Why are liberals so intolerant?

posted at 1:16 pm on August 1, 2012 by Rob Bluey

Mike Huckabee, the Family Research Council and others have declared this Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. And while Americans should head to the chicken-sandwich restaurant to show their support, they should also take the opportunity to reflect on the intolerant left.

Watching liberals react to Dan Cathy’s comments on marriage and family over the past two weeks revealed their real agenda: shut down and silence anyone who doesn’t agree with them.

Big-city mayors from Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., vowed to use their political clout to keep Chick-fil-A out of their cities. When the company’s top spokesman died unexpectedly last week, one liberal friend of mine declared on Facebook, “Oh, karma, you crafty bitch.”

I thought liberals were the ones preaching tolerance?

The Chick-fil-A kerfuffle helped clarify a point conservatives have been making for years. Liberals are interested in debate only when they’re winning. And on the issue of marriage, they’re 0-for-32 in states that have put the question to voters.

That offers some explanation why mayors Tom Menino, Rahm Emanuel, Ed Lee and Vincent Gray promised to punish Cathy because of his differing view on marriage. What’s scary, though, is that individuals with this much clout think it’s appropriate to use that power to exact the punishment.

Never mind that Chick-fil-A takes no position on homosexual marriage, a point the company reiterated during the media firestorm. It didn’t matter. Liberal journalists fanned the flames by deeming Cathy’s comments endorsing the “biblical definition of the family unit” as anti-gay.

And to make matters worse for the mayors, Chick-fil-A hires employees and serves customers without regard to their sexual orientation. So in this case, the only people discriminating are the mayors.

Sadly, this is a trend that’s played out too frequently of late.

Liberals used the same tactics they’re now employing against Chick-fil-A earlier this summer to attack University of Texas professor Mark Regnerus. He published one of the most comprehensive studies examining the outcomes for adult children whose parents had same-sex relationships. Rather than learn from Regnerus’ study or debate its findings, activists instead have sought to destroy his credibility and banish him from public discourse.

There’s even an ongoing inquiry to examine his work. Anyone can request such a probe of the University of Texas. In this case, it came from provocateur Scott Rosensweig, who uses the pseudonym Scott Rose. He claims “scientific and scholarly misconduct” on the part of Regnerus and has made it a top priority to discredit and silence the professor.

Rosensweig isn’t alone. A group of 200 scholars wrote a letter to the editor of Social Science Research, where the Regnerus study was published, questioning how the journal could print such a thing. The publication’s own audit, released last week, “did not find that the journal’s normal procedures had been disregarded, or that the Regnerus paper had been inappropriately expedited to publication, as some critics have charged.”

The whole affair illustrates, once again, the left’s intolerance of opposing views on hot-button issues. Regnerus could have reached a different conclusion and avoided the backlash. But because his results conflicted with the left’s preferred narrative on same-sex parenting, the critics pounced.

Peter Wood wrote in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

We get it: Researchers take note. Publish only findings that support the gay agenda. Departures from that rule will be punished up to and including career-ending academic show trials.

The summer wouldn’t be complete without an attack on the Boy Scouts of America as well. Earlier this month, after a two-year review, the organization reaffirmed its longstanding position of refusing membership for openly homosexual individuals.

That’s within its constitutional right as a private organization, but it was unacceptable to a group of individuals who would rather impose their own beliefs and trample on the Boy Scouts’ rights. The Human Rights Campaign and Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation immediately condemned the organization, calling it a “discriminatory policy” and “dangerous message.”

Americans have spent more than 200 years debating and disagreeing on a range of contentious issues. That’s why we treasure free speech. But these recent actions — using political threats against a restaurant chain, advocating for the termination of a university professor and attacking a private organization’s right of association — threaten to undermine that very right.

Rob Bluey directs the Center for Media and Public Policy, an investigative journalism operation at The Heritage Foundation. Follow him on Twitter: @RobertBluey

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I don’t know if anyone is still looking at this thread. There have been some intelligent social conservative replies to me. There have also been some unfounded accusations that I don’t support freedom.

I wish to address all these replies with a single observation. I want to see overturned the Supreme Court decision Bob Jones University v. United States and I have desired this for years. If it were overturned, we would establish that religions can discriminate on any arbitrary basis they want. This would eliminate much social conflict and allow true tolerance to triumph over other values including anti-racism and anti-homophobia.

