To be sure, not every elected official, nonprofit organization, or religion for that matter, is going to be perfect – there will always a few bad apples in every batch. But the number of attacks, both politically and physically, by those who support the secular progressive worldview against those who believe in traditional, Judeo-Christian values have been on the rise. And the media has largely ignored them.
Although the racially inflammatory remarks Vice President Joe Biden gave to a predominantly African American audience in Virginia last week dominated the news cycle over the weekend, there has been a number of instances where the press has remained fairly muted in their reporting of issues that warrant coverage: the violence committed by members of the Occupy Wall Street movement last fall; the attack against pro-life activists in Little Rock, Arkansas on July 17th; the harassment of a Catholic priest in Chicago by gay rights advocates last week; and, most recently, the shooting of a security guard at a conservative lobbying group who supports traditional marriage.
Then there’s the case of Chick-fil-A, a company who’s CEO riled up opponents of traditional marriage so much that three of his restaurants were vandalized, politicians in Boston and Chicago vowed to keep Chick-fil-A restaurants out of their cities, and a chief financial officer of another company videotaped himself lecturing a Chick-fil-A employee about just how hateful her employer actually is.
Granted, the Chick-fil-A “controversy” received plenty of news coverage, but at issue here is that for a political ideology that prides itself on tolerance, non-violence, and equality, social liberalism and its supporters have displayed an unseemly amount of intolerance, violence and discrimination toward those who do not share in their views.
If this isn’t hypocrisy, I don’t know what is.
So why does the press fail to report on it? Indeed, when GOP U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin made a deeply offensive comment about rape the other day, all of the media jumped on him, and rightly so. What he said not only goes against common decency, it runs counter to the family values of the Republican Party, and is why so many conservatives have denounced what he said. But oddly enough, when supporters of the Democratic Party don’t live up to their own values the press downplays it all together or suggests that whatever was said was taken out of context.
If you look at the campaign trail you’ll see even more examples of hypocrisy. At one of Paul Ryan’s events in Iowa, hecklers shouted their opposition to his Medicare plan and then began to throw punches at volunteers as they attempted to storm the stage where he was standing. More recently, a Planned Parenthood activist snuck into a “Women for Mitt” event in Appleton, Wisconsin and proceeded to spit on those in attendance. And what might be considered the most offensive political ad aired in recent memory was the one produced by the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA that suggested Mitt Romney was at fault for the death of a steelworker’s wife.
The question must now be asked: why aren’t people like Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, condemning these violent, atrocious behaviors? For a woman who has risen to the upper echelons of the Democratic Party in a relatively short period of time, she has to know how bad her party looks to independent voters who are still on the fence about re-electing a president who has added roughly $5 trillion dollars to our national debt in three-and-a-half years and has failed to bring the unemployment rate down any significant amount. She may end up expressing concern for such actions down the road, but that’s as likely as the Obama campaign giving up on their demand to see Mitt Romney’s tax returns.
Tolerance, as all Catholics know, is not a Christian virtue. But faith, hope, and charity are. The Bill of Rights affords Americans the right to express their views in the political arena, no matter what their religious affiliation. Christians need to live out these virtues if they want to ward off the looming dictatorship of relativism that Pope Benedict warned about just before his elevation to the papacy in 2005. Because as we now know, tolerance is not a secular virtue ether.