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Comparative Tolerance 101-- for beginners

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Nov 12, 2006

The distinguished British philosopher Elton John thinks that religion-- all religion-- should be outlawed. Why? Because religion is intolerant. Intolerant, that is, of people like himself.

Try to imagine-- this won't be easy-- that some prominent prelate of the Church of England said that Elton John should be outlawed, because he-- Elton John-- is intolerant toward religion. What would the headlines say? It's perfectly predictable; they'd say that the Anglican bishop was-- c'mon, say it together, everyone-- "intolerant."

But our hypothetical Anglican would have solid evidence for the fact that John is intolerant, since the singer has called for a ban on religion. Whereas Elton John has no evidence for the intolerance of religion, since our Anglican bishop is purely hypothetical.

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  • Posted by: Janet Baker - Nov. 13, 2006 8:38 PM ET USA

    Well, at least he's honest in his arrogance and - dare I say it! - his intolerance.

  • Posted by: Eleazar - Nov. 13, 2006 12:36 PM ET USA

    Personally, I agree with “Sir” Elton. Religion is about intolerance; intolerance of sin and evil in the world. If “Sir” Elton sees religion as intolerant of him, he or more specifically his actions must be sinful and evil. I’m glad that we could come to this agreement…if religion really is about intolerance, I say, please sir, may I have more?

  • Posted by: Aussie - Nov. 13, 2006 9:07 AM ET USA

    Thanks Ross Dee, I really enjoyed both rants, you have made my day.

  • Posted by: pakx - Nov. 13, 2006 2:34 AM ET USA

    He's going to have a problem if he ever becomes Lord Elton John!

  • Posted by: Ross Dee - Nov. 12, 2006 11:22 PM ET USA

    Aussie, you think it is was quite a rant. You ain't heard nothing yet! Elton John is not only a homosexual, but he promotes a homosexual lifestyle. Example: his "pseudo marriage" to male companion, that is enough proof that he belongs in a mental Institution. Anyone that "promotes" the intrinsically evil act of homosexuality, just as, anyone that "promotes" the intrinsically evil act of abortion belong locked-up. If not in a mental institution, perhaps, in a closet? "SIr Elton John", my foot!

  • Posted by: Aussie - Nov. 12, 2006 7:01 PM ET USA

    That was quite a rant Ross Dee, very impressive. Almost worthy of Sir Elton him/herself. In the raving of Sir Elton and the uncritical reporting by the media we have a perfect example of Benedict XVI's "generation which has lost its ability to reason." With his cry of "intollerant religion must not be tollerated!" Sir Elton has joined the ranks of the great relativists who proclaim, "there are absolutely no absolute truths!!" God help us.

  • Posted by: Gaby - Nov. 12, 2006 3:02 PM ET USA

    Thats SIR Elton John -to you and me!

  • Posted by: Ross Dee - Nov. 12, 2006 9:24 AM ET USA

    I am so happy that Elton John told us what he thinks. "all religion should be outlawed". I think all homosexuals and all of "his kind" which are homosexual should be locked-up and throw the key away. He can keep his music, because I would'nt buy anything of his anyway. There are many people just as talented, if not way better than him. So he is insignificant and not as important as "he thinks" he is. If homosexuals can parade around and say what they think, all of "us normal" people can too!.

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