Intolerantly Tolerant

Tolerance: it is perhaps the most esteemed virtue in a pluralistic society. The belief that everyone is entitled to live how they want without objection from others seems self-evident. What could be more American? How could any intellectually enlightened individual not hold to such a view?

The problem with modern-day tolerance is that at its core, it is a logically inconsistent position. It requires you to be intellectually dishonest. How else could you conclude that a word which, by definition, means having a “fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own,” makes it is acceptable to rail against those who hold to moral absolutes? Unless, of course, you’re not all that tolerant yourself.