“Goodness is about character—integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” – Dennis Prager
The man who is able to listen to those with whom he disagrees–not merely to hear, but to understand–is not a man whose principle is soft, but one whose principle is fused with generosity of heart, and tempered with kindness.
One cannot proclaim to be tolerant without actually being tolerant. It sounds crazy, right? Before you continue reading, don’t conflate my use of the word “tolerant” with the condoning of behavior to which one is personally morally opposed. Tolerance is civility, it’s anFR understanding that we are all human, and as such, we must respect each other’s humanity, outside the sphere of political or moral positions. This does not mean acceptance of perceived immorality.
Now that I’ve wasted a paragraph carefully defining the parameters of a word that shouldn’t require extra definition, let’s get to the meat.
Last Monday night, Ted Cruz hosted a get together in the penthouse of two very prominent, gay businessmen—Matti Weiderpass and Ian Reisner. The topic was supposed to be Israel and national security, but after the New York Times reported the story, and Matti Weiderpass posted a photo of himself with Ted Cruz on Facebook, Israel was nowhere near the front of anyone’s mind.
Weiderpass and Reisner were eviscerated on social media. Reisner responded on Facebook:
“I was given the opportunity to have a candid conversation with Senator Ted Cruz on where he stood on issues including the state of Israel and national security, which are the only places where we share common ground.
…Senator Ted Cruz and I disagree strongly on the issue of gay marriage, but having an open dialogue with those who have differing political opinions is a part of what this country was founded on.”
But the onslaught of absolute hatred did not stop, it only intensified. Here’s just one example of the kind of comments made on Reisner’s Facebook page:
A boycott of the hoteliers’ properties in New York and Fire Island was organized through Facebook, and currently has over 8,600 “likes.” Additionally, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS pulled out of an event scheduled for one of their hotels.
Weiderpass and Reisner have been seriously bloodied by the gay mafia, and it’s a shame. All they did was talk to a conservative, and they were brutalized. Reisner has since crumbled under the pressure, posting this on Facebook:
Coward. I gave this guy credit for having a dialogue with someone with whom he disagrees. That lasted about three seconds.
Some have mischaracterized Cruz’s get together as a show of support for gay marriage—to which he is personally opposed. Some have even taken a statement he made out of context (shock), and called it a moral flip-flop. At the meeting, Cruz allegedly said that if one of his daughters were gay, he’d love them just as much. Allegedly, loving your children regardless of their sexual orientation is a moral flip-flop. I call BS.
This incident is a microcosm of a much larger idea. Conservatives are tolerant in practice, while the gay mafia and their allies are tolerant only in theory. Tolerance is pretty when it’s just a theory, but in practice, it hurts, and the left has a very low pain threshold.
Ted Cruz didn’t see Weiderpass and Reisner for the fact that they were gay, but rather for the policy issues in which they had a shared interest. Cruz was the tolerant one, looking past differences, and seeing humanity. The left were the hate-filled bigot—a bit of a perception reversal, if you’ve been brainwashed by the anti-Christian media.
I’m not a mind-reader, but it seems like Ted Cruz wants a better America. And while he will not break his own principles to get to the presidency, he is perfectly willing to include in the conversation those with whom he may have some political or personal differences. That is the mark of extraordinary savvy, and moreover, it’s indicative of the incredible difference between the right and the left. One side practices tolerance, while the other just talks about it.