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How dare you disagree with us

By Mark Warde

One thing about the leaners-to-the-left, they are the only ones on the planet who have a valid opinion. So right are they in their views, that if you disagree, you are the bigot. You are intolerant. You should be forced by law to yield to their way of seeing things or lose your American benefits.

Help me understand who is the bigot?

What happened to agreeing to disagree? Why the disdain? Why the need to label someone a “hater” who has a different opinion or belief?

A bigot, says dictionary.com, is “a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.” Really? That is a two-edged sword. It cuts both ways.

There has been a cresting cultural wave sweeping the nation, and much of its oppositional force is against traditional families, the military, conservatives, Christianity, education and personal accountability.

Case in point, the Belmont Drive Missionary Baptist Church in Hood River (pop. 7,167), Oregon. It’s 63 miles east of Portland. I hear people want to keep Portland weird. The area is known for many good things, as well as an abundant supply of angry liberals.

I’m not sure why they are so angry. Maybe it’s the nine months of rain combined with drinking Starbucks that drives them stir crazy. Remember, it’s located in Oregon, a very liberal state.

But I digress. A small Baptist church in a small town along the Columbia River is nestled in the shadow of the famous Mount Hood – all 11,000 feet of snow-covered beauty. Of course, it is also a volcano that is likely to erupt. Maybe like some steam-building liberals.

They have gone nuts over Pastor Mike Harrington’s reader-board church sign at BDMBC. Its message, targeted to Christians, is causing liberals to blow their top.

It reads: “Wake up Christians, Allah is not our God, Muhammad is not greater than Jesus.”

What is surprising about that message? Biblically, that statement would be seen as true to many.

Harrington says he is being biblically correct, which he finds more important than being politically correct. He says he harbors no hate toward Muslims, only that he’s trying to educate others about his religion. Anyone who has read history is aware of the considerable differences between Islam and Christianity. They are far from one and the same.

Protesters have come with signs and their views that his sign is anti-Muslim, while others see the sign is about 9-11, about hate and the war. They picket the little church while carrying their own signs like: “Neighbor, take down the sign,” and “Allah is God in another language.”

So far, unlike the left’s violent opposition to the views of Donald Trump, the protest in Hood River has been peaceful. Interestingly, the attacks against the church have not come from area Muslims, but people who say they are offended for Muslims.

Evidently some people, when they are not being offended by others, have the time to be offended for people who may or may not be offended. Now that’s weird. Paul Blackburn, the city mayor, has also taken offense and referred to the church as bigots.

Even with plenty of staunch views, I have never felt the need to blast someone as a hater, a bigot, a racist, a sexist. Does name-calling make it easier to justify our frustration or malice? Yet we are all prone to labeling and lessening others whom we do not understand or agree. We must resist that slippery slope.

While there are things in this life we should hate, people, even very different, sometimes ill-spirited people, are not among them.

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