According to Tom Hanks, I am un-American because I am a practicing Mormon and there are “a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop-8 happen”. That’s right Tom, paint us all with the same brush.
I don’t live in California. I really didn’t care about Prop-8 and, frankly, find that politics based on somebody’s sexual preference offensive.
According to the 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, I am with in my rights as an American citizen to voice, support and express my religious ideals. According to the tenets of my religion, I am to look at every issue that comes before me and make up my own mind based on my own research and the doctrines of my faith. When I am told that I am un-American for being a person of faith, it rankles me.
I have friends of all colors, creeds, religions and preferences. I respect them all. I expect respect from them in return. But to have a self-important blow-hard make statements about a group that he really has no understanding about, declaring them un-American, I find that un-American. The man is grand-standing because it is the ‘in’ thing to do to persecute people who stand by their personal beliefs.
Just fifty years ago, we had a senator chasing shadows and ruining lives under the auspice of being an American. Actors, Scientists, Writers, Philosophers were all called to the carpet and pilloried because they had a different idea, a different point of view and were declared un-American.
Tom, you’d better be careful who you label, it has a way of coming back to haunt you.