In our culture, we have learned that militants across the behavioral-and-belief spectrum pose a threat to society at all levels. We see radical environmentalists who literally promote anarchy toward-and often set fire to-profitable institutions. We hear of '60s radicals who use the classroom to war against every last vestige of America's first principles and against all we've held sacred. And even now, our nation is under siege from groups of terrorists who celebrate the deaths of those they oppose the world over, and particularly in the West.
Although varied, all such militantism is tied together by a common trait, and that is intolerance. None of those listed above will tolerate anyone who sees the world through a paradigm different from their own. If you disagree, I invite you start a conversation with some tenured leftist university professors about the economic genius of Friedrich Hayek or members of Al Qaeda about the supremacy of Christ.
These examples notwithstanding, perhaps intolerance is never more visible than when we look at the vocal advocates of homosexual behavior. If you disagree, I invite you to ask Peter Vidmar what his experience has been.
Vidmar is the "highest scoring gymnast in American history." As an Olympian (1984), he was the team captain of USA men's gymnastics and has since served as a U.S. Olympic ambassador, as the co-chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee Summer Sports Summit, and on the executive board of the United States Olympic Committee, among many other things. He is currently the chairman of the board of USA Gymnastics and a gymnastics commentator for both CBS and ESPN. He has lived a life that has commended him to generations of Americans who comprise the viewing audience of gymnastic events the world over.
Fittingly, on April 28, the USOC announced they'd chosen Vidmar to serve "as Chef de Mission of Team USA for the Games of the XXX Olympiad," where he would "provide overall leadership to Team USA and function as the liaison officer" between the various Olympic committees. But before he could relish the moment, the militant opponents of marriage as the union of a man and a woman launched a verbal attack against Vidmar that forced him to resign the honor.
What was Vidmar's crime? How did he bring this on himself? He joined 7 million other Californians in supporting the state's Proposition 8 in 2008 and had the courage to make historically informed statements on the value of preserving "a traditional definition of marriage."
Alan Sears, a former federal prosecutor in the Reagan Administration, is president and CEO of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal alliance employing a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.