At a recent conference on Tolerance,Â Vatican representative Bishop Mario Toso makes the following obviously problematicÂ assertion:
Intolerance in the name of â€œtoleranceâ€ must be named for what it is and publically condemned. To deny religiously informed moral argument a place in the public square is intolerant and anti-democratic. Or to put it another way, where there might be a clash ofÂ rights, religious freedom must never be regarded as inferior. On the other hand, the issue of religious freedom cannot and should not be incorporated into that of tolerance. If, in fact, this was the supreme human and civilian value, then any authentically truthful conviction, that excludes the other, would be tantamount to intolerance. Moreover, if every conviction was as good as another, you could end up being accommodating even towards aberrations.
Seems like the last sentence contradicts the first bolded one.Â If every religion is as good as another, you could end up being accommodating even towards aberrations.
But I think it is obvious what we’re talking about here.Â Where a Christian’s right to hate upon a homosexual conflicts with that homosexual’s right not to lose job, house, etc., the Christian’s right absolutely prevails, or is at least equal.Â It’s not obvious that this ought to be the case.Â It’s also not obvious why the Bishop thinks this ought to be the case, other than to invoke the tolerance regress argument:Â If you criticize my intolerance, you’re intolerant.