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Choices, Tolerance, and Andy

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I don’t really care if you believe in God, or not. And if you do, it doesn’t matter to me which faith it is you choose to practice. What does matter to me, though, is that we have choices – not only about religion, but also about our politics, our work, our loves, and more. What also matters to me is that we respect the choices made by those with whom we share our space. If you’re truly exercising that respect, then it’s unlikely that you’ll go around suing anyone and everyone who happens to think a little differently than you do. Or that you’ll try to “take-out” someone with a gun, just because they think a little differently than you.

Andy Rooney said the following in relation to prayer, but it also applies to tolerance in general: “I don’t believe in Santa Claus, but I’m not going to sue somebody for singing a Ho-Ho-Ho song in December.
I don’t agree with Darwin, but I didn’t go out and hire a lawyer when my high school teacher taught his theory of evolution.
Life, liberty or your pursuit of happiness will not be endangered in any way because someone says a 30-second prayer before a football game.
So what’s the big deal?
It’s not like somebody is up there reading the entire Book of Acts. They’re just talking to a God they believe in and asking him to grant safety to the players on the field and the fans going home from the game.”

You’re right, Andy. So what’s the big deal if someone chooses to pray or love or vote a little differently than you do? Diversity in your plantings brightens up the garden. Differences in tone can make the song sound even sweeter. And when opinions are varied, our thought processes get sharpened, and our thinking becomes clearer.

So let’s celebrate diversity instead of squashing it under the heel of political correctness. After all, this IS America – a land that can rejoice in the benefits that come when we exercise tolerance!

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