Who will the thought police come for next? Is there any room left in our culture for thoughtful and principled disagreement? Whatever happened to tolerance? Recently USA today columnist Kirsten Powers published an article entitled “Liberals’ Dark Ages.” In this episode of the intersection podcast, we will talk about why Christians should be aware of the increasing trend of people being silenced in the public square because they happen to hold an unpopular point of view and how loving our neighbor well requires us to stand up for people’s rights—especially those with whom we disagree. “We have slipped into an age of un-enlightenment where you fall in line behind the mob or face the consequences. How ironic that the persecutors this time around are the so-called intellectuals. They claim to be liberal while behaving as anything but. The touchstone of liberalism is tolerance of differing ideas. Yet this mob exists to enforce conformity of thought and to delegitimize any dissent from its sanctioned worldview. Intolerance is its calling card…. Got that? A college educator with the right opinions can attack a high school student and keep her job. A corporate executive with the wrong opinions loses his for making a campaign donation. Something is very wrong here.As the mob gleefully destroys people’s lives, its members haven’t stopped to ask themselves a basic question: What happens when they come for me? If history is any guide, that’s how these things usually end.” Read the whole article by Kirsten Powers here. Resources on Tolerance, Free Speech, and Civil Society – Why Everyone Needs The Right To Be Wrong – The Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It by Os Guinness – The Manhattan Declaration
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