Why am I regularly accused of being a bigot? Perhaps I am! Here is the definition of the term bigot as supplied by dictionary.com:
“Bigot: A person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, religion or opinion.”
Here I will explain why I think I am not a bigot. Quite simply, I am not utterly intolerant of different creeds, religions or opinions. I hear them very often and place myself in a position to have them spoken to me simply by virtue of writing about my own opinion. In order to be a bigot I would have to be utterly intolerant of these opposing views.
Can anyone demonstrate my utter intolerance?
A further step is needed now however. To be intolerant means to not be tolerant. What does it mean to tolerate something? Again, here is the definition supplied by dictionary.com:
“Tolerate: to allow the existence, presence, practice, or act of without prohibition or hindrance; permit.”
Can it be said that I do not allow the existence, presence, practice or actions of people without prohibition or hindrance? Partly.
Here is the crux of the matter. I disagree with people about whether certain things are morally acceptable. Things which are not morally acceptable should not be allowed. Society does not allow murder, pedophilia, incest, rape, theft or any number of other things. We are, quite rightly, not very tolerant of people murdering other people. So society prohibits the practice of all of the above.
In order for someone to fairly accuse me of being a bigot, they would have to demonstrate how I am intolerant and in order to do this they would then have to show how the particular disagreement differs from the above, very healthy, examples of “tolerated intolerance.”
Am I a bigot? No, I am not. Am I intolerant of certain behaviors? Yes I am.
So is everyone.
Let me preempt the people who think they have an easy answer. Homosexuality, as a behavior, is not morally acceptable according to the Christian worldview. If you disagree then you are free to explain why you think homosexual behavior is acceptable within the Christian worldview. If you would like to reject the Christian worldview then please suggest your own. Please bear in mind that your suggested worldview should explain the following parts of reality:
- Origin of Life
- Purpose of Life
- Destiny of Life
I am quite interested in the thinking of other people and so you are very welcome to explain your worldview to me.
Of course, some people will simply want to discard the Christian worldview. If this is your position then please do not bother. Unless you can supply good reasons and a sound alternative, then you will not have meaningfully contributed anything to the conversation. Likewise, if you would prefer to spend your time being the big boy or girl behind the keyboard, please take your hollow accusations elsewhere. Reading my blog and responding to it is your choice. Displaying your responses is my choice.