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May 1, 2012 / compassioninpolitics

CK Chesterton on Tolerance and Ethical Conviction

Intolerance isn’t always a bad thing. For instance, our Constitution lays down certain things we are a nation are intolerant of. The UN Declaration of the Rights of Man (Humans) does the same thing.

I’m reminded of a CK Chesterton quote: “The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.” Or put another way “Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions. ” I don’t think Chesteron is arguing against open dialog, but equally hes not saying roll over when injustice is advocated or perpetrated.

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