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Thursday, August 30, 2007

 

If Liberals Do Something Bad Does It Automatically Become Good?

Re the Larry Craig story, on (apparent) Liberal writes Jonah Goldberg:

You are correct in that it's perfectly possible to be against gay marriage and be a homosexual.

It's also perfectly possible to be homosexual but vote against extension of hate crimes or discrimination legislation to include sexual orientation.

It's not really possible, however, to be homosexual and embrace the religious-conservative demonization of homosexuals as deviants, mental defectives, and crass sinners.


I wrote Jonah an e-mail as follows:

It's not really possible, however, to be homosexual and embrace the religious-conservative demonization of homosexuals as deviants, mental defectives, and crass sinners.

Jonah, first of all it’s a gross mischaracterization of the mainstream opinions expressed by religious conservatives.

Second, it’s not true.

Why don’t people who are not “religious conservatives” understand some very basic, fundamental, 2000 year-old facts about Christianity? I know of literally no Christians who believe they are without sin. And if I ran into such a creature, I would conclude that he or she is not really a Christian.

In fact, many of Christianity’s leading lights throughout history (and that includes some of the evangelists in the Bible) claimed they were “chief sinners” (see St. Paul "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief .“—I Tim. 1:15.)

It’s a shame that Jonathan Edwards “Sinners in the hand of an angry God” is not taught to our school children any more. It’s the most famous sermon ever preached in America. That should put a cork in the silly assertion made by your correspondent.

If you are a Christian, it is perfectly possible to sin while denouncing sin. The only people for whom this does not apply appear to be Liberals who have a compulsion to make every action they take to be a virtue. Do I need to point out the latest example: John Edwards as he defends his mansion and ownership of SUVs even as he denounces the use by others of SUVs?

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