For too many liberals, tolerance applies only to those whom they agree with. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent statements claiming, "Right-to-life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay — if that's who they are, they have no place in the state of New York because that's not who New Yorkers are."
Read it again, and pretend it said: "Pro-choice, anti-self defense, homosexuals – if that’s who they are, they have no place in the state of New York because that's not who New Yorkers are” — and imagine the uproar that would occur.
Cuomo’s statements leave many traditional New Yorkers in the cold, and regardless of where one stands on the political map, it is amazing that Cuomo’s rhetoric has not been more widely condemned. Imagine the uproar we would see if a Republican would make such offensive claims. Why is it that liberal extremists are given a pass?
Cuomo's position would find no place in New York for many people of virtually all traditional religious faiths. For that matter, it would also exclude social conservatives who happen to be atheists.
Many traditional New Yorkers stand against Cuomo’s statements, and his comments are dangerous, as they rule out debate, compromise, and tolerance. How can that be effective communicating for the governor of this great state?
Conservatives and liberals should stand together and say that we have the right to disagree and cannot be told that any American isn’t welcome in the great state of New York. These intolerant and offensive statements should be condemned.
How many religious people of all faiths would consider Cuomo’s statements, and quote back President Ronald Reagan who said, “The frustrating thing is that those who are attacking religion claim they are doing it in the name of tolerance, freedom, and open-mindedness. Question: Isn’t the real truth that they are intolerant of religion? They refuse to tolerate its importance in our lives. If we ever forget that we are One Nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."
Cuomo’s statements are offensive and must be retracted.
Ronn Torossian is one of America’s foremost Public Relations executives as founder/CEO of 5WPR, a leading independent PR Agency. The firm was honored as PR Firm of the Year by The American Business Awards, and has been named to the Inc. 500 List. Torossian is author of the best-selling "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations." For more of Ronn Torossian's reports, Go Here Now.
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