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Carol Hunt: You're not a bigot for refusing to accept intolerance

Amnesty Ireland boss Colm O'Gorman ruffled a few feathers on Twitter last Monday when he posted: "You know what? I'm getting sick and tired of the expectation that we must all be tolerant of gross bigotry and intolerance." And later when he had received a number of ad hominem attacks for this opinion, he added: "Sometimes it is clear that the other is wrong. Discrimination, hate speech and bigotry ARE wrong."

But what exactly is the definition of bigotry? Is it intolerance to difference? A blank refusal to accept the opinions of others? Is my bigot your freedom of speech activist? Or is "bigot" just a word bandied about by politically correct people who don't like to be argued with?

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