Thursday, June 22, 2006

This post is brought to you by the word "bigot" ...

Fr. Sean Major-Campbell from the Cayman Islands teaches vocabulary today (with a little help from GKC):
The first word is 'bigot'. It sounds almost like the biblical 'begat'. However these are two different words in spelling and meanings.

A bigot may begat. Conversely many bigots have been begat. A bigot is one whose prejudice is sustained by intolerance for differing views. It does not matter whether the different view is informed by reason, logic, and possibly reality.

Prejudice is for some, a life source. It gives sustenance to nonsense, and it provides bliss for the ignorant. G.K. Chesterton suggests that, "bigotry may be roughly defined as the anger of men who have no opinions."
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** don't forget Furor's Chesterton Experiment **

1 comment:

Agricola said...

Hmm...

'Bigot' is an interesting term. I was called a bigot once... oddly enough, I was on my knees praying at the time, while the people chanting "Ho ho, hey hey, racist bigots go away!" were also uttering threats of violence and were all caucasian, while my companions included members of at least six different races that I was aware of.

Perhaps it's one of those words who's meaning will soon be changed by Webster's. Who knows, people may even start naming their children Bigot and Bigette as they call them by other more established virtues.

Regards