Chesterton answers Obama

- September 26th, 2012

Barack Obama’s latest vapourings to the UN, in his typical tone of self-satisfied condescension, urged a peculiarly vacant form of toleration. To which G.K. Chesterton delivered a devastating rebuttal more than a century before the president spoke. In the Illustrated London News on May 13, 1911, (thanks to Gilbert Magazine for quoting it recently) Chesterton wrote:

We talk much about “respecting” this or that person’s religion; but the way to respect a religion is to treat it as a religion: to ask what are its tenets and what are their consequences. But modern tolerance is dearer than intolerance. The old religious authorities, at least, defined a heresy before they condemned it, and read a book before they burned it. But we are always saying to a Mormon or a Moslem, “never mind about your religion, come to my arms.” To which he naturally replies, “But I do mind about my religion, and I should advise you to mind your eye.”

A lesser man than Obama would be a little embarrassed to be so thoroughly put to rights more than a hundred years before he even opened his mouth.


Categories: Barack Obama, Foreign affairs, Social issues, United States

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  1. ryan says:

    John – as a journalist myself, I’m not sure what to make of your so-called “article” here. I feel compelled to ask you, what news are you trying to present? The editorializing you do leaves the reader in a small minded place. This piece lacks all basic fundamental requirements to be relevant and is little more than a tweet w/ attached quote. Can’t say I see your point or even understand what you’re trying to say.
    Please contribute to the world of news broadcasting in a meaningful way or leave it, thank you.

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