John Kass says we should show tolerance for the intolerant! Right!

John Kass says we should show tolerance for the intolerant! Right!

Kass’s page two Trib piece today has to be the worst column penned by a major columnist I’ve ever read. And that’s really saying something when you consider the likes of raving lunatics like Charles Krauthammer and Cal Thomas. It’s so poorly thought out it’s downright embarrassing.  kass
His utterly asinine point is that we should we show the same tolerance for traditional Christians and their beliefs that they’re expected to show towards same-sex couples. Then he goes on to laud his Greek Orthodox heritage.
Un-bleeping-believable! Just when you think he can’t get any worse, he does!
Problem 1 – Religion, or “natural order,” has been used as a shield and justification for intolerance for centuries. Traditional beliefs were cited when burning heretics at the stake, condoning slavery, persecuting Jews, condoning racism, preventing women from voting, preventing interracial marriage, and generally killing off your neighbor because he made the mistake of praying to a different divinity.
I can see it now! Kass playing apologist for the Inquisition while singing, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”
Problem 2 – Some “traditional beliefs” are pure bullshit. The Greek Orthodox Bible is basically identical to the Catholic version and Jesus never said a bloody thing about homosexuality. So now you have to go back to the Old Testament and Leviticus which opens up another whole can of worms.
I fervently hope Kass and his intolerant compatriots aren’t eating shellfish, sporting Beatle haircuts, wearing polyester, eating pork, reading a horoscope (Uh Oh! The Trib prints ’em), having a shrimp cocktail, getting a divorce, sporting a tattoo, and my favorite, having their wives defend them by grabbing their attackers by the testicles (Deuteronomy 25:11-12)!
Because if they do, they’re in the same biblical category as gays and they’re going straight to hell.
Problem 3 – Freedom of religion also means freedom from religion. You will never hear me issue a call for the Greek Orthodox Church to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony. By the same token, I would ask that my Greek Orthodox brothers and sisters keep their religion to themselves.
You see, the thing is, I’m not bound by your beliefs! It’s right there in the Constitution. And the fact that you feel the need to thrust them upon me shows just how weak your belief system really is. And those who do thrust their beliefs on others need to be immediately called out for doing so. No exceptions.
Problem 4 – We limit religious beliefs all the time – You may be a devout Mormon, but bigamy is still a no-no. The only states Rastafarians can legally light up in are Colorado and Washington. Go ahead and beat your wife under Sharia law and you will be prosecuted. Need I go on?
If that weren’t the case, what’s to stop me from creating “Jeffryism” which decrees that everyone owes me 10 percent of their income, incorrect left turns are grounds for execution, and newspapers like the Tribune should be banned forever.
Problem 5 – Love thy neighbor as thyself sets a pretty high standard. Didn’t Jesus say,”The most important commandment is this: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
With this is mind, how can any Christian worth their salt say there’s any reason to prohibit marriage between consenting adults who love each other?
Take the same column, and insert the words “black folks” or “interracial couples” for gays and Kass would be out of the Tribune building on his pasty white ass. All I can say is, What the bleep were Kass, and worse – his editors, thinking? I’d say it isn’t possible for the Tribune to sink any lower, but I’m sure they’ll be more than willing to prove me wrong.

2 thoughts on “John Kass says we should show tolerance for the intolerant! Right!

  1. Jeff,
    Just when I thought we were making progress… I couldn’t disagree with you anymore. As a matter fact I even penned a thank you note to Mr. Kass for his column.

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