Monday, March 27, 2006


The city of tolerance that is SF

Earlier this week, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors described its city as "America's most tolerant and progressive city."

That was part of a welcoming resolution concerning some visitor’s to that city;

“Christian Gallion, a 15-year-old in town with his Assembly of God youth group from Humboldt County, shrugged off being called "fascists" by counterdemonstrators.
"It doesn't bother me," Gallion said. It's a beautiful city, and we don't have anything against the protesters."

“"I'm not here to hate anybody," Scott Thompson said. "This isn't about Bush or gays or anything other than being here to worship together."

Okay, I was kidding. You can’t welcome this kind of hate in your city. Being tolerant doesn’t mean being stupid and even ‘Frisco-ites can only tolerate so much. So, always alert to the potential power of irony, SFers countered such hate with their own message of tolerance and inclusiveness:

“"Even if it is done by a Barnum & Bailey crowd with a tent and some snake oil, I think we need to pay attention to it," said Supervisor Tom Ammiano, ….. "We should not fall asleep at the wheel." ‘

“On one side of the barricade was girl carrying a sign that said, "Instead of porn, show us Godly relationships." On the other, a woman held one that said, "I moved here to get away from people like you."

All this going to explain why:

“Earlier this week, the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution condemning the "act of provocation" by what it termed an "anti-gay," "anti-choice" organization that aimed to "negatively influence the politics of America's most tolerant and progressive city."

I guess it is a bit much to expect tolerance to accomodate those who wish to influence politics

(H/T – Guy Benson Phi Beta Cons on National Review Online)

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