Tolerance: a term deployed by liberals when trying to promote acceptance of those whose politics, cultural norms, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from the majority of Britons; a term not applicable to evangelical Christians, defence of marriage supporters, right to lifers, and generally anyone who disagrees with the political establishment and media elite.
Tolerance once meant you were willing to abide behaviours in others which you found objectionable. Then it came to mean not judging such behaviours at all. Then it moved on to respecting them. Now, it has come to mean celebrating them, often at the cost of what was once held to be central. If you refuse to celebrate that which you think is unhealthy or wrong then the proponents of toleration will do their level best to stifle your previously free expression of opinion.
One favourite tactic which social, political and religious liberals often use in order to suppress debate is to label opponents mentally unstable. If you are opposed to homosexual marriage you are labelled ‘homophobic’ or suffering from a psychological malady the symptoms of which are an unreasoning fear of homosexuals. If you speak out against the increasing influence of radical Islam amongst Muslims in the West you are labelled ‘Islamophobic,’ another psychological malady. The list is endless.
This tactic has it’s own perverted logic borrowed from the old USSR. There dissidents were routinely confined to mental institutions. After all, if you objected to the way the USSR was run you were obviously deranged, wasn’t it a paradise upon earth. In the West today if your opponent has a ‘phobia’ then there is no need to listen to them or consider their opinions. A very effective way of shutting off open debate and enforcing one limited viewpoint.
There is a simple response to accusations of Islamophobia or any other ‘phobia’ from the liberally intolerant. Simply ask: Who has an unreasoning fear of radical Islam, the person who speaks out openly concerning its dangers, or the person who is afraid to acknowledge those dangers? Who is afraid of radical Islam, the elderly Danish cartoonist who mocked Muhammad, or the Yale University Press which last year refused to publish the cartoons in a scholarly tome by professor Jytte Klausen devoted to the incident?