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The Tyranny of Tolerance

Peter Kurti

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01 May 2017
History; Society & culture: general
Kurti exposes a grand deception: the tolerance and diversity brigade cannot tolerate diversity of thought. - Nick Cater In a time of `fake news' and social media mobs, Kurti's thoughtful deliberation about the meaning of tolerance and its tension with political liberty is indispensable. He critiques the origin of Australian multiculturalism and the corrosive cultural effect of codifying diversity in discrimination law. This book is a measured, scholarly treatment of a subject too often submerged in superficial polemic. It resurrects religious freedom and restores the principle to its rightful place in the heart of 21st century democracy. - Jennifer Oriel It was a confident expectation for more than a century that religion - its beliefs, doctrines and institutions - would atrophy in the face of growing secularisation. But not only has traditional Christianity survived in liberal western societies; other faiths, most conspicuously Islam, have increasingly become a perceptible presence. This evolution gives rise to many questions about the place of religion in liberal democratic society. These questions include the increasing difficulty in giving public expression to moral positions informed by faith; the interaction of faith-inspired practices and the rule of law; and implications of the shift from `soft' to `hard' multiculturalism, marked by a fear that - unless carefully managed - diversity would cause intolerance and prejudice to flourish. The essays in this book examine these matters in the context of such current debates as those about same-sex marriage, assisted suicide and wearing the burqa and niqab. Upholding the principle of individual freedom under the rule of law is the only acceptable basis for a healthy, descriptively multicultural society.
By:   Peter Kurti
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781925501483
ISBN 10:   1925501485
Publication Date:   01 May 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Tyranny of Tolerance

Kurti exposes a grand deception: the tolerance and diversity brigade cannot tolerate diversity of thought. -- Nick Cater In a time of 'fake news' and social media mobs, Kurti's thoughtful deliberation about the meaning of tolerance and its tension with political liberty is indispensable. He critiques the origin of Australian multiculturalism and the corrosive cultural effect of codifying diversity in discrimination law. This book is a measured, scholarly treatment of a subject too often submerged in superficial polemic. It resurrects religious freedom and restores the principle to its rightful place in the heart of 21st century democracy. -- Jennifer Oriel


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