Letter: In God we trust, not in labels

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I used to think I was just a regular guy, but I was born white, which now, whether I like it or not, makes me a racist. I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which by today’s standards, makes me a fascist. I am heterosexual, which according to gay folks, makes me a homophobic. I am a Christian, which now labels me as an infidel. I believe in the Second Amendment, which now makes me a member of the gun lobby.

I am proud of my heritage and our inclusive American culture, which makes me a xenophobe. I value my safety and that of my family and I appreciate the police and the legal system, which makes me a right-wing extremist. I believe in hard work, fair play, and fair compensation according to each individual’s merits, which makes me an anti-socialist. I believe in the defense and protection of the homeland for and by all citizens, which now makes me a militant.

I need to thank all my friends for sticking with me through these abrupt, newfound challenges in my life and my thinking. I just can’t imagine or understand what’s happened to me so quickly! In God we trust.