Is this Tolerance?

January 4, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times,1,3032143.story?coll=la-news-religion

On January 4, 2004 the Los Angeles Times published an editorial by Michael Skube on religion and tolerance: "If religion gives lives meaning — and for billions it does — it does not always bring us peace and mutual understanding. In France, President Jacques Chirac wants no large crucifixes, no skullcaps and, especially, no head scarves on Muslim girls in the schools. He'd also like to ban such religious displays in the workplace. A few miles from where I live, in North Carolina's Research Triangle, a graduate student protested the presence of two menorahs near a Christmas display at a public park. My religion but not yours. Tolerance but not accommodation. The mutual suspicion between Roman Catholics and Protestants — a factor when John F. Kennedy, a Catholic, ran successfully for president in 1960 — has largely dissolved. Catholics and Protestants are Christians. Even suspicion between Christian and Jew has largely abated — provided the Jew keeps his menorah away from the nativity scene. The deeper suspicion today is between Muslim and non-Muslim, each still knowing little of the other, neither caring to know more."