Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Does disagreement equal hate? According to the New York Times, it just might. In an editorial published 3 days after almost 50 people were murdered at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the Times argued that Republicans and other conservatives who disagreed with same-sex marriage and gender ideology were partially responsible. The editorial blasted opponents of same-sex marriage for helping to create a culture of “hate” where such crimes could happen. But this logic is neither wise nor helpful. Equating disagreement with violent hatred is divisive and is intended only to shut down debate in the name of compassion. Conservative Christians can and do grieve over hateful violence toward the LGBT community, even as they articulate a different worldview. Conformity is not the same as compassion, and the only way to protect liberty for all is to recognize the difference.