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The Age of Intolerance (Mark Steyn)
National Review Online ^ | December 20, 2013 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 12/20/2013 5:45:39 PM PST by neverdem

The forces of “tolerance” are intolerant of anything less than full-blown celebratory approval.

Last week, following the public apology of an English comedian and the arrest of a fellow British subject both for making somewhat feeble Mandela gags, I noted that supposedly free societies were increasingly perilous places for those who make an infelicitous remark. So let’s pick up where we left off:

Here are two jokes one can no longer tell on American television. But you can still find them in the archives, out on the edge of town, in Sub-Basement Level 12 of the ever-expanding Smithsonian Mausoleum of the Unsayable. First, Bob Hope, touring the world in the year or so after the passage of the 1975 Consenting Adult Sex Bill:

“I’ve just flown in from California, where they’ve made homosexuality legal. I thought I’d get out before they make it compulsory.”

For Hope, this was an oddly profound gag, discerning even at the dawn of the Age of Tolerance that there was something inherently coercive about the enterprise. Soon it would be insufficient merely to be “tolerant” — warily accepting, blithely indifferent, mildly amused, tepidly supportive, according to taste. The forces of “tolerance” would become intolerant of anything less than full-blown celebratory approval.

Second joke from the archives: Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra kept this one in the act for a quarter-century. On stage, Dino used to have a bit of business where he’d refill his tumbler and ask Frank, “How do you make a fruit cordial?” And Sinatra would respond, “I dunno. How do you make a fruit cordial?” And Dean would say, “Be nice to him.”

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So much for being nice...the left and their GOPe handmaidens can drop dead. Neither deserve any respect.
1 posted on 12/20/2013 5:45:39 PM PST by neverdem
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To: JLS

Ping


2 posted on 12/20/2013 5:47:33 PM PST by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

“Tolerance” in the liberal sense means tolerance to depravity. But that breeds intolerance to truth and virtue.


3 posted on 12/20/2013 5:49:24 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: neverdem

I’m sure the link is forthcoming...


4 posted on 12/20/2013 5:51:45 PM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: neverdem
So much for comedians. Bob Newhart cancelled a speaking engagement with Catholic businessmen because of pressure from gays:

Comedian Bob Newhart Cancels Speaking Engagement with Legatus under Pressure

Be sure to read the entire article, which continues underneath his photo. It describes one group which wants to force all Americans to acknowledge that gay marriage and real marriage are equivalent to each other...or else.

5 posted on 12/20/2013 5:55:00 PM PST by BlessedBeGod (Democrats are Cruz'n for a Bruisin' in 2016. / Obama=Unspeakable Audacity)
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To: kingu
Here you go:

The Age of Intolerance

6 posted on 12/20/2013 5:56:58 PM PST by BlessedBeGod (Democrats are Cruz'n for a Bruisin' in 2016. / Obama=Unspeakable Audacity)
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To: kingu

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/366896/age-intolerance-mark-steyn


7 posted on 12/20/2013 5:58:27 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (If you liked the website, you'll LOVE the healthcare!)
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To: kingu
I’m sure the link is forthcoming...

Thanks for the reminder, but someday I might not be able to be reminded. I'm no spring chicken. Take a quote from the article, or make a quote from the text, then do a search on the text with quotation marks. Click on the source and author that matches. That should do the trick.

8 posted on 12/20/2013 6:06:28 PM PST by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

Arrested for a joke? Did that really happen?


9 posted on 12/20/2013 6:32:42 PM PST by matt1234 (Hitler blamed the Jews. Obama blames the Tea Party.)
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To: neverdem
GLAAD spokesgay Wilson Cruz...

Good stuff.

10 posted on 12/20/2013 6:35:55 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: matt1234
Arrested for a joke? Did that really happen?

Arrested because he joked about Mandela: Police hold shopkeeper for eight hours, take his DNA and seize his computer - after local councillor objects to off-colour internet comments

Neil Phillips wrote: 'My PC takes so long to shut down I’ve decided to call it Nelson Mandela.'

http://tinyurl.com/lnrz6g5
11 posted on 12/20/2013 7:36:38 PM PST by Colinsky
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To: logitech

The inimitable Mark Steyn PING!


