Matthew R. Perry

Tolerant Intolerance (or is that Intolerant Tolerance?)

In Culture on March 22, 2006 at 7:31 pm

Isaac Hayes, and entertainer by trade and scientologist by religious preference, recently quit his animated voicing duties at on “South Park” because an episode made a parody of scientology.  Isaac Hayes said he couldn’t tolerate the show’s religious “intolerance and bigotry.”  Matt Stone, creator of South Park, noted, “This is 100 percent having to do with his faith … He has no problem — and he’s cashed plenty of checks — with our show making fun of Christians.” (Newsweek, March 27, 2006, p. 23). 

The watchword in our society is ‘tolerance.’  But tolerance for most folks only goes so far — they desire tolerance for their own mindsets, yet they are intolerant for those who actually have the audacity (sarcasm intended) to say something against their beliefs.  In our day, not only does something have to be accepted and tolerated, it has to be seen as right.  Nothing is wrong nor should it be made fun of— if you say so, you’re being intolerant and not playing nice. 

We see this during election cycles.  Some folks stand up and say some terrible things about our President (whether W or Clinton or Reagan or Nixon — whoever) and they say they are invoking free speech.  But if someone else stands up and disagrees with these folks, then they are called down for disagreeing.  Where’s the tolerance?  Why are they not defended in their free speech — even if they disagree?

We Christians have to know we will be made fun of and persecuted for our faith (2 Timothy 3:12).  People will mock and make fun.  But instead of ‘standing up for our rights,’ let’s just keep living the live knowing this will happen, but realize that God will repay whatever is done to us.  Let’s keep our eyes on Him rather than on man’s opinion. 



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