3 July 2015. This week the Education Secretary sparked a debate on how schools should identify potential extremists. She was commenting on new government guidance on preventing radicalisation in schools and other institutions. However, as Prof John Marenbon points out, the mark of a liberal society is that it is tolerant of different views - even the intolerant.
Recently, The Evening Standard reported that the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, when asked to name some of the signs of Islamic extremism, against which she was warning, gave ‘intolerance towards homosexuality’ as her example. The newspaper mentioned her remark in order to try and convict of her of inconsistency, since, as the article went on to point out, she — along with a majority of Conservative MPs — had voted against homosexual marriage. But Mrs Morgan would have a very good reply, although, since her promotion, she may have become too politically correct to want to make it. Unless tolerance towards a group requires accepting their values, it is perfectly possible to be perfectly tolerant towards homosexuals but opposed to the idea that homosexual union can constitute a marriage.
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