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I think what happened was horrible, but preventable.

Preventable, yes, I agree. Horrible? Too strong a word, in my opinion. Unfortunate, at worst.

I read the article, and can determine a few things for sure: 1) no actual harm was done; 2) plenty of Christians have weighed in on the side of tolerance and acceptance, so we can't blame a whole big religion for the actions of an intolerant few; and 3) the incident WAS blown out of proportion.

I did find one line amusing, though: "Many of the Christians who were in the parking lot that night are unrepentant..." Hey, doesn't that mean they're not really Christians?

I think we have to ask ourselves, did the actions of the people involved promote peace, harmony, understanding and acceptance? I'd have to say "no" -- on both sides. Sometimes tolerance means you have to allow for intolerance, and work around it.

Finally, people are intolerant -- not religions. You can hide behind your religion, of course, to try to justify your intolerance, but in the end the individual makes the choice.

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