Why is it, when some poor specimen of a social conservative writes something breathtakingly offensive/stupid/bigoted/hateful, and gets responses of “hey, that was breathtakingly offensive/stupid/bigoted/hateful”, the response is all too often snark along the lines of “this must be the famous liberal tolerance I’ve heard so much about”?
Nothing wrong with snark per se, but that particular rhetorical choice is either monumentally ignorant or deeply disingenuous.
Tolerance does not mean acceptance, with all that implies about sharing the same ideals and working for the same goals. Tolerance means lack of persecution, that’s all. No-one is persecuting anybody by simply challenging their opinions/behaviours, especially if one has expressed their opinion on a forum open to public comment.
The only acceptance required when tolerating others is acknowledging that people have the right to hold divergent opinions and engage in divergent behaviours from one’s own. Tolerance does not mean that others’ opinions and behaviours cannot be criticised and challenged. Just that tolerant folk don’t attempt to prevent others from expressing their divergent opinions and engaging in their divergent behaviours.