John is tolerant.
John believes that every person should be valued and accepted regardless of their age, race, creed, color, sex, national origin, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, or socioeconomic status.
Tolerance has become the Great Religion of America.
Webster defines tolerance as:
“sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own; the act of allowing something” .
In other words, if you don’t agree with me or don’t believe the same thing I believe, I will indulge or allow that difference and still accept you as being “OK”. I am not required to change my belief system in order to be tolerant. I simply allow for the fact that your belief system isn’t the same as mine.
I think that is a good definition of tolerance, and constitutes a healthy and realistic approach to life … most of the time. I also believe, however, that there is an appropriate time for intolerance. Let me give you a couple of examples in an attempt to help you understand what I mean.