Some definitions…

The words “bigot” and “intolerant” are, admittedly, bandied about quite liberally. This being said, these are also words that are labled upon a person quite correctly, but the bigot and/or intolerant person refuses to acknowledge the label.

To the bigots and intolerants of the world, embrace your labels if any of these definitions apply to you:

big·ot, ˈbi-gət, noun: a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance

Of course, we then need a definition of intolerant:

intolerant, adj: 1. unable or unwilling to endure 2 a: unwilling to grant equal freedom of expression especially in religious matters b: unwilling to grant or share social, political, or professional rights : bigoted 3: exhibiting physiological intolerance

(Merriam-Webster)

So, are many California Prop 8 supporters intolerant bigots on the issue? Absolutely. Are some California Prop 8 opposers? Yup. Alas, we find that Prop 8 opponents and proponents have more in common than they think!

And, a last food for thought: Is it ever okay to be intolerant? Is it okay to be intolerant of intolerance?

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In May, 2005, Rob was a secular, Jewish, thirty-something, Los Angeles, personal injury attorney whose idea of getting up early on a Sunday was getting up for the third quarter of the first televised, NFL games.

Thirsting on the idea of playing in a band for the first time in a decade, Rob finally accepted his neighbor's request to get up at seven-in-the-morning on Sundays in order to participate.

Eleven months later, his world was turned upside down by Jesus. Instantly, he began leading songs on the worship team and, today, he now leads that same LIFEhouse worship team in which he was initially invited to join as a non-believer.

God is cool like that.