VIDEO: Republican National Committee chairman says he doesn’t really care for the word ‘tolerance’

Speaking with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was asked to put social conservatives at ease in regards to the GOP’s next step on the subject of gay marriage — especially in light of Priebus’ attempts in 2012 to make his party more inclusive.

“I want to talk to you about this way forward for the GOP. I mean, look, you know — and you and I have talked about this before,” Brody began. “But when you use that word ‘intolerant’ — you know, we have to be more ‘tolerant,’ you know, in what the RNC put out, I mean even Evangelicals start to grab the Excedrin bottles when they hear ‘tolerance’ because they think, oh no the GOP’s changing and the whole gay marriage thing. Why don’t you address this and put Evangelicals at ease a little bit. Or can you put them at ease?”

Priebus, who has faced considerable pushback for his efforts to rebrand the GOP, replied that the party’s core principles remain the same, but that those principles need to be based in “grace, love and respect.”

First of all, I don’t know if I’d use the word ‘tolerance.’ I’m sort of — I don’t really care for that word myself. I don’t have a problem with it, I just think it has another meaning that — politically that can go the other direction. I happen to believe that our principles are sound. I do believe, and I still will tell you that our party believes that marriage is between one man and one woman. Our party believes that life begins at conception. […] But what I have said, which I don’t think should be controversy at all, and I would think that Christians and pastors and everyone in between should agree, that our principles have to be draped in the concepts of grace, love and respect.

Watch the exchange in the video below.



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    William Carr (@Jkirk3279)

    July 23, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Yes, your “principles” need to be “draped” in the concepts of grace, love, and respect.

    Because a little cosmetic “coverup” will hide how truly UGLY your principles are.

    For example, your insistence that Marriage is between one Man and one Woman.

    It’s funny, but throughout history, it wasn’t.

    It was usually however many wives a man could provide for.

    King David and King Solomon, for example, both had hundreds of wives.

    Not counting concubines, female slaves, of course.

    Today, you want to define “Marriage” in a way that will discriminate against the people you don’t like.

    Well, here’s a tip. If you don’t want to marry a person of the same sex, don’t.

    But if you’re still deluded enough to think you can write laws that will discriminate and force people into living their lives they way you would prefer…

    Ah, what the heck. Your Party is doomed, it’s ripping itself apart at the seams.

    Ten years from now it will be the Libertarians butting heads with the Democrats, but the Republicans will be no more.

    And it will be YOU to blame, because you wanted to pander to your religious fanatics.

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    Bob Cull

    July 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    So Reince Priebus, the angry drunk guy, doesn’t believe in tolerance, big surprise! I would expect nothing less than a reaffirmation of hie intention to return the country to being the “Christian nation” that it never was. As long as they keep him as their chairman and running Tea Party extremists the Democrats will never have to worry about losing another election.

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    Jim Slaughter

    July 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    The IGNORANT party being led by an even more ignorant FOOL!

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    September 19, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Yes, we’re tolerant of everyone as long as they’re rich, white, and straight.

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