Published August 15, 2023
Written by Kristen Waggoner, World News
Photography by Simply American
Archbishop Charles Chaput once observed, “Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant, then it tries to silence good.” We have seen this pattern play out all too clearly in recent years. What begins with a polite plea for tolerance quickly moves to calls for acceptance, then to calls for celebration, and, finally, to demands for participation.
Those who don’t participate out of conscience are often made to pay a price. Jack Phillips and Lorie Smith are two examples of individuals who have faced years of lawsuits and even death threats because they wouldn’t violate their conscience by celebrating same-sex weddings.
This alarming shift from tolerance to coercion is now playing out with gender ideology. It was only eight years ago that this ideology truly went mainstream when Bruce Jenner famously came out as “Caitlyn.” That was the “tolerance” phase. Today, however, we are in a much different situation: Powerful institutions now accept the false idea that men can become women and vice versa, and any dissent to the contrary is being crushed. Look no further than the state of Michigan.
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