Penn Jillette has a quotable line about tolerance and respect in the Toronto Star:
“There’s a big difference between tolerance and respect. Tolerance is you saying something crazy and me smiling and saying ‘that’s nice.’ Respect is when you say something crazy and I say ‘you’re out of your f—ing mind.’ Direct confrontation, direct conversation is real respect. And it’s amazing how many people get that.”
I also don’t get how telling crazy people they’re out of their “f—ing mind” is respect. Honesty? Truth? Maybe one of those. But I don’t see any real definition of respect that makes sense in that context.
(via Canadian Atheist)