Sunday, May 6, 2007

The Silent Majority Speaks Again

Perceptions are hugely important in this world. John Amaechi, the former NBA player who publicly announced that he is a homosexual, had his own perceptions of what would happen to him when he came out. He was afraid of "the wrath of a nation under God." He was hoping for some support from his former colleagues. He was baffled by the NBA's non-reporting. He was braced for a wave of hatred, and it never really came. While some people did express the negative side of life, on the whole he said, "I underestimated America."

There are many things about this story that illustrate how the fringes of opinion, politics, and religion have taken over. When did Christianity become known more for its hate than its love? When did America become something to be feared rather than the embodiment of a dream? Our history is full of examples of selfishness, bigotry, and all the demons that haunt humanity. But every once in a while, it's nice to see the Light shining.

The silent majority is still here. We are surrounded by shades of gray, and respond as best we can with common sense and love. And we really, really need to figure out a way to take back the world from the ideologues.

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