The Magic 8-ball sez, "Say what?":
Our editorial last Sunday praised the Moral March in Raleigh as an effort by engaged citizens to show that there is broad and deep discontent. That brought a letter from a reader that is distinctive for its sweep and its summary of the raw conservative grievances against those protesting.
Gay rights? I personally don’t condone homosexuality, I guess due to my Baptist upbringing. I do oppose same-sex marriage. I think the decline in morals will be the downfall of our country. I am entitled to my belief as much as all these protesters. What [annoys] people like me is that these protesters act as though I have to like and condone their views. I can’t be entitled to my view anymore.
Both you and Ned Barnett need to understand something: your opinion about how somebody else should live their life is not at the same level as that person's right to live their life as they see fit. Same-sex marriage has no impact on your life, no matter how many demons your twisted mind might create. And as for the author himself, you need a lesson in false equivalency:
One issue here, as always, is race. It’s the subtext to much of our current polarization. The writer would have blacks “get over it.” But it’s not over. The Civil War was the start of the civil rights struggle, not the end. No one wants to be called racist, and people are almost universally sensitized to the wrongness of prejudice, but most people nonetheless do make prejudgments based on race. It may be a condition only time and exposure can change, but it would help if progressives also showed an awareness of white, working-class complaints about unfairness. It turns out that white guys in pickup trucks are subject to prejudgments, too.
The same goes for tolerance. That also means tolerating those who find the shift toward accepting gay marriage hard to reconcile with their experience and their religious views.
For the last fricking time, not tolerating intolerance is not in itself intolerance. This bigot's opinion is not "academic" in nature, it has already been put into action by amending our state's Constitution to codify bigotry into the document by which we are governed.
And you would have us try to make room for such hatred in our Progressive ranks? Aside from compromising our own views in doing so, we would also be administering a stinging slap in the face to our LGBT friends in the process. Ain't gonna happen. Angry white bigot is just going to have to remain where he is, stewing in his own hateful juices.