Increasingly we are living in an era where we are supposed to encourage openness, “keep it real,” agree with everyone, make sure our opinions take into account everyone’s feelings, and if someone dares to disagree with me, especially if their opinion makes me uncomfortable, I can call them a bigot.
The irony of this theology is that it is self-defeating. If you possess an opinion then you will, sooner or later, offend someone. That’s the way opinions work. What most humans, especially Americans, do immediately upon hearing an opinion is try it on for size and see how it feels. Then it is decision time: call them a bigot or respond maturely. Your call.