Saturday, June 14, 2014

In praise of tolerance

Michael Bloomberg was fantastic at this year's Harvard commencement. These views carry great relevance across the world,
If you want the freedom to worship as you wish, to speak as you wish, and to marry whom you wish, you must tolerate my freedom to do so - or not do so - too. What I do may offend you. You may find my actions immoral or unjust. But attempting to restrict my freedoms in ways that you would not restrict your own leads only to injustice... 
There is an idea floating around college campuses - including here at Harvard - that scholars should be funded only if their work conforms to a particular view of justice. There’s a word for that idea: censorship. And it is just a modern day form of McCarthyism... Isn’t the purpose of a university to stir discussion, not silence it?... In politics - as it is on too many college campuses - people don't listen to facts that run counter to their ideology. They fear them.
Amen!

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