Intolerance Shows Bigotry at Its Worst
Have you noticed how often words reflect the opposite of a person’s actions?
For example, the platitude “This isn’t personal, it’s just business” supposedly softens the fact that something intensely personal is about to ruin your day. Similarly, when you hear “I’m not prejudiced,” you can bet somebody is moments away from jaw-dropping bigotry.
County Commissioners Nick Picerno and Larry Caddell have voiced their support for the ill-conceived “Amendment One,” which states marriage is a condition only between a man and a woman. This thoughtless grandstanding has no chance of improving the state of matrimony in North Carolina; same-sex marriage already is banned here.
However, this unnecessary, overreaching exercise of state power guarantees additional injury to thousands of people who happen to be in love with a person of the same gender. Our commissioners would serve us better by espousing tolerance rather than intransigence.
Marriage already is an intensely personal decision, filled with stress and heartache. To truly defend marriage, proponents should worry less about who is getting married and more about the fact that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce.
The intolerance voiced by Mr. Picerno is at the heart of every extremist movement. Justifying persecutions of those who are different is an old tactic, unworthy of the 21st century. Fear-mongering chauvinism lends itself to simple thinking and simple captions.
Tolerance is trusting and gentle and requires good will. But freedom and liberty require tolerance and trust of all citizens.
Here’s a suggestion for our commissioners: Become more conservative. A true conservative would keep government out of our homes, out of our businesses, out of our personal affairs. A true conservative sticks to the proper job of government and would never support this intrusion into our bedrooms.
“Amendment One” is unworthy of a true conservative.
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