My truth, your truth

By WND Staff

New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey’s resignation Thursday for an extramarital homosexual affair was shocking. But it really should not have been. Gov. McGreevey said, “My truth is that I am a gay American.” It is the governor’s truth that that he is gay, that there is nothing wrong with being gay, and that he cannot help it. It is his truth; it doesn’t have to be yours. You see, we all have our own truths now, and they can all be different because we are all different. My truth may be that homosexuality is wrong, and according to that truth Gov. McGreevey is wrong. But Gov. McGreevey’s truth holds that homosexuality is just fine and it is right for him. So Gov. McGreevey is right. But I’m right, too. We are both right even though we disagree on what is right.

There is something terribly stifling about this kind of thinking, which is unfortunately becoming very prevalent in this day and age. People such as McGreevey, who believe that all truth is relative, are denying that such a thing as truth exists. The very phrase, “my truth” mocks the meaning of the word truth. Truth is fact; it is unchangeable. The scheme that any certain person can have their own truth is a lie. Anyone can have their own version of the truth, anyone can deny the truth, but no one can possibly have their very own unique truth, not even a governor.

What is stifling about the idea is that if each person has their own special truth, there is nothing to argue about, there is no wrong or right, there is no reason to correct someone or try to change his thinking. If we were all as passive about truth as the gay-rights groups demand us to be, no one would say anything. We would be very stifled indeed.

Not only is the idea of relative truth stifling, it is also flawed, especially in the case of Gov. McGreevey. Why did he resign? This is an elected governor who did what was right under his own set of laws, who stuck to his truth. More than that, he got out in the open, told everyone his truth, and apologized to his wife. Wait a minute. Why did he apologize to his wife? He apologized to his wife because of those conscience pangs that told him having an extramarital affair was wrong. But it was not wrong! When he had the affair, he was simply abiding by his truth that homosexuality was right for him. To not have the affair would be to deny his truth. Apologizing for the affair denied his truth and exposed a major flaw in the idea of relative truth.

McGreevey’s way of thinking is both stifling and flawed. But worst of all, it holds an imminent danger wherever it goes. What if someone decides one day that his truth is that homosexuality is right, an extramarital affair is right, and murdering his wife is right? He might be sentenced to prison or put in a mental institution. But the question will remain: Who are we to impose our truth on someone who was simply following the dictates of his truth? Whose truth is really true?

In any case, Gov. McGreevey has started down a dangerous road with no warning signs. Because when one lets go of truth – real truth – the questions start and the answers are a lie.


Katie Wright is a conservative writer and campaign consultant who lives in Wilmington, Ohio.