Thank you, Leonard Pitts Jr., for your column about the cowardice of social conservatism (March 21, Page A-11). I have argued for years that it takes no bravery to be a social conservative as the urge to protect your own (be it race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual preference or even hair color) comes naturally, and can even be found in many instances in animals. It is an instinct.
Bravery comes from the ability to extend yourself to the support and protection of others who are not necessarily like you, and indeed may be very different from you. The ability to empathize is the sign of a greater social conscience and a truly caring person. Fortunately it is becoming a more common trait in our world, but there are still far too many who cling to their outmoded sense of "me and mine" rather than "us and ours."
That many of these social conservatives consider themselves good Christians when they so obviously ignore the teachings of Christ is the ultimate irony.