Tolerance is a Floor, Not a Ceiling

Tolerance should never be mistaken as radically different from intolerance. Thomas Paine best responded to this common error in his book, “The Rights of Man”, when he wrote that tolerance was “not the opposite of Intolerance, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms.” The one, Paine wrote, assumes the right of withholding liberty, while the other assumes the right of granting it.

That’s For Sure

“We have spent the last 30-odd years arguing about sexuality – at least, that’s what we think we are arguing about. But over the years I have come to believe that the crux of the issue is not what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. The crux of the issue, for us, is what it means to be Presbyterian.” read more…