We Have More in Common, Than We are Different

Tornados are equal opportunity destroyers

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Tornados are equal opportunity destroyers
Tornados are equal opportunity destroyers

We’ve heard it a thousand times. A person is called out for promoting views that are exclusionary to a group other than their own, and their first response is, ‘well, I have friends that are, (fill in the blank) but I have standards, and these people don’t meet my standards.’ Such language is code for: Yea, but…

Whenever I hear this phrase, I am convinced that the person is guilty of the charge, be it racism, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamaphobia, Catholiphobia, or an irrational fear of anybody else that is a different color, belief system or religion of the speaker. What the person is really saying is, yes, I have friends that are less than me, but that is why I should be their leader.

This phrase has cropped up a couple times in the last few months. Donald Trump used the phrase when he was perceived as having a racist or homophobic policy, and now an Evangelical Christian used it in reference to Mormons.

Joanna Brooks, a Mormon historian  was interviewing Warren Smith who recently wrote an article attacking Presidential candidate Mitt Romney on the basis of his religious beliefs. In this interview Ms. Brooks pressed Smith on his anti-Mormon beliefs. He responded like this:

I have tons of Mormon friends. I spent a lot of time in the West… .But the doctrine and worldview are flawed and dangerous…

I have friends of all different faiths, nationalities, and whatever. What that had taught me is that we are all basically the same. We all have the exact same concerns in our lives, and that those things that make us different are really inconsequential.

We all eat sleep and defecate. We all have loves and losses in life. We struggle with our successes and our failures. We love to laugh and hate to cry. Tornadoes don’t ask your religious belief before they strike. Earthquakes don’t care what you look like, and the rain falls upon us all regardless of where we come from, what we look like, what we believe or don’t believe, and who we make a life with.

If I have a phobia, it is of arrogant elitists like Smith and Trump that think they think their way of living is the only correct way to live, for they seek to use these beliefs to tear down and eventually subjugate others to their ways.


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2 Thoughts to “We Have More in Common, Than We are Different”

  1. Lamplighter

    Speaking of dangerous, Warren Smith anyone??? In reference to the interview with Smith, it was when Romney tried to make the evangelicals comfortable with him that Romney lost us. Romney will never have their approval and I thought less of him for even trying. Much of what Smith said just reflects the things said about Kennedy and the Vatican ruling the country if Kennedy won. We had an evangelical approved pres. and you see where that got us.

    1. Good point about “W” being anointed by the evangelicals.

      Evangelicals bring up these fears of another religious group running the country because it is they that wish to rule by imposing their theocratic principles through the rule of law. The constitution is specifically written to prevent what they really want to do. It specifically states that there shall not be a religious test for the presidency, yet they don’t seem to agree with the framer’s intent on that little notion.

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