Tolerance Is No Longer Appropriate Says NY Rabbi, Holocaust Survivor Honored by Pope

Arthur Schneier told diplomats that concept of tolerance conveys the idea 'I am superior, I tolerate you,' goal must be mutual respect

Pope Benedict XVI (L) greets Rabbi Arthur Schneier, from the Park East Synagogue in New York City, during an audience with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organisations at the Vatican February 12, 2009.

A New York rabbi and Holocaust survivor who previously was honored by Pope Francis says tolerance is no longer an appropriate end goal, especially after recent attacks on churches, mosques and other religious gathering places.

Arthur Schneier told diplomats in Rome on Wednesday that "tolerance" conveys the idea "I am superior, I tolerate you." He says mutual respect and understanding among religions must be the goal instead.

Schneier founded the Appeal of Conscience Foundation in 1965 to promote human rights and religious freedom worldwide. He addressed a reception in his honor hosted by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.

When an Asian diplomat noted that the Trump administration advocates building border walls, Schneier replied that America's fundamental institutions are "very strong pillars of democracy."