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Tolerance is a dirty word

Posted by Stephen on February 20, 2007

A rant on events of the day….

In 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King was gunned down for speaking out against oppression of a people and segregation.

Steven Biko was murdered in 1977 for speaking out against the brutality of apartheid. He spoke of black consciousness and frightened the South African government.

On Tuesday Zilla Huma Usman, the minister for social welfare in Punjab province and an ally of President Pervez Musharraf, was shot to death as she was about to deliver a speech to dozens of party activists, by a fanatic, who believed that she was dressed inappropriately and that women should not be involved in politics, reported Fox News.

The gunman, Mohammad Sarwar, appeared relaxed and calm when he told a television channel that he had carried out God’s order to kill women who sinned.

“I have no regrets. I just obeyed Allah’s commandment,” he said, adding that Islam did not allow women to hold positions of leadership. “I will kill all those women who do not follow the right path, if I am freed again,” he said.

What is it that drives us to hate without conscience?

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in a recent report said that violence against women had increased alarmingly, with some of the incidents incited by Mullahs opposed to women’s emancipation.

In Iraq religious intolerance is exemplified daily on the streets of Baghdad. Sunnis killing Shiite Muslims, and Shiite militias patrolling streets looking for revenge for decades of murder ordered by Saddam Hussein, are the order of the day.

It is hard to comprehend the mind so deviant, so hate filled, so frightened and insecure that murder and genocide are part of the natural order of their lives. Yet, these stories are a part of the history of every nation on earth today.

Fanatics fly airplanes into buildings in NY City and the Pentagon, killing more then 3,000 people, and before the smoke clears we are blamed because those that directed the horror of that day don’t like our policies or our presence in foreign lands. In response this country invaded Afghanistan and used it as a precursor to war in Iraq.

Citizens protest the war by burning American flags on college campuses and universities call it free speech. Students at San Francisco State University held an anti-terror rally and burned Hezbollah flags, and the university wants to sensor them. I am left feeling as though it would have been fine with leaders at SFSU if the flags would have been our stars and stripes.

Free speech, apparently, is only protected if the controlling parties happen to agree with the form of expression and the message being sent. Tolerance, then, is measured. ‘I’ll be tolerant as long as I agree with you’ is the mantra of the new millennium.

It is that type of fear that allows governments to expand power, repeal civil rights, and for people to find comfort in racism, and excuses for discrimination on the grounds that we must increase security.

How could we have gotten it so wrong in such a short period of time?

This rant of intolerance for intolerance was brought to you by, Stephen Winslow, the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.


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