Religious and Civil Rights …?

It seems to me that the most important “religious and civil rights” include both freedom of religion and freedom of speech. This includes the right to disagree with someone else’s religion, and to say so. Bill Donohue, of the “Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights,” seems to disagree. Currently he is going after Bill Maher and Barbara Walters for disagreeing with and mocking things important to him (he intends to launch a “campaign” against the latter).

Now, I believe respect and tolerance are important values in a civil society. But those virtues are inculcated by patient teaching and example, not by trying to shut people up who disagree. Because tolerance isn’t something that can be taught by, well, intolerance.