For most of my adult life, I thought of myself as a slightly-right-of-center moderate but for the last decade or two I’ve been finding that the shrill, irrational and voices on the far right have pushed me more and more toward the left. People like Ted Cruz seem as dangerous to me as Joe McCarthy back in the 50s because both are agents of mistrust and condemnation. I hate being put in a position where I mistrust and condemn those who foster mistrust and condemnation. It’s like granting a victory for the manipulators. It’s just that I honestly think a person would be a fool to think Ted Cruz or those like him have a clue about the nature of America.
It is not that people on the extreme right have some sort of monopoly on such foolishness. Mozilla, creators of the web browser FireFox, just hired a new CEO. . .who resigned two weeks later. He felt he couldn’t be an effective leader while so many in the software universe were upset that he once donated $1000 to a campaign to outlaw gay marriage in California.
And we say we value free speech. What hypocrisy, what childish hypocrisy. I expect more sense of kindergarten children. We say we are opposed to bullying. That, too, is hypocrisy. The gay community has been practicing bullying for a quarter of a century. This is not freedom at work, it is an abuse of freedom.
If we are offended — as I am — that a company might not hire a Gay person to drive a dump truck, then we must be equally offended that a company might not hire a person for not supporting Gay marriage.
Oh, but this is different, we are told. If you believe marriage is for a man and a woman, you are a Gay-hater, a homophobe, a denigrater of the basic respect all humans deserve. That is nonsense. It is sheer bullying, unworthy of anyone with more sense than a five-year-old, and contributes far more poison to the conversation than nutrition.
Ah, they say, you’re just like those people who fought against integration for the Blacks. No, it is not the same. I am concerned with behavior, not inherent qualities. Our DNA does not, absolutely does not determine our morality.
I’m a strong believer in the conversation that must take place in our society and have to remain open to the possibility that the biblical Lord is leading us to a new understanding of the morality of homosexuality. But the shrill judgments that so commonly mark the conversation now seem to badly weaken their case. They are not fighting for justice, it seems, so much as for power. I cannot respect that and certainly cannot believe that has anything to do with the Spirit of Jesus Christ.