A central component of the “tolerance” idea we hear so much about is that even if you disagree with something, you put up with it because people in America are free to live their lives as they see fit.
Now, perhaps that idea is somewhat misguided, particularly as what some people are up to gets weirder and weirder, darker and darker. Is “tolerating” evil really a good thing? But, still, for normal people and normal things, such as quoting a Bible verse, tolerance is what allows us to go along and get along without being at each other’s throats.
But some people just can’t handle it, can’t handle that others wear their beliefs on their sleeves.
Such is what a recent Fox 59 story out of Florida shows, where a high school instructional assistant named Marina Gentilesco is complaining about her coworker’s display of a Bible verse and claiming it’s “attacking [her] as a Jew” and somehow dredges up tales of the Holocaust, making her sad and angry.
Speaking on that, Gentilesco said, of the Bible verse and her feelings about it:
“I feel like it’s attacking me as a Jew.
“It brings me to the verge of tears, because it brings me back to the 6 million that perished. Six million perished because of our faith — because we’re Jews.”
And what is the Bible verse? One from Revelations about the end of the world and a lake of burning sulfur? One from Exodus about the scouring of Canaan?
Nope. The verse Gentilesco is so angry about is just an inspirational one from Phillipians: painted on Gentilesco’s coworker’s parking spot is “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
And so Gentilesco is demanding that the bible verse be scraped off the parking spot, saying “You put it on a state-funded property. I’m not okay with it.”
Fortunately enough for Christians and those who don’t go berserk at the idea that someone has faith in God, the school district isn’t insane and won’t be removing the Bible verse.
Pasco County Schools Public Information Officer Stephen Hegarty spoke on the issue to Fox 59, saying:
“It’s not a violation. This is personal expression.”
“There is no proselytizing going on. It’s not compelling students to do anything one way or the other.”
“It has nothing to do with instruction. It’s just a teacher expressing themselves just like they might wear a crucifix on their shirt.”
“Teachers and students are free to express themselves.”
So at least someone is sane and willing to stand up for the Bible as others try to scrape it away and make others stop expressing themselves to protect the feelings, however absurd, of others.
By: Gen Z Conservative
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