Tolerance Is or Should be a Two-Way Street

There is controversy online about where this quote originated.  Some say, Jiggs McDonald, NHL Hall of Fame broadcaster speaking in Ontario while others say Greg Gutfeld of Faux News. In any event, it is not original with me.

“I am truly perplexed that so many of my friends are against another mosque being built in Toronto . I think it should be the goal of every Canadian to be tolerant regardless of their religious beliefs. Thus the mosque should be allowed, in an effort to promote tolerance.”

“That is why I also propose that two nightclubs be opened next door to the mosque; thereby promoting tolerance from within the mosque. We could call one of the clubs, which would be gay, “The Turban Cowboy,” and the other, a topless bar, would be called “You Mecca Me Hot.”

“Next door should be a butcher shop that specializes in pork, and adjacent to that an open-pit barbecue pork restaurant, called “Iraq of Ribs.”

“Across the street there could be a lingerie store called “Victoria Keeps Nothing Secret,” with sexy mannequins in the window modeling the goods, and on the other side a liquor store called “Morehammered.”

“All of this would encourage Muslims to demonstrate the tolerance they demand of us.”

Tolerance Mosque near businesses as an example...

Original photo: Masjid Malcolm Shabazz at 116th Street and Malcolm X Blvd. Photo: Tony Carnes/A Journey through NYC religions / Shop windows added for story illustration

Ahhh, tolerance…

How much freedom do you really want? Does what you want for yourself apply to others as well?

It is or should be a two-way street.  Often the person demanding it, needs to embrace it the most!  Make sure your position includes your own biases and figure out if you really want freedom for everyone or just those that agree with you.  And if you are not laughing or smiling at this point, then it is either past your bedtime, or it’s midnight at the oasis and time to put your camel to bed.

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