Monday, July 30, 2007

Tolerating intolerance

Fantastic article on Slate today that points out the illogic of searching for a "moderate" Islam (and a "moderate" Christianity, for that matter.)

A couple quotes that are spot on:

Why, then, should we be commanded to "respect" those who insist that they alone know something that is both unknowable and unfalsifiable? Something, furthermore, that can turn in an instant into a license for murder and rape?


The enemies of intolerance cannot be tolerant, or neutral, without inviting their own suicide.

Not much to add personally, since Hitchens nails this topic as well as I could hope to. As soon as you abandon logic, as soon as you give yourself over to mystical beliefs that overshadow the importance of life become an immediate danger to yourself and others. And that danger is not something to tolerate - it's something we must actively protect ourselves against, or die.


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