So, in last week’s conversation, we ran into a possible impasse concerning tolerance. The issue surrounded Rick Warren and his invitation to pray at Obama’s Inauguration. Yesterday, the AP ran this story, which demonstrates precisely what I was saying in last week’s posts (and comments). Rick Warren is actually viewed as a model for tolerance, even though he is against gay marriage. For some, these categories are inherently contradictory. But that contradiction does not spring from any reasonable foundation; it springs from a predetermined notion about the definition of tolerance, namely, that it must include the approval of gay relationships.
Thus, this story illustrates, once again, the point I have been making. Tolerance is an unworkable idea because it does not depend either on reason or revelation; it is grounded in preference only. Tolerance can be imposed, but it cannot be just. It is merely a political power play which confuses more than it helps.