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placeholder February 4, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 3   •   Oakland, CA
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"America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance — it is not. It is suffering from tolerance. Tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos. Our country is not nearly so overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broadminded. … Tolerance is an attitude of reasoned patience toward evil … a forbearance that restrains us from showing anger or inflicting punishment. Tolerance applies only to persons … never to truth. Tolerance applies to the erring, intolerance to the error … Architects are as intolerant about sand as foundations for skyscrapers as doctors are intolerant about germs in the laboratory. … Tolerance does not apply to truth or principles. About these things we must be intolerant, and for this kind of intolerance, so much needed to rouse us from sentimental gush, I make a plea. Intolerance of this kind is the foundation of all stability."

— From an essay written in 1931 by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, pictured preaching in an undated photo. He is acknowledged as one of the country's first televangelists, and from the 1920s to the 1970s, he was a popular radio and television host. He died in 1979 and was declared venerable last year.
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