What is Tolerance?
Tolerance is not the view that all ideas are equal. Nor is it the view
that ideas associated with various cultures are equal. It does not consist
of never saying anything that might offend someone.
The above "multicultural" view of tolerance destroys the human ability
to discover truth, by denying that such a thing as truth could exist. Truth
is usually offensive to someone. Questionable ideas should be subjected
to scrutiny. False ideas should be criticized without mercy and without
regard to cultural origins.
Tolerance is allowing others the freedom to be wrong! Tolerance is refraining
from using force to settle disputes over ideas.
Tolerance is not inconsistent with zealous advocacy.
What is fanatic tolerance?
Fanatic tolerance is the policy of allowing all advocates with standing,
a full and fair hearing of their views. This is done so that those views
that are based on fact and strong arguments may establish their truth.
Also, so that those positions, that are unsound, may be exposed as the
frauds and errors that they are!
Fanatic tolerance is an aggressively dynamic process that tends to confirm
fact and expose fraud and error. It is the policy of the Cult of Free Inquiry
to practice fanatic tolerance.
False tolerance versus fanatic tolerance.
False tolerance seeks to protect feelings, so that no one is disturbed.
Fanatic tolerance tries to protect the human potential to find truth in
the midst of controversy.
Cult of Free Inquiry to zealously advocate advancement of truth and culture.
As true tolerance is not inconsistent with zeal, the cult can pursue its
ideals with single minded vigor. "Fanatic tolerance" is not an oxymoron.
Neither is "Cult of Free Inquiry". Such zealotry is desperately needed,
if this civilization's decadent downward
spiral is to be checked.