Tolerance. It's an overused word these days. The funny thing about tolerance is that the people who insist the loudest that other people exhibit that quality are usually the people who exhibit the very least of it to others.
A few days ago, I wrote about Paula Deen's situation and received a lot of positive response. One lady, however, wrote me that it would have been different if Paula Deen had used the dastardly word she used back in the '50s and '60s but she used it in the '90s!
Right. Twenty-five years ago. That was practically yesterday. I thanked the lady for her response and told her that I hoped and prayed no one would judge her for every thought, deed and word she'd had over the past quarter century.
But I am not here to beat that dead horse today. I have another issue on my mind, and I just want to say my piece and get it off my chest. The thing is, I know ahead of time that I will be castigated and berated and called all sorts of things by the people who disagree with me -- that great intolerant throng of people who demand tolerance in others but have none for those with opinions different from their own.
I am saddened and alarmed by the recent Supreme Court attack against the institution of marriage.
Uh oh. I've done it now. I have come out in print and said that I believe that the definition of marriage should be a permanent union between one man and one woman. What a bigot I must be! Obviously a homophobe at the very least.
I am none of the above. I am a Christian, however, and believe that God Almighty defined marriage several thousands of years ago and that the Supreme Court of the United States or the legislative body of any particular state has no right to change that definition.
Let me state for the record that I don't care who does what to whom among consenting adults in the privacy of their own bedrooms -- or wherever they may choose to carry on -- as long as I don't have to witness it. And I don't want to see males and females make out and swap spit in public, either.
But the media and the government have been trying their collective best for a generation now to convince people that there is no difference whatsoever between a homosexual relationship and the type of relationship that God ordained.
And they have just about succeeded because most of the people who believe the way I believe are so afraid of being labeled "intolerant" or "bigoted" or "homophobic" that they just keep their mouths closed and don't say anything at all.
What was it the philosopher said? "All it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to say nothing?"
Don't hear something I didn't say. I don't believe homosexuals are evil. I believe they are equal to me in every way. I know for a fact that God loves them just as he loves me, and I have done things just as bad as any of them have.
And I hate to harken back to the over-used stereotypical term of the '60s, but I will. I don't have anything against gay people. I have a lot of gay friends. The heck of it is that I do. I really do. And I am all for them having civil unions and the same protection under the Constitution as I have. Shoot, they have the same right to a life of misery as anyone.
But marriage is an institution sanctioned by God, and the Supreme Court doesn't have the right or the authority to change it. Their doing so is just one more nail in the coffin in which the United States of America will be buried.
We aren't supposed to say anything about this because we might offend someone, but we are in trouble in this country because we have turned away from God and morality. Remember when Vice President Dan Quayle was ridiculed for suggesting that the Murphy Brown television character was irresponsible and setting a bad example by having a child out of wedlock? That was a generation ago. Now the majority of children born in this county are born to unwed mothers. That hurts me. That hurts you. That hurts the children. That hurts the school children. That is not the way God planned for it to work.
It is the exception rather than the rule for a child to be born to an intact family here. Think about that!
Today is Sunday. Less than 10 percent of our population is in church today. We are a Biblically illiterate society. We are easy pickin' for Satan. In fact, he is having a field day in the U.S. of A.
The president of the United States wasn't just whistling "Dixie" when he bragged that we are no longer a Christian nation.
We took a giant step away from being one last week. But don't say anything about it in public. You don't want to be thought of as intolerant.
Darrell Huckaby is a local educator and author. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. For past columns, visit www.rockdalecitizen.com or www.newtoncitizen.com.