I offer what I see as a true way out of this mess.

thuja on August 1, 2012 at 9:53 PM

I love the stories about the MASSIVE CROWDS(!) at CFA – then they show of picture of 10 fat people waiting in line.

Yeah, because they’re there for the cause…not the deep fried lard. Uh huh.

inthemiddle on August 1, 2012 at 3:22 PM

That hate’s gonna kill you, chickie.

It’s going to rot your guts and burn its way out. Soon, you’ll look as evil on the outside as you are on the inside.

(Lefty chicks are easy – but you gotta catch’em before the ugly sets in.) :-)

Solaratov on August 1, 2012 at 10:02 PM

thuja on August 1, 2012 at 9:53 PM

You inadvertently nuked your link.


Bob Jones University v. United States

Axe on August 1, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Why are the libs so intolerant?

It is because the truth that Mr. Cathy spoke pierces their darkened hearts. That truth is alive and active. It is sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

The chicken chicken seemed extra tasty today too.

TitularHead on August 1, 2012 at 10:32 PM

conservativecaveman on August 1, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Will answer, but which @pambi ??

pambi on August 1, 2012 at 10:39 PM

@Axe on August 1, 2012 at 10:24 PM


thuja on August 1, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Count to 10 on August 1, 2012 at 9:31 PM
I’m there.. with family.. oy

pambi on August 1, 2012 at 10:45 PM

I may be on the wrong thread. Is this the chicken Palin thread, the chicken line thread, the world record day chicken thread, the tolerant chicken thread, or just a plain ole chicken thread?

Bmore on August 1, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Bmore on August 1, 2012 at 10:45 PM

OK, Miller Lite wasted on laptop monitor !
You owe me, dude !!

pambi on August 1, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Waited in the drive thru for an hour, loved it.

The line to the door was 50-60 people.

One loony protester.

That’s about the ratio normal people to libtards in my experience.

Akzed on August 1, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Watch Dan Cathy give a cool $million to the Tea Party orgs tomorrow.

Akzed on August 1, 2012 at 10:58 PM

‘I’d still bonk all of you in a heartbeat!’ — Barney Frank

cynccook on August 1, 2012 at 4:59 PM


Solaratov on August 1, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Why are liberals so intolerant?

Because the liberal elites purposely feed their hate of the political “other” (see Orwell’s 1984), and because they are stuck with liberal arts degrees that are not worth the paper they are printed on.

minnesoter on August 1, 2012 at 11:18 PM

In the kingdom of lies the truth hurts! I don’t even eat meat but I’m cheering on Chick-fil-A all the way.

Mojave Mark on August 2, 2012 at 12:10 AM

This is not new. Witness Ben Stein’s documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed on educators being forced out of jobs because they indicate the mere possibility of intelligent design.

Christian Conservative on August 2, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Christian Conservative on August 2, 2012 at 12:27 AM

You betcha !!
Have been reminded of that MANY times, over the past few days.
Have downloaded it, thanks to YouTube and RealPlayer.
Awesome vid !!

pambi on August 2, 2012 at 12:31 AM

And if you think gay activists want to shut up people of faith now, wait until they make gains on the gay marriage, bullying (which is ironic — who are the bullies here?), hate speech fronts. The left helps them because they are key to silencing Christians. And every statist society has to Alinsky people of faith to enact the socialist agenda.

Christian Conservative on August 2, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Few here would want to deny you the right to inherit from your same-sex partner, be able to protect your property in the case of a breakup, or make medical decisions for an incompetent or unconscious partner.

Sekhmet on August 1, 2012 at 5:30 PM


All of which could be done with a few changes to basic laws.

And even better, it would benefit everyone, not just gay couples.

Prime example: the Pension Protection Act of 2006. Prior to this act, it was impossible for you to leave a 401(k), IRA, or tax-advantaged retirement account to someone who wasn’t your spouse without them having to take the distribution from the account and pay a massive tax penalty. Under the PPA, the concept of a non-spousal beneficiary was created; this person, who can be anyone (if you have a spouse, they have to consent if it isn’t them), can receive your account without their having to distribute it unless they choose to do so.

