Is opposing Intolerance actually Intolerance?

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Recent observations and ‘discussions’ with anti-gay marriage debaters have led me to believe that some of them are genuinely baffled as to why others don’t appreciate their hardline, discriminatory stance. It would seem that by refusing to accept a religious-based argument for denying people rights, myself (and others who do not feel religion is an excuse to deny the rights of others) are being ‘judgemental’ and ‘hateful’.

There is resentment over the apparent vilification of Kim Davis and her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, with some observers claiming her jailing was in fact motivated by her beliefs, and quite worryingly, Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and has come out with a statement that this affair is part of the criminalisation of Christianity.

What this is really about is a thinly disguised attempt to block rights, then argue that religious freedoms are being curtailed if anyone speaks out against blocking rights. It is an attempt to justify a discriminatory (and at times, violently so) attitude, hiding behind their religious beliefs (or sometimes because of them) to use as a shield from criticism, crying ‘you’re not respecting my beliefs!’ when someone challenges them.

To put it bluntly, it’s a cowardly attempt to hide a bigoted agenda behind their beliefs.

I’ll end this post with this:

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