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Tolerance must come from both sides

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Tolerance must come from both sides

"The Bible should never be used to promote or oppose legislation and public policy," according to Mr. Fanella in the March 24 Fence Post. Well then, what should we use? Karl Marx? Magic 8-Ball? Scooby-Doo? What source of truth does Mr. Fanella suggest?

Opponents of the Bible, like Mr. Fanella, seldom tell us what they base their own beliefs and decisions on. Instead, they throw out loaded terms like bigot or intolerant. Based on what? Based on the fact that people who use the Bible as their source of truth do not believe the same things that they believe.

Does that seem a little intolerant to you? Those who hold up tolerance as a virtue don't seem to think so. They seem to feel that actually believing what the Bible says is such an egregious act of intolerance that Christians are not entitled to be treated tolerantly.

Ironically, gay rights supporters like Mr. Fanella really don't even care about tolerance anymore. We're moved past that point to acceptance. Besides, tolerance presupposes that there is some disagreement and gay rights supporters will no longer tolerate any disagreement, which is why they are so concerned with getting the Bible out of the public arena. So if we get rid of the Bible, what is left? I guess Shaggy and Scooby are still available.

Scott Schmidt

Arlington Heights

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