An Example of the Inconsistency of “Tolerance”

So the latest flap in the ongoing Chick-fil-A kerfuffle is that The Jim Henson Company has announced that it will no longer be partnering with Chick-fil-A.

Despite all of the ranting that is being done by various “gay rights” organizations, here’s what I find the most interesting.

Chick-fil-A is more than willing to partner with The Jim Henson Company, even though The Jim Henson Company’s CEO is a huge supporter of gay marriage. Yet, the Jim Henson Company backs out of working with Chick-fil-A because of their different views of marriage.

Who, precisely, is being intolerant and closed minded here?

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6 thoughts on “An Example of the Inconsistency of “Tolerance”

    • How about backing that comment up with some evidence.

      Again, Chick-fil-A was more than willing to spend their money at an organization that disagreed with them about the definition of marriage. The Jim Henson company wasn’t. Tell me again about how broad-minded and tolerant of diverging opinions they are…really.

      • Except I’m not interested n humoring you. You want to play these games, I am sure there are plenty of malicious people to back you. But your politics and those you support in this post will be just as harmful with or without me or anyone else to come dance with you. If you are comfortable hurting people, as you clearly are, then who am I to try and talk you out of it. Have fun!

        • How is it a game to require reason and logic from a commenter?

          I can’t help finding this hysterical. I make a simple request for supporting evidence for a baseless statement, and what I get in return is ad hominem argumentation.

          Just goes to show that the liberal crowd still doesn’t grasp the basics of logic.

  1. tut-tut-tut! You are being intellectually dishonest (or, if I wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt, I would say you are naïvely mixing two concepts here – but I won’t). Yyour poster is implying that Jim Henson Company (hereafter JHC) is being intolerant (hating southerners, Christians and republicans? Really? Puh-lease). Your text, without using the word hate (blame the picture!), sends pretty much the same message.

    But really, what did JHC do? They simply refused to be associated with another company who discriminates a certain segment of the population. Did they say that Chick Fil-A (hereafter CFA) did not have the right to express such ideas? No. I think it is recognized that CFA has a right to express whatever bigoted idea they want. But the corollary to that is that JHC has the right to associate with whomever they want, as well as the right the chose with who they do business. Simple as that.

    I also find it immensely amusing and ironic that you would piss on JHC for using a “tactic” (for lack of a better word) that has been used time and time again by the christian (small c) right: dissociating with companies with whom one disagrees. You know, all those “family values associations” that call for the boycott of this company, or that product, because the company in questions “promotes” what the jesus-zealots perceive as being anti-family, pro-gay, or whatever silly label you want to give it? Yeah, that’s pretty much a staple of right-wing politics.

    Pot. Kettle. Black.

    • I thought about simply sending this comment to the garbage (see Southern Reformation’s Comments Policy, numbers four through seven), but I’m feeling particularly gracious today, so I’ll offer a brief response.

      First, it’s easy to make the charge of intellectual dishonesty, but you haven’t proven it. You’re welcome to try again – but only after reading the comments policy and running spell check.

      Second, the fact that the Jim Henson Company refused to associate with Chick-fil-A is precisely my point! Accord to the Oxford English Dictionary tolerance is defined as, “the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.” My question stands: Which corporation meets the definition of being intolerant in this situation?

      Third, in what way does is Chick-fil-A a “company who discriminates a certain segment of the population [sic]”? Does Chick-fil-A refuse to serve homosexuals? Do they refuse to hire them? Discrimination is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things; how does supporting organizations that exist to strengthen marriages equal discrimination.

      Finally, you assume that I agree with the tactics of the Christian political right. In fact, I’m a card-carrying member of the Libertarian party, and have no use for the so-called “Christian right”.

      In short, sir, you comment is long on heat, and short on light.

      Since you felt the need to end your rambling, illogical, and grammatically dreadful comment with such an asinine comment, allow me to play the role of Marin Luther to your Erasmus:

      You, sir, are of the most insane heretics and ingrafters of perversity. Begone, so that I shall no longer smell the foul stench of thy name.

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