Here's from Webster, a good ol' American dictionary Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary

Intolerance
In*tol"er*ance\, n. [L. intolerantia impatience, unendurableness: cf. F. intol['e]rance.]

1. Want of capacity to endure; as, intolerance of light.

2. The quality of being intolerant; refusal to allow to others the enjoyment of their opinions, chosen modes of worship, and the like; want of patience and forbearance; illiberality; bigotry; as, intolerance shown toward a religious sect.

So how can intolerance reveal itself?

Some have said that Christianity is intolerant of the lesbian and gay communities. And for this reason, is not to be 'tolerated' here at Male Survivor.

I submit that is a belief rooted in poor thinking - called 'stereotyping'.

The following shows an Episcopalian Christian church ordaining a gay bishop.

http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/08/05/bishop/

Here's one where gay ministers are ordained in a Presbyterian church:

http://www.mlp.org/article.php?story=20080625051355454

Here's one where Unitarians are openly welcoming gays to serve:

http://www.firstunitariantoronto.org/index.htm

Here's one where the United Church endorses gay marriage and has ordained gay and lesbian ministers since 1988:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2003/08/14/uc_gay_marriage030814.html

Here's a Lutheran group ordaining gays:

http://www.elm.org/

Before people take pot shots at all Christianity with the "Christians are bigots" brush, please consider turning that brush on yourself when you say "Christians are such and such" or "Christians believe such and such". Maybe before you justify these stereotyped assertions to yourself, you need to become more 'learned' about the breadth of belief that exists in the Christian faith.

I say 'accept' instead of 'love' here because in previous posts by some atheists and others, 'accept' was the operative concept that needs rooting out - in truth, 'love' is closer to the mark, but I thought I'd get too much flack from invoking a concept that could be construed as being mere 'Christian' love. What is meant by 'accept' is 'to marry and to allow to lead congregations and hold all power positions in the Church' just as non gay leaders can do.



Edited by hogan_dawg (07/13/08 12:21 PM)
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I can say unequivocally that the lie of "To truly heal you must first forgive" has derailed more victims than the abusers themselves.
Andrew Vachs, 2003