To be merely tolerant is to be intolerant…

In the 1940s, rabbi and author Joshua Liebman offered this definition for tolerance: “Tolerance is the posture and cordial effort to understand another’s beliefs, practices, and habits without necessarily sharing or accepting them.” Today, Liebman’s definition has come to be known as “negative tolerance.” It has been angrily rejected in favor of a more open-minded “positive tolerance,” which could be defined this way: “Tolerance is the posture and cordial effort to understand another’s beliefs, practices, and habits, and to accept them as equally valid approaches to life.” It is no longer enough to simply understand. Today, to be merely tolerant is to be intolerant.

Tim Downs, from Finding Common Ground, kindle location 214

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