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How can liberals be more tolerant, when they are so intolerant toward anyone who expresses a conservative opinion on any particular issue? Would the Buddha encourage such extreme partisanship?


I’m over tolerance. I won’t tolerate being told I should have fewer rights than a corpse. I won’t tolerate racism. I won’t tolerate homophobia. I won’t tolerate ableism.

I will not tolerate assholery or fuckery of any kind.

See also: The Paradox of Tolerance

There’s a reason that hate speech isn’t protected by free speech.

This last comment from themixedfeminist has all pro-lifers, homophobes, acephobes, transphobes, etc. rolling over in their graves.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects free speech, even speech we don’t like. Incitement to violence is not protected by free speech. Why has Been Shapiro, a non-violent Orthodox Jew, been targeted by Antifa?Would the Buddha approve of denying Shapiro’s right to peacefully speak on college campuses?

Big donors to the Democratic Party care more about social issues like abortion than about equal opportunity for all Americans. This is why Democrats give low-income people just enough help to keep their votes, but not enough to lift them out of poverty. This is why Democrats care more about their rating with the Planned Parenthood Action League than about job creation. Would the Buddha be more approving of a society where people can make a living for their children or instead where they can abort their children at taxpayer expense?

Buddhism is traditionally opposed to violent extremist groups like Antifa, but I appreciate that you reblogged this meme.


‘This is the work of those who are skilled and peaceful, who seek the good:

May they be able and upright, straightforward, of gentle speech and not proud.

May they be content and easily supported, unburdened, with their senses calmed.

May they be wise, not arrogant and without desire for the possessions of others.

May they do nothing mean or that the wise would reprove.

May all beings be happy.

May they live in safety and joy.

All living beings, whether weak or strong, tall, stout, average or short, seen or unseen, near or distant, born or to be born, may they be happy.

Let no one deceive another or despise any being in any state, let none by anger or hatred wish harm to another.

As a mother watches over her child, willing to risk her own life to protect her only child, so with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings, suffusing the whole world with unobstructed loving-kindness.

Standing or walking, sitting or lying down, during all one’s waking hours, may one remain mindful of this heart and this way of living that is the best in the world.

Unattached to speculations, views and sense desires, with clear vision, such a person will never be reborn in the cycles of suffering.’

Metta Sutta, version by Gil Frosdal in Teachings of The Buddha edited by Jack Kornfield.



The pro-life argument is simple. If we can’t trust a politician to defend the right to life, the most fundamental human right, then we can’t trust that politician on any other issue. One might disagree with that argument, but it’s worth noting that Buddhism has traditionally opposed abortion as the taking of an innocent life. Even if you support abortion, why should my tax dollars pay for it? All the major 2020 Democratic candidates support repealing the Hyde amendment.

All the major 2020 Democratic candidates support having an abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, for any reason, with our tax dollars paying for it. How is this a winning electoral strategy? Is this a mainstream position on abortion? Would the average person knowingly vote for this? Would the Buddha support such policies?



In the Dhammapada, the Buddha teaches that our destination after death is determined by our deeds:

The doer of good rejoices here and hereafter; he rejoices in both the worlds. He rejoices and exults, recollecting his own pure deeds. The evil-doer suffers here and hereafter; he suffers in both the worlds. The thought, “Evil have I done,” torments him, and he suffers even more when gone to realms of woe.

While Shinran is sometimes misinterpreted as antinomian, he didn’t see the Nembustu as a get out of jail free card: 

It is deplorable that you have told people to abandon themselves to their hearts’ desires and to do anything they want. One must seek to cast off the evil of this world and to cease doing wretched deeds; this is what it means to reject the world and to live the Nembutsu. When people who may have said the Nembutsu for many years abuse others in word or deed, there is no indication of rejecting this world.

If we are sincere, our words and deeds will reflect a mind that entrusts Amida and rejects the evil of this world. 

We are not expected as unenlightened beings to be perfect, but neither do we have the right to abuse others.



We are not expected as unenlightened beings to be perfect, but neither do we have the right to abuse others.

Daily Mail: Trump becomes first Republican president to promote LGBT Pride Month as he touts campaign to decriminalize homosexuality in 71 countries:

If a gay conservative endorsed Donald Trump as the most gay-friendly Republican president in history, how would that voter be treated by the activist left?
Rather than seeing themselves as victims with only one political option, gay conservatives vote on issues that matter to their personal beliefs, like lower taxes or the right to life.
If the activist left is more tolerant, why is it so often intolerant toward gays and other minorities who don’t vote their way? Would the Buddha treat people as belonging to monolithic groups or as individuals with their own thoughts and feelings?

I didn’t vote for Trump and I find his speaking style distasteful. But what does vote-shaming accomplish other than turning people further against you?

I am not Asian. I don’t claim to speak on behalf of Asians. But if you are going to claim to be Buddhist, can you please have respect for what Asian Buddhists traditionally believe and practice? The Buddha was born in Nepal, not California.

There was something formless and perfect
before the universe was born.
It is serene. Empty.
Solitary. Unchanging.
Infinite. Eternally present.
It is the mother of the universe.
For lack of a better name,
I call it the Tao.
It flows through all things,
inside and outside, and returns
to the origin of all things.
The Tao is great.
The universe is great.
Earth is great.
Man is great.
These are the four great powers.
Man follows the earth.
Earth follows the universe.
The universe follows the Tao.
The Tao follows only itself.

Are Democrats buying votes with promises of social programs? Would it be more wise and compassionate to instead grow an economy where people can make a living for themselves? Did the Buddha endorse socialism?