Freedom or Tolerance: choose one

This year we celebrate the 239th year of independence. In the beginning, the pilgrims wanted a free country where they could voice their opinions without fear of imprisonment, they wanted to be able to hold their convictions without fear of being hated. When they began to draft The Constitution of the United States of America, they had these things in the back of their minds—they didn’t want just another Great Britain. They decided upon freedom of speech, freedom to religion, human rights, freedom, freedom, freedom. They wanted to create a place in which they were free to do what they believed was right. This is essentially what America was created to be—a safe haven for people with strong conviction.

Over the years, the nature of America has changed. Instead of searching for the freedom to do what we believe is right, we have now begun to demand the freedom to do whatever we desire.

You want convenience over a child? We’ll legalize abortion and say murder is okay. You want to be a sex that you are not? We do trans-Jenner surgeries. (am I the only one who thinks of Suzanne Collins’ “Capitol” on this one?) You want to try and redefine marriage, legalize homosexuality, and then scream “HATERS” when anyone tries to disagree with you? Welcome to America. We’ll string rainbow lights across the White House for you.

As long as what you do doesn’t affect me, I honestly don’t care. You want to be gay? Be gay. You want to be trans-Rachel and “identify” with a race that you are not? Go for it, bro. You can do whatever you want, but that doesn’t mean that it’s right. I have my own issues, and I really don’t have the time and energy to worry about your life for you. But at the same time, my opinions don’t affect you. I can say what I want, believe what I want, live how I want and you shouldn’t care.

I can say that homosexuality is wrong because 1 Corinthians 6:9 says it and I believe it. It straight up says that homosexuals will not enter the kingdom of heaven. So why is it hateful of me to point out this verse in light of everything that has been going on lately, but not hateful of me to point out that murder is wrong?

You say that Hitler was an evil psychopath? Stop being so judgmental! That’s not loving! Those Jews were just an inconvenience to him. You think that those who molest little girls are wrong and disgusting? What happened to #lovewins? Maybe those men just love those little girls! That’s who they are! They were born that way! Who are you to judge them? You have your own problems that you need to fix, so stop hating on other people.

You see what happens when we follow this “love wins” logic? It’s not pretty. Though I don’t like Loki in the Avengers, he made a good point when he said “Freedom is man’s great lie.”

It seems as though we’re running down a slippery slope. No longer is America satisfied with freedom, we now want tolerance. Not only do we want the freedom to do whatever we desire, but we also want the opinions of all those that disagree to be shut up. That’s not freedom. You either get freedom for all, or no freedom for all. When you insist that your view of life cannot be attacked, you are insisting that freedom of speech needs to be taken away from Americans. Is that really what we want?

Here’s how Salman Rushdie puts it:

“If an individual in a free society no longer has the right to say that openly that he prefers one book over another, then that society no longer has the right to call itself free. To attack people’s ideologies or belief-systems is not to attack the people themselves. This is surely one of the foundation principles of an open society. Citizens have the right to complain about discrimination against themselves, but not about dissent, even strongly worded-impolite dissent, of their thoughts. There cannot be fences around ideas, philosophies, attitudes or beliefs.”

And my personal favorite is the quote by Bernard Goldberg:

“Here’s the problem, as far as I’m concerned: Over the years, as we become less close-minded and more tolerant of all the right things, like civil rights, somehow, we become discriminately tolerant. “You’re so judgmental” became a major-league put-down in Anything Goes America—as if being judgmental of crap in the culture is a bad thing.”

So basically, instead of progressing and becoming a more civilized nation, we’re really just going back to how things were back in Great Britain, and then Rome before that. Can we please stop? Because all of this is making me want to go find a vacant island, found a new America and start over from the beginning again.

Let’s be smart, America. It’s okay to use logic every now and then instead of flying about by our fickle emotions. The freedom of our nation is called into question when we start insisting that others silence their beliefs. Tolerance is actually intolerance because in order for one person to insist that a second person be tolerant, the first person is being intolerant by not tolerating the intolerance of the second person. And intolerance is not freedom.

You can believe what you want, and I will not attack you. I probably don’t agree with you, but I’m not going to call you names or lash out at you. I’m not even going to be offended by you unless you start infringing on my rights and telling me that I have to be quiet because you want to be intolerant.

So next time someone states their opinions and convictions on a topic and someone else calls them a narrow-minded bigot, just remember that it takes one to know one.

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