by Sam Hieb
Headline of Leonard Pitts column as it appears in the Greensboro News & Record:
Mike Pence was right in his Liberty University speech
This I had to read, because I knew the shoe was waiting to drop. Pitts is addressing Vice Mike Pence’s commencement address at Liberty University where he warned graduates that the need to be ready for a world where “some of the loudest voices for tolerance today have little tolerance for traditional Christian beliefs.”
Pitts says Pence’s address was “inadvertently right.”
In warning them that they will be “shunned or ridiculed,” what Pence offered those students was a faith hunkered down within itself, a victim’s faith, a whiny, put-upon, self-pitying faith disconnected from a world grown too complex and frightening to engage.
He offered them faith as foxhole.
It is faith that should embarrass the faithful.
….At this critical juncture, it is time for all hands on deck.
This is not a time for some of us to hunker in foxholes.
It’s too bad the vice president didn’t say something like that to the graduates. He would have been right to do so.
And not just inadvertently.
Pitts–with his hateful and small-minded opinion— only proves that Pence was much more than “inadvertently right.” And people of faith ain’t seen nothing yet—wait until the 2020 campaign season really heats up.