Saturday, January 24, 2009

Kudos to Tom

I'm not a huge fan of Hollywood, but I do have a couple of favorites. One of them let me down big time last week by saying something completely ignorant about people of my faith. (By the way, I thought the church's response was right on).

This week he apologized. I have great respect for people who are BIG enough to apologize when they are *wrong. People who do so publicly earn even more points with me.

Nicely done.

Last week, I labeled members of the Mormon church who supported California's Proposition 8 as "un-American." I believe Proposition 8 is counter to the promise of our Constitution; it is codified discrimination. But everyone has a right to vote their conscience – nothing could be more American. To say members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who contributed to Proposition 8 are "un-American" creates more division when the time calls for respectful disagreement. No one should use "un- American" lightly or in haste. I did. I should not have.
Tom Hanks.

*Wrong not because of his opinion, but for not allowing people to have an opinion different than his. His apology indicates he knows how to agree to disagree. I with there were more of that in this world, particularly over this extremely divisive issue.

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