I like this forum. In my opinion, the main posters have a lot of intelligence. Therefore I respect the opinions posted here. Now ... my view of religious tolerance has always been something like this: to unconditionally allow other people on this planet to hold their beliefs, however different they are than yours. To not interfere, or impose your beliefs, or even attempt to change theirs, in any subversive way, whether by intellectual argument, coercion, or anything else. To celebrate the diversity of mankind, with full cognitive recognition that we're all different. The exception might be a belief that is harmful to mankind, his culture, his ways. In other words, I believe it's okay to be intolerant of extreme intolerance. Intolerance would be the opposite ... any kind of thinking "I'm right and you're wrong' or attempting to convince that other person to change. Now, some people take tolerance to be mixing beliefs. Hence univeralism in it's many forms, generally an extension from one religion or another. To me, that's not tolerance, that's just universalism. Yet universalists tell me I'm the intolerant one. I respect their right to believe, but they don't respect mine, and I'm the intolerant one? The strength of my religion is in something called sampradaya. It's a pinpointing of attention right down to one Guru lineage. There is strength in that, merely because it is so singularly focused. there are no doubts. When in doubt, ask the Guru, who is a self-realised master of yoga, and has wisdom far greater than yourself. An analogy to this is medicine. Where have we gotten all the great new breakthroughs? From experts. From a specialist who narrowed his/her study down to one really narrow subject. Who do you want operating on your heart? The heart surgeon, or the family doctor? I get accused of intolerance, because I'm narrow in practice. I'm a Hindu ... a Saiva Hindu ... a Saiva Siddhantin, of the Nandinatha sampradaya. That is what I believe, my strength. Any dilution of that, and I suddenly feel confused. Thoughts, wise guys?