What Fresh Hell Is This?

December 20, 2013

On "Tolerance"

There's a curious rhetorical argument coming from the right wing defenses of Phil Robertson, the Duck Dynasty guy.

I wrote about him yesterday.  And there's something I should have added.  Apart from the Bible-based anti-gay remarks, he also said some amazingly ignorant things regarding the history of America's treatment of African-Americans:
"I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I'm with the blacks, because we're white trash. We're going across the field.... They're singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, 'I tell you what: These doggone white people'--not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues."
Ah, yes. All those happy farm workers, singing in the fields!  If only the NAACP didn't ruin everything!

But back to the "tolerance" demanded from the right.

Here's an example from WND:
Of course, this isn’t a violation of Robertson’s First Amendment rights, because the censorial actions emanated not from the government, but from a private company, which is not constitutionally barred from doing what it did.

Constitutional issues aside, we are witnessing a profound display of leftist intolerance, and they need to be called on it. Some in the gay activist community demanded Robertson’s head because of his “hate.”

GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz said, “What’s clear is that such hateful anti-gay comments are unacceptable to fans, viewers and networks alike.” Robertson’s removal “has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value.”
The American left – actually, it’s a global phenomenon – is increasingly intolerant of opposing viewpoints, while holding itself out as the exemplar of tolerance.
You'll note the subtle redefinition of "tolerance" here.  The right, by demanding this new definition has shifted the rhetoric into what they hope is an inescapable trap for the left.  And what's the "tolerance" they're demanding?  Here it is: You can never disagree with anything we say, no matter how ignorant or repugnant you think it is - or else you're the bigot.

Look around, you'll notice some form of this argument/threat popping up all over the place when the conservative right criticizes the progressive left.


Zeus0209 said...

Or said another way, The American left – actually, it’s a global phenomenon – has increasingly opposing viewpoints of intolerance...

Heir to the Throne said...

Anti Science hate speech/Bigotry from Team Vagina.
The human vagina evolved for sexual reproduction.
The human anus evolved to store and expel solid waste from the body.

"Both of these passages can be correct. Robertson didn’t say that blacks had nothing to complain about under Jim Crow. He said that he didn’t see it. If somebody wanted a perspective of how blacks experienced Jim Crow, why would they ask a white guy anyway? Perhaps it’s a set-up question just like the rest of the interview"

Ol' Froth said...

Under Jim Crow, what do you think happened to blacks that complained Heir? Here's a hint: