Mary Sanchez (12/30, Opinion, “Warren needs a faith driven by tolerance”) kills pastor Rick Warren softly with her “enlightened” brand of tolerance. In truth, she reveals her own intolerance and illogical reasoning in her critique of President-elect Obama’s inaugural chaplain.
She brands him as intolerant for upholding traditional marriage. Since when is honoring marriage an expression of prejudice? The majority of California citizens thought so, including the blacks and Hispanics who carried Proposition 8 to victory.
Sanchez insists, however, on pairing Warren’s view of homosexuality with racism, a foolish parallel at best. Ethnicity is 100 percent biologically based and immutable, while sexual identity is subject to multiple variations (Lindsay Lohan, anyone?) and variables.
Moral decision-making is one such variable. And Warren has consistently demonstrated true tolerance by loving those who embrace homosexuality while gently disagreeing with their insistence on marriage rights.
Maybe Sanchez should follow her own advice to Warren and reflect on the quality of her own brand of tolerance and reasoning.
Mary Sanchez talks about how those against gay marriage hold “old-time beliefs” despite the fact that many states have bans against the measure, most of them voter-approved. If California, one of the most liberal states in the country, does not want it, what does that tell you? The majority of people do not want gay marriage, and we all know it.
Maybe Ms. Sanchez can explain to me how for decades Billy Graham, who was close to many presidents of both parties, was universally admired despite being a religionist who preaches that without believing in Jesus one would go to hell.
As one who voted against Barack Obama, I am impressed with the courage our president-elect has shown in this matter. Ms. Sanchez just might be discouraged because Obama is not the all-pleasing, perfect American savior that many have made him out to be.
Mary Sanchez believes that Rick Warren needs to learn to be tolerant of homosexuality. She says he differs with mainstream (and that makes them right?) views of evolution and same-sex marriage.
But I must ask Mary whether it is right, by her standard, to be intolerant of Warren’s intolerance? It seems easy for people today to speak out against intolerance, but they must realize that they are being just as intolerant by calling Warren the same.
Total tolerance is impossible when there is intolerance. Our world should not be fighting for tolerance of lies. We should fight for truth, which leads to intolerance of lies.