[extropy-chat] Tyranny in place
fauxever at sprynet.com
Tue Oct 3 03:57:28 UTC 2006
From: "spike" <spike66 at comcast.net>
Sent: Monday, October 02, 2006 8:35 PM
> This is a paradox that we cannot solve with our usual tools. Logic simply
> fails. What happens when a society of religious freedom is confronted by
> a religion that does not allow religious freedom? Does universal
> tolerance mean we tolerate intolerance?
Freedom of religion in the USA only guarantees that one can believe in a
religion of one's choosing or one's ethnic background - that is not to say
that the religions themselves are necessarily very "free" (as their devotees
may voluntarily subject themselves to a host of privations - sexual
abstinence, fasts, prohibition on eating certain foods, etc.).
It is our freedom of speech that allows for tolerating intolerance, e.g.:
However, respecting one's right to a particular view does not mean we
necessarily must respect that - or any particular - view.
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