sjamar at law.howard.edu
Fri Jul 29 17:17:38 PDT 2005
I meant mutually exist. An editing problem.
On Jul 29, 2005, at 8:04 PM, Steven Jamar wrote:
> Jim, are you seriously saying that pluralistic and tolerant are not
> able to mutually exclusive? A society cannot be both pluralistic
> and tolerant? I've never heard tolerance offered in contrast to
> pluralistic. I've only ever seen them hand in hand -- we are
> pluralistic and tolerant of difference that comes along with being
> pluralistic. I guess I've missed something.
> While I may not substitute salt for sugar, I will use both in one
> On Jul 29, 2005, at 6:23 PM, JMHACLJ at aol.com wrote:
>> In a recent posting, the term pluralistic was used to describe our
>> society. Word choices are, or are not, deliberate. I was trying
>> to flush out the choice, and its purpose. I "pressed" the
>> question only in the sense that I continue to ask for arguments on
>> one side or the other. I am asking because I come to the table
>> with an impression about these two words and what kind of thinking
>> is reflected in the choice of one or the other.
>> In this case, the choice was pluralistic, rather than tolerant.
>> We may be pluralistic by design.
>> I have also read and heard, especially in an earlier day, our
>> society referred to as a tolerant one. And in those cases,
>> tolerance was offered in contrast to pluralism.
>> Obviously, neither pluralism or tolerance are adopted by those
>> terms as the official governmental ethic in the Constitution of
>> the United States. Perhaps some use the terms interchangeably,
>> even though they would never substitute salt for sugar in a cookie
>> I asked whether a textual argument for one choice or the other
>> exists. After all, if the Constitution makes us one or other,
>> rather than our preferences doing so, the proof of the point
>> should be at hand.
>> Jim Henderson
>> Senior Counsel
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