By Tom Quiner
One of my best friends is a liberal. I think she’s okay with that label.
She is one of the finest people I know, a truly beautiful human being.
She is a lifelong Roman Catholic whose Church holds a central place in her life. Her faith has been her rock in getting her through life’s vicissitudes.
I respect her and I love her.
I am truly amazed at how differently we see the world. She would agree on that statement. To her credit, she took me to coffee once and asked why I’m a conservative. She sincerely wanted to understand why I view the world the way I do. She listened respectfully, asked me some questions, and she came away knowing me even better than before, and I came away knowing her even better.
We got into a fascinating conversation over dinner a few years ago. She was over for dinner with some of my family. The conversation turned philosophical. My wife asked her brother if he believed in the idea of absolute Truth, with a capital T.
Essentially, his answer was no. My friend agreed.
My wife, Karen, and I were amazed. As Roman Catholics, we believe in Truth as revealed by scripture and Tradition to Mother Church.
My friend said she has her truth, but that someone else may have their own truth. Even more, she didn’t feel she could impose her “truth” on someone else. Even more, she disagrees with her Church on critical social issues, and votes for candidates who wish to impose anti-Catholic policies on secular society.
Karen responded that that didn’t make sense. For example, either Jesus is the Christ, or else he’s a liar or a lunatic. There is no gray area. He is either the Son of God or he is a bad man. This example, though, didn’t sway her.
On the other hand, in another recent conversation, I made the politically-incorrect statement that I did not believe in the “theology” of global warming, aka climate change.
She was stunned.
As a liberal, she views it as settled science. As a liberal, she has faith in the liberal elite and the priests of Secular Humanism regarding the absolute Truth of man-made global warming/climate change. Even more, she is willing to impose this view on others through various liberal political schemes.
[For the record, some 1000 international scientists from around the world dissented on the so-called science behind climate change in a report presented to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico in 2010.]
So what is the difference between a conservative and a liberal? My friend might bristle at this, but it seems to me the difference is: who is your authority? Who’s truth do you embrace?
Who is your god?
Who is your God?