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As a tolerant person, would you say something that would cause offence to another person? For instance critisice a religion etc. And would this make you less tolerant?
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Yeh I make opinions all the time.. sometimes I upset people but we may aswell embrace our rights to free speech XD
Everyone is going to have different beliefs anyway theres no point in locking them up if you don't feel somethings right.
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im not that tolerant. though I love people who are 'lactose intolerant' makes me think of them kicking over pints of milk, and standing on a corner with a sign saying 'cheeses go back home'
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I suppose I would try to word the critical statement non-offensively. Most people, save the fanatics and extremists, are willing to listen to other people's views as long as they are given sensibly.
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I'm as tolerant as can be reasonably expected, yet I fancy I cause offence frequently.
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I wouldn't do it on purpose. Things slip my tongue a little more often than I'd like though >_>
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Only emasculated people would never say things that might conceivably cause offense.
I am tolerant to a point, but I do believe in telling the honest truth.
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tolerating something doesn't mean you have to agree with it.
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So do you guys believe that a tolerant person doesn't have to respect other people's views?
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im tolerant but you cannot tolerate things 24/7 it depends on the mood/situation etc.
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You can be as critical as you like about people's views - just respect the person's freedom to have whatever view they like. If people never criticised other's beliefs where would we be?
I believe we shouldn't deliberately try to offend other people, but at the same time don't tiptoe around an issue just because you're scared of offending someone.
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I'm pretty tolerant, unless I actually intend on causing offence or by mistake.
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"Tolerant" is just one of those words people toss around - and, quite frankly, abuse - in order to get other people to shut up so that they won't be challenged. Because of this, I don't care whether someone finds me "intolerant".
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(Original post by WarmEye)
So do you guys believe that a tolerant person doesn't have to respect other people's views?
No. That is a weak person.
A tolerant person respects the right of said person to hold their views, but does not necessarily agree with or respect the views themselves.
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Tolerance is about being prepared to acknowledge the right of other people to hold their own views, not about being afraid to express your own.

While going out of your way to be offensive, or saying things you know will offend is evidently not a particularly tolerant way to behave, no matter how tolerant you are and how diplomatically you express yourself, there will always be people who will take offence at your disagreeing with them.
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(Original post by The Bachelor)
"Tolerant" is just one of those words people toss around - and, quite frankly, abuse - in order to get other people to shut up so that they won't be challenged. Because of this, I don't care whether someone finds me "intolerant".
What do you mean people toss it around? Do you mean when religious (no offence) people say for instance "oh you're not tolerant of my belief therefore I'm not going to refute you"?
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(Original post by WarmEye)
What do you mean people toss it around? Do you mean when religious (no offence) people say for instance "oh you're not tolerant of my belief therefore I'm not going to refute you"?
More like when anyone says "you're not tolerant of my beliefs / you lack tolerance / you are intolerant!" and expect others to automatically be scared. Basically, when they take advantage of the social stigma attached to that word to intimidate other people.
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Ah I see. I never knew what tolerant meant up until a week ago.
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(Original post by WarmEye)
Ah I see. I never knew what tolerant meant up until a week ago.
It no longer means anything, thanks to excessive abuse of the word. The most accurate meaning out there right now is probably "I'm complaining and I want you to be scared."
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well most tolerant people are human, so they are bound to say something offensive at least once.
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