People joke about how they "lose faith in humanity" from reading this blog, and since I gave up full-time blogging I've been seeing my faith in humanity restored. I have more confidence than I used to that random people are smart, or at least smarter than I thought they were.
Reading homophobic pastor Louie Giglio's statement on why he's not giving a benediction at the inauguration I remembered why I thought people were so dumb. It was arguments like this:
The issue of homosexuality (which a particular message of mine some 20 years ago addressed) is one of the most difficult our nation will navigate. However, individuals' rights of freedom, and the collective right to hold differing views on any subject is a critical balance we, as a people, must recover and preserve.
Translation: "You're intolerant of my intolerance and that's the real intolerance" mixed with "Free speech for everybody means that I, and only I, have a right to this very specific platform, that I was previously granted after of decades of saying what others expected of me."
A year and a half of not blogging has restored my faith in humanity, and I refuse to believe that someone could think that those arguments make sense. The only conclusion that leaves is that it's just dishonesty.