they choose to practice it do not view homosexuality as an accepted norm.

What we see in society now, is an all-out assault on the individual liberties of people who view homosexuality as a sin based on the teaching of Christianity. This is where the hypocrisy begins.

The supporters of homosexuality are demanding that people who disagree with homosexuality and who practice their faith without direct or indirect discrimination be demonized for not personally accepting homosexuality as a sexual orientation.

What we have is one group of people who were discriminated against for decades, now seeking to force their beliefs and way of life onto others in ways that discriminate and violate individuals’ freedom of religion and to practice said religion without discrimination or retaliation.

“The Declaration of Independence specifically mentions three rights which human beings possess by birth or by nature-life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. No one may rightfully deny us these things. Nor, since they are “unalienable,” may we rightfully surrender them.

The Declaration says that these three rights are “among” our natural rights. We have others in addition. Among the most important of these are the rights of conscience and property. These are among the rights specifically guaranteed in the Constitution’s first ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights.

The right of conscience means religious freedom. As explained in the Virginia Declaration of Rights of 1776: “religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience.” Each of us has a right to worship God in his own way and time.”

Source: Founding.com: A Project of the Claremont Institute (Founding.com: A Project of the Claremont Institute) Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

LGBT groups have petitioned for their equal protection under the law against discrimination for their personal beliefs and / or way of life. They have fought for the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These rights are not limited to any one person or group.

The fact that one group may represent a larger percentage of the population does not reduce that groups equal right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

If one believes in the individual right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, then it should be reasonably understood that we must protect and defend the rights of all people regardless of whether or not we agree with their beliefs. This is how equality works in society and we must all strive to promote and practice unbiased tolerance to achieve a harmonious balance in our society.

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