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Sunday, December 18, 2005

If You're A Liberal Then This Is Just Another View That Deserves Respect

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's denial of the Holocaust is a matter for academic discussion and the West should be more tolerant of his views, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman said on Sunday. Read the rest of this article and then explain how, if you are a practitioner of contemporary liberal thought, you can do anything but accept without rebuke his statements. If "tolerance" is the sacred cow, then what else can a lefty do but tolerate this point of view? The answer, which escapes the simple-minded, is that tolerance is to be applied to opinions and beliefs taken on faith such as, "In my opinion, chocolate is better than vanilla" or "I believe there is an afterlife." Not to unacceptance of empirical truths such as "In my view, 2+2=5" or "George Bush is responsible for more deaths than Hitler."

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