Tolerance of intolerance/religion

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About

The concept of tolerance of intolerance is most often used in defense of religious bigotry.

Examples

  • A licensed pharmacist who is Catholic refuses to dispense birth control, stating that it is against their religion.
    • Critics argue that the pharmacist has no right to do this: accepting the job of pharmacist implies an obligation to dispense the appropriate medications for any given need, regardless of what personal beliefs the pharmacist might have about the morality of said medications. The pharmacist's other option is to quit and find other employment.
    • Defenders of religious rights describe this criticism as "intolerant" or "bigoted".
  • A business whose owners are conservative Christians refuses to hire gays because it is against their religion.
    • Critics say this is bigoted and argue that although the business may have the legal right to do this, it is harmful and unnecessary and therefore the business should be subject to boycott in order to discourage the practice of discriminating against gays.
    • Religious defenders say the critics are being intolerant and bigoted for not allowing Christians to practice their religion in peace.