This law benefits everyone. People may WANT to leave retirement accounts to people other than their spouses, i.e. grandkids. They may not wish to be married. Whatever the reason, it works — and it passed with overwhelming Republican support.

The Obama Party, however, fought it tooth and nail — both because they were losing a massive tax windfall, just like they get from the death tax, and because they aren’t interested in helping gay couples, just in keeping them as useful victims.

It would be no particular difficulty to change the tax code, update the requirements for Social Security, put in place uniform requirements for health power of attorney, do all these different things. It would lower taxes for millions of Americans, gay and straight, it would simplify estate planning, and it would deal with these types of issues, all without having to jack with marriage.

And it would have overwhelming Republican support.

northdallasthirty on August 2, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Why are liberals so intolerant?

Because the liberal elites purposely feed their hate of the political “other” (see Orwell’s 1984), and because they are stuck with liberal arts degrees that are not worth the paper they are printed on.

minnesoter on August 1, 2012 at 11:18 PM

We have a winner. :-)

itsspideyman on August 2, 2012 at 1:28 AM

I love how the left who is supposedly all about science call the messenger intolerant when the science does not meet their message. This professor did a study, the research was credible yet he is villified for it. BTW considering the liberal history of UT he probably started out to prove the opposite. The science of abortion is not on there side eitheer. but that is a discussion for another day.

huskerthom on August 2, 2012 at 7:50 AM

I’ve been wondering that for a while. It seems with the organizational power of the internet, progressive liberals have taken to the idea that they can organize to totally shut up anyone who dares to espouse a belief they disagree with. They cry out in outrageous outrage over the most ordinary, traditional beliefs trying to portray them as racist, bigoted, or somehow something so vile it should be silenced completely.

TonyR on August 2, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Well, the answer to the question “Why are liberals so intolerant?” is that it worked so well for them in moving their agendas forward.

Political correctness is out of control precisely because liberals are so intolerant.

Kids can’t bring lunches from home because liberals are intolerant that the poor kid isn’t going to eat the government mandated slop served at intolerant government schools teaching politically correct (but historically misrepresented) subjects.

Want to fly a historic battle flag from certain states? Racist!

Criticize Obama’s policies? Racist!

Tea Party member advocating for low taxes and a constitutionally restrained government? Racists!

Want to wear a crucifix to school? No! But Muslims can wear their religiously mandated clothing.

A CEO expresses his personal opinion that he supports traditional marriage as a legal standard and liberals want to put him out of business.

Don’t believe the science behind climate change is up to standard? Denier! Shut Up!

I’m pretty sure the list is virtually endless.

Liberals are intolerant because we the people let them get away with it.

But Chick-Fil-A appreciation day is a step in the right direction to put a stop to liberal intolerance. When they realize that it is no longer working, they’ll stop being so intolerant and perhaps we can all live happier and more tolerant lives.

BMF on August 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Intolerant, why? The question is circular, self explanatory, & self evident. They are intolerant because they Are intolerant. An excess of aggression, a gross belief in power, a passion for government to exercise power over people, nothing special, just anti-social, mindless hate.

arand on August 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Because they believe themselves to be infinitely more intelligent and therefore entitled to tell everyone else who doesn’t agree with them how to live…

Simple, no?…

Pest on August 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

It is a religions of the revealed variety with Marx being the Voice from the Burning Bush.

All revealed religions are intolerant, and further, the Left sees absolutely no reason to see the rest of us as anything less than an enemy in need of extirpation. Our law and traditions are no more than obstacles to their vision, to be used or thwarted as necessary.

I say again it is a religion which is at war with the rest of us. Further it see Islam as its armed wing: note the UK, which is the key to terrorism in the West because of the protection Labour offers it.

Denver Bob on August 2, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Why are liberals so intolerant?

Could it be due to LAZY Americans being too afraid to call them out for their intolerance in person? Might it be blamed on most Americans having spines of linguini?

Consider this: Appx. 40% of Americans are registered to vote, and from that group less than 40% vote regularly. If Americans care so little about their country why would they be bothered by intolerant liberals? They just go back to keeping their couches warm and let the Real Americans like the TEA Party Patriots do their work for them.

DannoJyd on August 2, 2012 at 4:55 PM