Tolerance as a strategy, not a virtue

NBA player Jason Collins has been celebrated as heroic for announcing, “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center, I’m black. And I’m gay.”

And, as long as he doesn’t break any laws regarding sex, he is free in this country both to live his sexual lifestyle and to announce his sexual preference. 

I agree with fellow NBA player Jason Kidd who tweeted, “Jason’s sexuality doesn’t change the fact that he is a great friend and was a great teammate.”

But when NFL player Mike Wallace (Miami Dolphins) said he didn’t understand it, and tweeted, “All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH…” within minutes, Wallace removed the tweet, and put up this one: “Never said anything was right or wrong I just said I don’t understand!! Deeply sorry for anyone that I offended”

I am sure Wallace never imagined the kind of anger and hate that would be aimed at him for violating the new social code! Even the Dolphins organization scrambled for fear of backlash. Wallace has been demonized, scandalized and attacked for expressing his opinion. Unless he can make an adequate show of repentance and restitution, he can expect to remain the object of scorn for a long time.

The same is true for ESPN analyst, Chris Broussard. It appears that Broussard is not free to express his viewpoint when he said, “… if you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality — adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals — whatever it may be, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ. So I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I don’t think the Bible would characterize them as a Christian.” 



Although Broussard has it right when it comes to the teachings of Scripture and the historic position of the Church, he has been vilified by many for expressing his opinion. Unless he can make an adequate show of repentance and restitution, he too can expect to remain the object of scorn for a long time.   

What a sham!

This is not about tolerance or freedom. Why isn’t Wallace’s right to say what he feels just as important as Collins’ right to announce his sexual preference? Where’s the tolerance for Broussard to announce his beliefs? Where are the people who are brave enough to expose this hypocrisy of social coercion and manipulation?

We’re not talking about someone’s race or gender but the kind of sex he prefers. Intelligent people will not fall for the false comparison of sexual preference with race and gender. But where are the brave people willing to say, “Enough of this intolerance!”? 

The people who are no longer free are those who choose to believe what most people throughout human history and what a majority of Americans still believe, that marriage is a relationship meant for male and female. Yet to openly say that you believe this is like asking to be vilified  and verbally assaulted.

Who are we kidding? This non-sense has to stop!

The thinly veiled arrogance one is treated with if he or she opposes gay marriage is a form of social coercion. Make no mistake; you are absolutely required to give full endorsement and celebration of gay marriage if you want to be publicly approved.

As reports emerged about Collins’ announcement, they were filled with manipulative code language aimed at denigrating anyone who doesn’t endorse gay lifestyles. Homophobia, anti-gay hate, bigotry, discrimination, etc… This is an all-out strategy of coercion.  

Don’t misunderstand. If we require treating all people with respect no matter their sexual preference, I would fully agree. But this is not the way it works.

The morality currently being imposed says that if you choose a different viewpoint on homosexual behavior, you’ll be treated as a social outcast and made the object of condescending ridicule or angry intolerance — you might even get fired from your job!

This strategy of social coercion to approve the sexual preferences of a small number of people who want to engage same-sex behavior has gotten out of control. We’re not being asked to tolerate but forced to approve and celebrate homosexual preferences. In many places, you’re simply not permitted to have a different viewpoint. This irrational insanity must end.

Is this the kind of tolerance we want for our Country? Whatever happened to freedom for all? Can’t we have respect without coercion and control? 

Most people feel that the public square has increasingly become a place where you must believe what you’re told to believe — or else! If you dare to disagree with the required viewpoint, prepare to be falsely accused of all kinds of evil and to be mocked with a smug and condescending attitude.

The public has been indoctrinated with a need to become more tolerant of others. Fair enough. But what we’re getting now is a distortion of tolerance as a strategy of power to control people. This is an “Agree, or else!” agenda.

We need to wake up and realize that the actual virtue of tolerance can only function where there is disagreement. Tolerance is unnecessary to those who surrender or minimize their differences. Forced agreement only threatens true tolerance and violates freedom. Those who are truly tolerant treat others respectfully despite strong disagreement.

If we care about freedom, we need to promote tolerance and respect and reject coercion and manipulation. We’re headed for real trouble if we let this agenda continue.  

As a citizen in a democracy, I respect the liberty of people to make their own moral choices within the law. And, in such a society, I reject all violence against those who choose different lifestyles. But now we’re experiencing forms of social violence against those who simply disagree with same-sex behavior.

It appears that the only people in the closet today are those who are scared to disagree with gay marriage.

Steve Cornell


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8 Responses to Tolerance as a strategy, not a virtue

  1. Elliot Morrison says:

    Well done Steve. Good to see a Bible believing Pastor take a stand for the truth. Take courage……it is only over when God says it’s over !

  2. Thank you Steve for a thoughtful, but pointed take on this current topic.

  3. Where is this hosted, as the time of my post is 4 hours into the future?

  4. Walt says:

    I thought Mike Wallace was a really old TV journalist…I guess I’m out of touch. 😉

  5. wm brown says:

    Well said – thank you for some sane moral clarity Steve.

    Why does this guy have to announce his sexual preference? – I wonder if it’s an opportunistic attempt for his career? Obviously there’s nothing courageous about it – it’s ultra-PC to be pro-gay lifestyle (as Obama’s recent inane actions confirm; he called this guy to congratulate him and made a huge public display of it!).

    Why aren’t we hearing our athletes saying, “I’m a 34 year old NBA center, I’m black, and I’m promiscuous”. What’s the difference? It’s adding one’s sexual preference proudly to the
    skin color and profession. I suppose that will be the next agenda of the PC thought police – to mainstream promiscuity (it’s already pretty far along in the media, education, and other culture forming institutions). Then what after that – one can only imagine.

    –William

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