12 posted on 12/20/2013 7:47:48 PM PST by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: neverdem

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen quotes:

“A Plea For Intolerance” (1931)

Tolerance is an attitude of reasoned patience toward evil ... a forbearance that restrains us from showing anger or inflicting punishment.

Tolerance applies only to persons ... never to truth.

America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance — it is not.

It is suffering from tolerance.

Tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos.

Our country is not nearly so overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broadminded.


13 posted on 12/20/2013 8:35:35 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Colinsky
Arrested because he joked about Mandela: Police hold shopkeeper for eight hours, take his DNA and seize his computer - after local councillor objects to off-colour internet comments

PC facism has taken over the UK and Canada. I fear it's coming to the US.

14 posted on 12/20/2013 8:47:51 PM PST by matt1234 (Hitler blamed the Jews. Obama blames the Tea Party.)
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To: Colinsky

He probably said that Mandela was kind of cheap, he never used Run Flats when he Necklaced anyone.


15 posted on 12/20/2013 8:51:26 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (A Communist is nothing more than an honest Democrat...)
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To: neverdem

Bump....


16 posted on 12/20/2013 10:06:05 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: neverdem
While American gays were stuffing and mounting the duck hunter in their trophy room....

You can always count on Steyn to come up with a good double entendre.

17 posted on 12/20/2013 10:17:42 PM PST by zipper ("The Second Amendment IS my carry permit!" -- Ted Nugent)
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To: BlessedBeGod
It describes one group which wants to force all Americans to acknowledge that gay marriage and real marriage are equivalent to each other...or else.

As Steyn says, the gay lobby doesn't want "tolerance", they want approval. Or else.

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Soon it would be insufficient merely to be “tolerant” — warily accepting, blithely indifferent, mildly amused, tepidly supportive, according to taste. The forces of “tolerance” would become intolerant of anything less than full-blown celebratory approval.

18 posted on 12/20/2013 10:23:27 PM PST by zipper ("The Second Amendment IS my carry permit!" -- Ted Nugent)
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To: Kickass Conservative

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http://thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/fire-sale-genuine-mandela-brand-necklacing-kits-t12511.html


19 posted on 12/20/2013 10:59:54 PM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: neverdem
Because the latter culture would be too boring for any self-respecting individual to want to live in, even more bloody boring than the current TV landscape where, aside from occasional eruptions of unerotic twerking by sexless skanks, every other show seems to involve snippy little Pajama Boys sitting around snarking at each other in the antiseptic eunuch pose that now passes for “ironic.” It’s “irony” as the last circle of Dante’s cultural drain; it’s why every show advertised as “edgy” and “transgressive” offers the same pitiful combination of attitude and impotence as a spayed cat humping.

Bravo Steyn!

20 posted on 12/20/2013 11:07:46 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Mark Steyn ping!


21 posted on 12/20/2013 11:09:59 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rummyfan

Man he is the best... Mark just nails the bulls-eye every time! Merry Christmas RF!

LLS


22 posted on 12/21/2013 4:50:09 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Elsie
Tolerance applies only to persons ... never to truth. America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance — it is not. It is suffering from tolerance. Tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos. Our country is not nearly so overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broadminded.

That's worth repeating.

The elevation of tolerance to a first principle is not a particularly American problem, as much as it is a problem of Modernity.

Nevertheless, in America, the problem began with the conflation of civil tolerance (the First Amendment) and absolute tolerance (personal tolerance of evils).

23 posted on 12/21/2013 4:59:59 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toleration


24 posted on 12/21/2013 6:27:48 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Merry Christmas to you too, LLS!


25 posted on 12/21/2013 7:07:58 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: neverdem
How do you make a fruit cordial?

Be nice to him. Or else.

Imagine the uproar if Leno used this funny line.

26 posted on 12/21/2013 8:49:41 AM PST by Gritty (Liberals think living your life free of welfare, EBT, and government nannies is "cheating"-J Hawkins)
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To: neverdem
Managing editor Jason Steorts is the opposition.
27 posted on 12/22/2013 3:04:33 PM PST by cornelis
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To: neverdem

This is worth reading. BUMP


28 posted on 12/22/2013 6:48:16 PM PST by Resettozero
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