Against the Politics of Tolerance: Islam, Sexuality and Belonging in the Netherlands
Against The Current vol. 141

Mepschen, Paul
http://www.solidarity-us.org/node/2344

Publisher:  Against The Current
Date Written:  01/07/2009
Year Published:  2009  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX13535

What could be wrong with tolerance? Would I perhaps prefer intolerance? Of course not -- but if we take a harder look at the concept and the way it was employed, we are able to see that “tolerance” has a paradoxical meaning in present day society. It is accompanied, in fact, by virulent forms of intolerance and exclusion. To illustrate, we may have a look at the debate about Islam in the Netherlands starting in 2001.

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