What is the definition of religious tolerance?
For individuals, religious tolerance generally means acceptance of other people's religions. It does not mean believing that other religions are equally true, but that others have the right to hold and practise their beliefs. Within a nation or ethnic group, it is acceptance of the right to hold beliefs that differ from the dominant religion, worship freely according to these beliefs and attempt to peacefully convince others to convert to that faith.
Simply stated, Individual Soul Liberty means that the individual, whether a believer in Christ or not, has the right to choose what he believes is right in the religious realm, including variants of Christian doctrine or otherwise. No state church was to be formed, as it was in England and many other countries, which would force citizens and residents to conform to its doctrines and practices.
Although this is widely accepted as our right today. much controversy exists over religious freedom, that endangers that right. While some insist on having religious tolerance to non-historic positions, the problem exists today of hypocritical intolerance to common beliefs, which were accepted from the days of our founding fathers. This historical basis of common national faith is not an individual church or denominational teaching, but that which is firmly ensconced in our laws and founding documents.
Religious tolerance makes sense. If you force another to believe and practice what you believe, then it isn't truly accepted in their hearts. Even Christ, in instructing His disciples said, "Whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when you depart out of that house or city, shake the dust off your feet." Matthew 10:14 It is not that the disciples did not have the right message, nor that there was no responsibility of the hearers to respond to the truth, but there was to be no forcing of the message on anyone. People have the right to choose, yet they also have responsibility to what is true.
Belligerent preaching or forcibly imposing ones beliefs on the beliefs of another, is intolerance. In a free society such as ours there should be tolerance of other beliefs, as long as these others are not harming another's rights by their practice. To insist that other's be tolerant of your beliefs, while not allowing others freedom of their beliefs, indeed is not religious tolerance.
We currently stand in a vortex of a belief system that chooses to spread their beliefs by the sword. Americans should not tolerate this nor any other encroachment upon our religious freedom. Religious tolerance requires even-handedness, else it is hypocrisy.
To my understanding, the answer simply means tolerating and recognising each other's religious beliefs, without any provocation or hindrances to practice.
The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 18 uses a very sound definition of religious tolerance:
"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."