Bigotry

To the Editor,

Bigotry is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as intolerantly devoted to one’s own church, party, belief, or opinion.

I didn’t vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton because I didn’t find either one of them trustworthy or worthy of the presidency. But I knew one of them would win. What I find disheartening is the liberal bigotry that has once again reared its head during this past inauguration weekend.

First there was the violent protest on inauguration day. Then the women’s march excluded a women’s group because they were pro-life. Both of those expose an intolerant devotion to ideology. A spokesperson for the excluded women’s group said, “We are in favor of women’s rights in respect to their bodies. But we also recognize the rights of the bodies in the womb, and at least half of those bodies are female.”

What would Democrats think if conservatives had reacted to Hillary Clinton’s election like these liberals have? Would bigotry be an apt word to describe it? I think so.

Kirsten Powers, a self proclaimed liberal journalist, wrote a book, The Silencing---How The Left Is Killing Free Speech. She calls this new breed of liberals, ill-liberals, because what they try to do is silence all opinions but their own. Call it what it is---bigotry. She gives example after example of how this is being done on campuses all over America. This past week is another example.

What our country needs is not more partisans shouting down, or at, the opposition, but people who can try to listen, understand and talk to one another. Maybe that would be more possible if we prayed for our nation and its leaders, regardless of party. Indeed, if we’d pray for those who think differently, maybe we’d become more tolerant, even accepting of one another.

“I urge that prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:1-3)

Jim Wilson


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