(You can read Mary Sanchez' column here in its entirety.)
In Mary Sanchez’ op ed piece “Rick Warren Needs to Evolve”, she writes as though she knows him intimately. At least she judges him so. After all, she told us what Rick Warren fears - “America will recognize him for what he is: an old-time religionist with outdated beliefs”. Her words betray the fact that she doesn’t know the man at all.
But she also betrays her own hypocritical “religion of tolerance”, so common in our culture. The Gospel of Tolerance 1:1 says, “Live and let live. Different strokes for different folks. I’m OK, you’re OK. Whatever floats your boat. Don’t let anyone cramp your style.” Then verse 2 of the Gospel says, “But it’s kosher to be intolerant of those you deem to be intolerant. If someone disagrees with you, bash them.” Adherents to the Gospel of Tolerance, we’re told by Ms. Sanchez, are “enlightened”. The rest of us must be in the dark.
She mocks his prayer life. She belittles his strongly held belief that God has revealed His will in the Bible and that if you believe like Rick Warren you, too, are a bumpkin. She equates a moral lifestyle choice to one’s race without offering scientific evidence for the same. (But that’s “faith”, isn’t it?) She confuses Warren’s church with Warren himself, speaking of his “tax free status”. Has she seen his latest 1040? Out of one side of her mouth she declares his freedom of speech while out of the other she questions his right to pray in public and calls him a bigot.
What we have here are two preachers of two different religions: Warren and Sanchez. One says, “None of us perfect. That’s why we need God. He loves us in spite of what we do. He may not like what we do, but He loves us.” The other says, “God formulates His views of right and wrong by our enlightened and evolved humanism. And if you don’t agree with my view, you’re a bigot.” One God has established absolutes. The other goes along with the whims of the times.
I can’t help but find it humorous that President-elect Obama’s selection of Warren has met with such strong opposition from those who elected him. He’s betrayed the religion of tolerance by saying, “We’re all Americans. We don’t have to agree on everything.” And to them, that’s heresy.