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The Virtue of Tolerance

Rev. Robert A. Sirico

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Reaching deeper into the moral tradition.

The holiday season is a time for love of children, compassion for the poor, and good will toward all--and a good deal of religious acrimony. Every year we hear stories of lawsuits and bitter fights over which religious symbols can be displayed in public...

The Thomas More Law Center is assisting plaintiffs who claim that this amounts to discrimination. They reject claims that the Menorah has secular significance whereas the Christian crèche does not...

Similarly, in hundreds of public schools around the country, we are witness to strife over what kind of music can and cannot be sung at holiday concerts...

Might I humbly suggest another approach? It comes down to one word: tolerance. It is something that sane living requires of us and it is a virtue because it is the underlying principle of social peace. It requires that we still our minds when we see symbols of beliefs that are not ours, and we do so because we understand that people are not homogenous and society does not require that they be so. We need to see through the symbol's particular meaning and appreciate what its very existence says about our ability to get along.

Read this entire article on the Acton Institute website.



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