The leaders of the political religious right frequently criticize pro-tolerance advocacy:
- They protest that tolerance advocates are not tolerant of intolerance.
- They assert that it is a sin to tolerate (much less affirm) that which religious rightists selectively declare to be sinful.
- They demand both affirmation and political power for their own sins.
Quite simply, the religious right has sought to redefine tolerance:
Tolerance = Tolerance of Intolerance + Intolerance of Tolerance
This is the new form of tolerance that they insist be taught in schools and in the media.