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Watch: GOP Chair Priebus Reassures Republicans They Don’t Need To Support ‘Tolerance’

by David Badash on July 22, 2013

in Discrimination,Marriage,News,Politics,Religion

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GOP Chairman Reince Priebus reassured his base that they don’t need to support “tolerance,” adding that he doesn’t even really care for the word. Priebus also reaffirmed his party’s opposition to same-sex marriage and LGBT civil rights, a woman’s right to choose, and any deviation from the party platform within his increasingly-shrinking Republican Party.

In an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, Priebus responded quickly to a question about “tolerance” and same-sex marriage, saying:

“First of all, I don’t know if I’ve used the word tolerance. I don’t really care for that word myself.”

But Priebus, who was really speaking directly to Evangelical Christians through Brody, did say that “Christians and pastors and everyone in between should agree that our principles have to be draped in the concepts of grace, love and respect and that’s not code language. That’s the New Testament so I don’t think there should be any problem with that thinking in our party.”

Priebus also told Brody, “I happen to believe that our principles are sound. I do believe, and I still will tell you that our party believes that marriage is between one man and one woman. Our party believes that life begins at conception.”

“If you’re looking at the evidence,” Chairman Priebus, who is 41 and a member of the Greek Orthodox Church added, “what you will see is a party that embraces life, a party that embraces marriage and a chairman that understands that there’s only one sovereign God and that we ultimately aren’t dependent on what happens in politics.”

Of course, in one fell swoop, Priebus tossed away America’s agnostics, atheists, Muslims, Jews, and anyone who supports a woman’s right to choose, and, of course, anyone who supports LGBT civil rights, including same-sex marriage.

Ironically, in May, Gallup reported “Americans’ tolerance of a number of moral issues up since 2001.”

Currently, 55 percent of Americans support expanding marriage to include same-sex couples, 59 percent believe same-sex relations are “morally acceptable,” about 18 percent “have no explicit religious identification,” 60 percent believe single parenthood is OK, 91 percent believe birth control is acceptable, and 52 percent believe in a woman’s right to choose.

Earlier this year, Gallup also noted that Americans see the GOP’s inability to compromise as its greatest weakness.

In a press release, Democratic National Committee Press Secretary Michael Czin responded with this query:

“The question for Chairman Priebus and the GOP is simple, if they don’t support tolerance, what exactly do they stand for?”


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clr1390 July 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm

The right to choose % would be higher but Republicans lie and Democrats do not follow up with answers to their lies. Like why would anyone need an abortion after 20 weeks. They are even trying to push 6 weeks. BECAUSE MILLIONS OF THINGS CAN HAPPEN DURING A PREGNANCY, ESPECIALLY THE LIFE OF THE MOTHER COULD BE IN DANGER. THEY WOULD LET HER DIE.

labman57 July 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm

So Republicans still regard gays, Muslims, atheists, undocumented and non-English speaking immigrants, etc. to be vile aberrations unworthy of acceptance into American society … but they mean it in the kindest, sweetest possible way.

SeanLiberty13 July 22, 2013 at 9:10 pm

I wouldn't expect the grotesque, inhuman, anti-freedom, anti-American, barbaric reichpublicans to support tolerance. It contradicts their blood thirsty fascist agenda.

“Discord is the great ill of mankind; and tolerance is the only remedy for it.” ~ Voltaire

The Reichpublican party, BY LAW (see first amendment), CANNOT dictate or force religious "principles" on the American people. That would be, IN FACT, an illegal violation of not only the Constitution but their oaths of office to adhere to the Constitution as well, therefore they have committed treason.

If you don't support tolerance, you support un-American anti-freedom FASCISM.

adagio847 July 22, 2013 at 10:15 pm

"…we ultimately aren’t dependent on what happens in politics"

Wait, what? You are the head of a POLITICAL party, you idiot. No wonder your party is circling the drain. You're supposed to be winning elections, not saving souls for Jesus. When they said you need to be a big-tent party, they weren't talking about a revival meeting tent.

Woodstock1947 July 23, 2013 at 7:44 am

The party of Lincoln is increasingly coming to look like the party of Hitler.
Frightening. And sad.

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