Unmerited grace can be surprisingly difficult to accept.
Justice Louis Brandeis, said the way to respond to offensive speech in a democracy is “more speech, not enforced silence.”
If Rev. Todd Eklof is an apostate, so am I. If Rev. Richard Trudeau is worthy of censure by the board of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, so am I — indeed, I am more worthy of such censure than either of these men.
Rather than focus on the 50,000 or so active hard-core racists truly responsible for horrible acts, we spend our our emotional anergy on that white guilt we seem to enjoy.
Silence about our differences — cultural and genetic — can be dangerous to your moral and physical health.
We are all bits and pieces of biological, ethnic and cultural identities, and we are all subject to a complex interplay of systems.