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  •  It's like the double-reverse special dogwhistle. (7+ / 0-)

    There's this favored saying among some Religious Right groups that the concept of tolerance has to include tolerating the intolerant. Otherwise the tolerant are intolerant rather than tolerant.

    So they'll say that progressives who claim to be tolerant but won't let little Bobby be called gay by his classmates really aren't tolerant.

    Or that someone who doesn't want the Ten Commandments displayed in public parks or government structures isn't being tolerant.

    That sort of thing.

    The word is so removed from its actual original meaning among some that it's impossible most of the time to be sure just which general class of definition someone is using, much less the specific definition.

    Incomplete list of McNames in profile. Personal favorites include McSogynist, McNopoly, and McThuselah, and McCambrian.

    by Cassandra Waites on Fri Nov 21, 2008 at 05:54:27 PM PST

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