Michael Coren moves to the right....side of history
Michael Coren's evolution in thinking about gays has caught a lot of people off guard. Of course there is a difference between having a faith based view on homosexuality and being a hater but I think a lot of haters used to take great comfort in being able to say they shared the same views with a smart and respected guy like Coren. Now with his change of stance, they find themselves a bit exposed. And those who have held traditional faith based views feel threatened by the fact that a guy who is known as a thinker has done a lot of thinking....and changed his mind. They have to choose between dogma and some serious contemplation.
The conclusion of Michael's change came this weekend in a column for The Sun which you can read here. He also spoke with us on the show this morning.
A really compelling point Michael makes is that ultimately it was the obsessive and sometimes vindictive nature of the people who continue to rail against gays that convinced him he wanted no more of it. Michael decided the better side of his faith was to love and accept rather than judge and marginalize. It's pretty clear from a lot of the comments at the end of the column that he isn't going to change all minds but the migration from those who can't get over gays toward a live-and-let-live position is a one way affair. And Michael's evolution of thinking shows what a losing battle it is to use gays as a wedge issue. As he notes, kids today think nothing of it.
Taking part in Pride this weekend I noticed how many happy people there were around me and wondered.... why does anyone still wish unhappiness on them?