There is not a conservative reading this who hasn’t gotten into an argument with a liberal at one time or another and eventually been accused of ‘intolerance’ simply for disagreeing with them on their opinions regarding various social and/or religious issues like affirmative action, teaching Islam in public schools, and gay marriage. Democrats don’t hesitate to ‘inform’ people that they are the big-tent party of ‘tolerance’ and that they welcome and encourage differing opinions. It certainly sounds good, but the reality is that the assertion is flatly untrue. Nothing demonstrates that more than the following story:
PROVINCETOWN — Town leaders here are holding a public meeting today to air concerns about slurs and bigoted behavior. And this time, they say, it’s gay people who are displaying intolerance.
Police say they logged numerous complaints of straight people being called “breeders" by gays over the July Fourth holiday weekend. Jamaican workers reported being the target of racial slurs. And a woman was verbally accosted after signing a petition that opposed same-sex marriage, they said.
The town, which prizes its reputation for openness and tolerance, is taking the concerns seriously, though police say they do not consider the incidents hate crimes.
“Hate language is usually the early-warning signal that could lead to hate-motivated violence," Town Manager Keith Bergman said. “And before that happens, we try to nip it in the bud."
Gays have coexisted fairly peacefully alongside other residents in this community on Cape Cod’s tip, home to a long-established Portuguese fishing colony.
Provincetown was recently re-certified for its “No Place for Hate" designation by the AntiDefamation League, which worked with the town on tolerance issues in the 1990s after gays experienced some problems. But the town’s “No Place for Hate" group, set up to address incidents of bigotry, hasn’t met in years.
Heh. Why does that not surprise me?
Meanwhile, Jamaicans say the intensifying debate over immigration is making racial issues worse.
Winsome Karr, 45, originally from Jamaica, has worked in town since 2002. Lately, she said, the off-color comments stem from gay visitors who mistakenly believe that all Jamaicans share the views of an island religious sect that disagrees with homosexuality.
Just one more in a long line of examples of how liberals do not practice what they preach.
Jay Tea at Wizbang writes:
One does not counter hatred with hatred, oppression with oppression. Trading one yoke for another is no relief.
You want to promote tolerance, Provincetown? Start by demonstrating a little.
I’ll second that.