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MSNBC’s Capehart: Tolerance ‘Should Not Be a Two-Way Street’

May 13, 2014 by Paul Bremmer

Liberals often say they’re big on tolerance, but apparently tolerance must flow only one way – toward liberals and their favored identity groups. So says MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart.

Appearing as a guest on Monday’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, Capehart rebuffed the idea that supporters of Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, should have to tolerate the views of those who don’t agree with Sam’s lifestyle. [Video below. MP3 audio here.] Capehart argued:

[T]olerance, no, is not – it should not be a two-way street. It’s a one-way street. You cannot say to someone that who you are is wrong, an abomination, is horrible, get a room, and all of those other things that people said about Michael Sam, and not be forced — not forced, but not be made to understand that what you’re saying and what you’re doing is wrong.

That’s the perfect encapsulation of liberalism – they will make you to understand that you are wrong and they are right. You will tolerate whoever they like, but as for you – tough luck. If you don’t share their “tolerant” beliefs, they will not tolerate you. Tolerance, in its true classical definition, is intolerable. Real “tolerance” according to Capehart, looks more like a posture of unquestioning acceptance and a self-imposed gag rule whereby social conservatives dare not say anything remotely critical of homosexuality.

read full article: MSNBC’s Capehart: Tolerance ‘Should Not Be a Two-Way Street’

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Even Among Democratic Lawmakers, Support Grows for School Choice in Louisiana

June 16, 2014 by Mary Tillotson

Only 8,700 students rely on Louisiana’s state public scholarship program to attend the school of their choice today, but the state’s lawmakers worked this session to expand options for additional children.

The state legislature passed three school-choice bills pass this year, including a new public school choice program and modifications to existing programs. Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, is expected to sign them all.

One of the measures fully funds the state’s growing voucher program, which allows students in poorly performing schools to use state funding to attend private schools. Another expands flexibility in the voucher and tuition rebate scholarship programs. The third allows students in failing public schools to move to more successful schools nearby under certain conditions.

read full article: Even Among Democratic Lawmakers, Support Grows for School Choice in Louisiana

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Climate Change Debate: Coming Soon to a School Near You

June 20, 2014 by Allie Bidwell

Opponents of new science standards have said they promote ‘anti-human’ messages and atheism.

Political debates surrounding climate change and creationism are now making their way into America’s schools, as more states are deciding whether to adopt or reject new common science standards that put a greater emphasis on controversial topics like global warming and evolution.

Critics of the standards have said they do not present the issue of human influence in global warming objectively and do not consider “all sides” when discussing evolution.

Twelve states and the District of Columbia have already adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, which were developed by a group of national science and education organizations, including Achieve – one of the groups involved with the development of the Common Core State Standards. But Wyoming became the first state to officially reject the standards when Republican Gov. Matt Mead approved a budget in March precluding the use of state funds to review or adopt the science standards after they were heartily endorsed by the state’s teachers union. South Carolina lawmakers blocked the adoption of the standards in 2012, before the final draft was published.

read full article: Climate Change Debate: Coming Soon to a School Near You

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