In his book, What Americans Really Believe, Rodney Stark, professor at Baylor University, makes an interesting observation. “The most virulent and common form of religious intolerance still to be found in America is that held by the irreligious toward the religious. As for the reverse, religious people express little hostility toward the irreligious.”

In our experience, many of us agree. The real “hate crimes” move from liberals to conservatives, not in the other direction. Has the speech perversion of George Orwells 1984 found a roost in contemporary culture? Those who patiently and mercifully object to deviant behavior are accused of hate, but those who try to censor the virtuous are now the practicioners of love.

Be wise as serpents but gentle as doves.