Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors? Fallible men, governed by bad passions, by private as well as public reasons. And why subject it to coercion? To produce uniformity? But is uniformity of opinion desirable? No more than of face and stature.

- Thomas Jefferson


A kid goes to a museum, not just any museum but a museum of tolerance. Immediately, the hosts are offended. As it turns out, the kid is a skateboarder.

What their stance is on skateboarding, I am not sure, but they seem to have a real problem with logos, especially that of Independent Truck Company. Since this kid was a skateboarder, he had a backpack with an their logo, something akin to a Maltese Cross. “A Maltese Cross?”, you ask.

The Maltese cross has been around for about a thousand years, and has been used as a Christian symbol much of that time. It is also the most recognizable emblem of many fire departments. Some have noticed it in the West Coast Choppers logo. It is everywhere, and it was also something used by the Third Reich, Hitler. (Let's forget about the whole iron cross/Maltese cross argument for the time being.)

Yes, similar symbols were used by a pretty nasty group of people for a relatively short period of time, symbols that were around long before the Third Reich and symbols that will be around long after. So, why pick on a little kid because he has a logo for a skate company?

How does Hitler get to co-opt an icon from here to eternity. And, most importantly, did these adults know where they were? Did they understand they were symbols of a museum of tolerance? These kids were brought to the museum to learn about tolerance and the very first thing they were taught was intolerance, and how it is okay for someone to be intolerant if the feel they have justification. Do not think the kids did not understand what they were taught.

Tolerance? Sounds like what was being said was, “Tolerate me, and to hell with you for not understanding my needs.” Sounds like Clear Politics when those who profess tolerance are intolerant.

Remember, you teach more by what you do than by what you say.

Have a wonderful weekend, and be nice to someone, even if you have to be tolerant.

posted at 12:00:00 on 05/14/04 by clearpolitics - Category: Best of - [Permalink]

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