Published August 26, 2010
So AP writer Allen Breed begins his recent mosque piece by defining the word "tolerance." It's a traditional rhetorical device, one we learned back in sixth grade while plagiarizing the Encyclopedia Britannica.
His piece focuses on religion, of course, but not Islam, Christianity or even my favorite, "the universal life force of the Grand Unicorn."
His all powerful religion? Tolerance.
Of course, for him, tolerance can only play one way. I mean, I doubt Breed would mention tolerance to the mosque developers.
Instead, true to the predictable mind grazing on hysterical clichés, he harkens back to the witch trials — the most overused example of intolerance ever — and one that probably deserved it most. I mean, witches suck.
Breed then quotes a reverend who says this is all due to a "dominant religious lens factor," meaning, when one group thinks their religion is better than others. He knows this, since he's a Wiccan, a practitioner of a cult populated by veiny spinsters with cats. I guess the writer wouldn't find an imam tolerant enough to grant a Wiccan an interview. Or maybe he didn't look.
After all, it would be a sign of intolerance to question the intolerant, especially when their intolerance is protected by intolerance! Instead, focus on us; or witches. I loved Elizabeth Montgomery.
But look, intolerance is not the issue. Think about your pal who can have any girl he wants, but chooses to go after the girl dating you. There tolerance doesn't enter the equation. Being a jerk does.
And that's what this is all about. Tolerance now serves as a condom for jerks seeking protection from their own jerkiness. I'd use it myself, but they don't make one in my size.
And if you disagree with me, you're a racist homophobe.