September 12th, 2010

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What Religious Tolerance Means To Me

OK, I gotta bunch of work to do. But a quick flip through f'list shows that a bunch of folks decided to make yesterday "religious tolerance day." Aside from the conjunction of Rosh Hashanna and Eid Al Fitr, the recent rather embarrassing (to me, as an American) spat of open Islamophobia makes this appropriate.

Curiously, however, most of the folks on my f'list talking about "religious tolerance" are people who themselves profess not to be particularly religious, but have an idea of what they they think other people ought to tolerate. Which is fine. We all have opinions, and we all have to live together (that is what politics is about at its highest level). However, as a religious person, I will describe what religious tolerance means for me.
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