We\’re in serious trouble when the leader writers of the \”newspaper of record\” manage to get such simple things wrong:
It has been disturbing to hear and read the vitriol and outright bigotry surrounding the building of a mosque two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. So it was inspiring when New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 9 to 0 on Tuesday to reaffirm one of the basic tenets of democracy: religious tolerance.
Religious tolerance has precisely the square root of fuck all to do with democracy.
It\’s to do with liberty.
And liberty and democracy are very much not the same thing: Jim Crow existed in a democracy and Hong Kong had no democracy but an awfully large amount of liberty.