Lynn gets even with me. Early in our marriage, she asked if I could help out with the cooking because it's a cumbersome chorewith four young kids. I agreed, but after a short time I was relieved of duty after she accused me of using the smoke detector asa timer.Seamus, we really have to thank you and each fellow supporter for what you've accomplished. It's exciting to be in a room withso many heroes in the fight for religious liberties: Bret Schundler, Bill Buckley, Michael Novak, Father Neuhaus.However, it can be rather intimidating to address this kind of an audience. I struggled with what message to convey to people of this level of intellectual capacity. I pondered moral relativism, multiculturalism, intolerance versus tolerance, when my wife madethis outrageous suggestion, "Why don't you look up the definition of tolerance in the dictionary." I did ... and they've got itwrong!"Forbearance in passing judgement on another person's position, character, or religion." That doesn't capture the essence of tolerance. Tolerance is once you've made a judgement on that person's character, position, religion, you agree to love themanyway or at least accommodate them in some way. We often get bullied by others from our place at the table because of beinginappropriately accused of intolerance if we declare someone is wrong.If you and I are going to be effective in spreading truth and helping people achieve significance in their lives, we have toremember the difference between tolerance and intolerance.My teammates found a great quote: "Tolerance does not ... do anything, embrace anyone, champion any issue. It does not attack error, it does not champion truth, it does not hate evil, it does not love good."Now, let's think a minute about the power of intolerance. We all should emulate the enthusiasm and intensity with which the gaycommunity exhibited their intolerance of a Supreme Court decision declaring the Boy Scouts have the right to set certainstandards for scout leaders. Despite comprising a very small minority in our culture they successfully got the Boy Scouts expelledfrom United Ways, public buildings, and seek to ban the Boy Scouts from all public parks.Dr. Laura Schlessinger, an orthodox Jew who espouses on her "Dr. Laura" radio program her centuries old values that marriageconstitutes a relationship of a man and a woman, told me of her experience with intolerance when I met her several weeks ago atHillsdale College. She had all of her radio programs and sponsorships lined up for the entire season when the gay communitythen successfully lobbied all of her corporate sponsors to rescind their support, taking it to zero!I'll let you all decide who is right, the Boys Scouts, Dr. Laura or the gay community. I merely want to use that as an example of the power and effectiveness of intolerance. This may be, in fact, one of the first speeches on religious liberty where the audienceis urged to be more intolerant.But if we are not going to allow ourselves to be bullied from the table we must appreciate as the earlier quote reveals that"tolerance" is not always a virtue and that we can not be intimidated by those who would label us intolerant simply because theydisagree with our view. Allow me to share a few personal encounters over recent years to flesh out my point.I received an email from an old friend of mine in Sweden who expressed the notion that Islamic fundamentalists, Christianfundamentalists, Hindu fundamentalists, secular fundamentalists, are all the same and are to be viewed negatively. How hard dowe really have to work to distinguish the fundamentals of Christianity with other world views? Turn the other cheek; love yourenemy; to the woman caught in adultery: "let he who is without sin, cast the first stone."