(Original post by prog2djent)
I've always held on to the idea that people that "bend over backwarda" for these people, are either doing just so they can appear to have the moral high ground, and to look superior, i.e, defending what is seen as moral is always perceived as being better than defending what it right, or speaking the truth. A form of self-gratification where similar minded people all agree with this person and get to feel good about how superior they are.
And my theory is that it stems from "western boredom", i.e, those born after, or during all the real racial (people being attacked or verbally abused beacuse of their race/religion
instaed of being peacefully criticised for the opinions, cultural idendity, and actions they partake in), ethnic and religious tension, and after discrimination, free speach hampering, and equality laws have passed, these people are bored. They/we live in a (clearly) superior liberal culture, where there aren't any real threats, quality of life is high, and we are rich, so what do (some) people do when they have everthing, do they keep it, or is it tempting to mess around and get risky with it?
I.e, tolerating the intolerant. Now not long ago our society used to be equally as intolerant of certain people, but only on certain issues, but its changed very rapidly over 250 years.
I measure intolerance by wanting to place restrictions on peoples choices, in which no one is harmed, or act verbally or phyiscally against people, For example, in the 50's, if you were openly gay, your life was finished, you would be hated by the community, hated by the state, not given equal rights in courts, at work, or in society, being attacked would be socially acceptable, and you would have cruel (but well meaning) "doctors" trying to chemically make you straight. Now, by and large, gay people have the same rights as everyone else, and in some western countries, can marry. So we used to be intolerant of these people.
Now take a bunch of Pakistani-Muslims, and place them in our society, who have a culture and still use the religious influence to guide their actions/opinion on gay people, if we criticise them for being intolerant
the leftist-liberals then foam at the mouth calling you"intolerant" or some sort of phobe.
These people are the problem, they are putting a smoke screen around the problem.