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Articles like this give me pause. Larry Sabato, a political science professor at the University of Virginia, predicts that Gov. Romney will have to win over evangelicals by having a “Kennedy Moment” (like in 1960, when JFK, a Catholic, told Americans his politics were seperate from his religion) and by making his religion an issue of “tolerance.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m about sick of the word “tolerance.” When I was a kid, my Mom would say, “I know you don’t like Heather, but just tolerate her while she’s visiting.”
Of course, tolerance has lost all it’s meaning–it’s a loaded word implying that if you disagree, one of you must be “intolerant” of the other.
Let’s resist the urge to frame the religious differences between Gov. Romney and much of the electorate as one of “tolerance.” Let’s evaluate the man, his record, his life, his ideas. And while we’re at it, we can disagree about religion. I can respect and support Gov. Romney even if I don’t want him to lead my Sunday School class.
But let’s don’t call that “tolerance,” let’s just call it the Golden Rule.


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