Our culture’s weary rivals are lining up in my inbox like scarred, fatigued warriors. One side sees everything through the prism of “traditional family values.” The other bays open-mindedness and brands its opponents as intellectual Neanderthals. Both are reading from a stump speech worn out several elections ago.
And my own script has yellowed: “Fine, we’ll talk values. I value life-long heterosexual marriage; I value respect for parents; I value the sanctity of life and I’m against abortion on demand. But I also value the biblical mandate for environmental stewardship and I fear human-induced global warming; I value God’s compassion for the poor and argue for universal health care; I value the truth; I value life for street kids and advocate gun control laws (like many police chiefs). There’s more to biblical ‘values’ than the ‘values voters’ value …”
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