Tolerant of Intolerance? - a conversation about fundamentalism

What topics are so settled that contrary beliefs should be bound and censured? Can there be such a thing as a fundamentalistic liberal, or are religious people the only fundamentalists? Throw down some questions or topics you'd like to discuss in the comments section and we'll build the conversation questions around those.

Mingling starts at 6:30

Topic intro starts at 7:15

Finish at 8:45

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  • Tracy

    To me, a working definition of fundamentalism is a state of believing something so strongly that you can't tolerate even questioning about the validity of that belief, let alone disagreement.
    I believe there are 2 reasons this happens

    First of all, it is because the person deeply cares about this subject. For example, as the mother of a mentally challenged daughter, I am not going to tolerate the suggestion that mentally challenged people don't have rights. But if you suggested that all teddy bears should be blue I would be okay with that because I really don't care what color a teddy bear is.

    Secondly, it is because the person has told themselves this belief so often that they have identified with it, it has become part of who they think they are. So if the belief is called into question, it is as if their own identity has been called into question, and that is what is really intolerable to them.

    July 17

  • Robert

    Would love I attend, but friend's birthday party is tonight.

    July 16

  • Renate

    My interest lies more in the realm of tolerance/intolerance as aspects of personality - is the individual tolerant to ambiguity? If not, then they will perceive ambiguous situations or people as a threat, as a stressor. There is perceived need for certainty (in an authoritarian and dogmatic system) , a need for categorization, acceptance of statements representing a white-black view of life, a preference for familiar over unfamiliar, a rejection of the unusual or different, premature closure, resistance to contradictory opinion/evidence. Unequivocally, there is no doubt in my mind that the Stones are a better band than the Beatles!

    July 16

  • Tracy

    I have never seen an Atheist try to persuade me that God doesn't exist. I do believe that any restrictions that do not come out of morals are not good for society.

    July 6

  • Tracy

    I think different people have different perceptions of morality but it is definitely not an illusion. I think for me a working definition of morality is simply to not intentionally cause pain to any living thing. But some people will argue that people are more important than animals and animals are more important than plants. And some people will argue that others deserve to be hurt if they are not behaving in the way that the person believes that they should.

    July 6

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to ask - Does Religious sensitivities and Taboo's harm modern day society. Has Atheism become religious in the pursuit of changing people's minds.

    July 5

  • Jodi W.

    I ask - Can morality be self referential. Is morality merely an illusion. Does it require a static center as a base of reference. Recommended listening, radio lab the bad show and lessthanorequal.

    1 · July 2

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