The question of tolerance concerns having a society allowing for a variety of different viewpoints of morality and ethics. Tolerance is necessary in a society which values diversity of cultures.

Society can be structured in two ways:

  1. Absolute values — Society decides morals and values. Non-conformists are rejected (via an "Inquisition.") The government legislates beliefs.
  2. Tolerance — Allows all cultural, religious, and moral viewpoints. Government doesn't determine or enforce these and allows for freedom of speech.

In a tolerant and pluralistic society that values diversity, we must choose tolerance.


Unintended Side Effects

Tolerance is the obvious choice; of course we want a tolerant society. But upon careful consideration we discover two unintended side effects of tolerance:

  1. Discrimination against religion and morality.
  2. All members of society must tolerate the moral filth imposed on them by others. Whoever has the lowest moral standard sets the cultural norms.

Examples:

None of this is all that surprising. Modern philosophers such as Nietzsche, Kant, Hegel, Marx wanted to do away with religion altogether.

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The Power of the Boycott

Why don't those of us who are offended by public immorality merely boycott those who profit economically from it? Things to boycott:

Certainly we can't boycott everything in society that is linked to something unwholesome because the economic system is interdependent but we should target the worst offenders, particularly those such as the media having the most influence in promoting relativism.

         


How to Survive

How can those with "higher" moral standards and values survive living in a tolerant, pluralistic, relativistic society? Things we can do:

  1. All religious- and value-based organizations must join together to promote favorable laws. Unfortunately, many of these emphasize their differences instead, but we all lose from this.
  2. Organizations can evolve to reduce the exposure. For example, the institutional church can switch to a house church model as is common in China.
  3. We can hide by discontinuing those "offensive" practices and beliefs which so enrage society at large. Examples:
    • Jews can abandon their Sabbath regulations in regards to employment
    • Sikhs can abandon their dress code while at work
    • Muslim women can stop wearing their head coverings
    • Fundamentalist Protestant Christians can hire homosexuals for church positions including ministers and pastors (but the congregation can boycott these churches)
    • The Boy Scouts can allow homosexual scout leaders (but parents and young people can boycott the Boy Scouts)

When citizens must ignore their religious and moral beliefs and values to avoid persecution, it is clear that society has become deeply warped. We should educate our society about why higher moral standards for all are desirable.


House Church Model

The house churchcan survive in a society having low moral standards. Its strengths:

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