Tolerance does not mean acceptance or participation. It means allowing people to make their own choices about what they choose to do, and to respect the ability of their fellow citizens to do the same as long as it does no injury to them. What this contretemps shows is that America is getting a lot more intolerant the more “tolerant” we become.
Should public schools teach the gay rights and civil rights movements as parallel narratives? That all moral criticisms of homosexuality are motivated by irrational animus? That virtually the whole of the Judeo-Christian tradition is homophobic? That the Roman Catholic Church, which continues to describe homosexual acts as “objectively disordered,” is the moral equivalent of a hate group?
Just flip through the opening pages of everyone’s favorite work of secular prophesy — Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America — and you’ll find a provocative alternative interpretation of Christianity’s role in the creation of the revolutionary ideal of human equality. The stunningly rapid rise of support for gay marriage over the past two decades is just the latest in a very long line of victories for that consummately Christian ideal — and it’s unlikely to be the last.
When it comes to gay marriage, the dissonance between the two Republican camps further underscores the GOP’s broader ideological divide. And it calls attention to the vocal influence of its more regressive, unflattering corners, further hindering the party’s attempt to broaden its appeal to younger voters, many of whom are gravitating en masse to the Democrats because of social issues like gay marriage.
But since then things have deteriorated, with the movement for gay marriage (which I support) serving as an occasion to turn ideology, once again, into an identity marker. Do you support gay marriage? If so, then you are One Of Us. If not, you must be a homophobic bigot. And bigotry has no place in Enlightened America. So get the hell out.
I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’ — not a word!…. Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson.
With The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem had a similar opportunity to demonstrate growth as both an artist and a human being — and once again, he failed to take it. Instead, he’s turned his considerable talents as an artist to the same regressive, lazy garbage he was spewing in 2000.