It becomes a duty to point out wrongdoings.
“Cody, isn’t that self-righteous? You’re a sinner too, you know.”
Does that mean if someone rapes or murders one of your family members that we do nothing about it?
“Yeah but Cody, that’s murder and rape. That’s different.”
How do you feel about homosexuality? Are you going to “let that one slide”, or are you going to send those queers to Hell?
(I know some liberal is going to misunderstand my point here. I bring up that point because homosexuals are pretty much the scapegoat for everything: mainly, conservative self-righteousness. My point is just because we are all sinners doesn’t mean that we don’t need to point out some evils within the world and take action, such as murder and rape. I don’t put them in the same category. Even though I know that homosexuality is a sin, I myself have had homosexual fantasies that I made myself feel guilty about in the past because of religion, but not because of this, I do not think that you can put homosexuality, a consenting act of peace and pleasure between two adults, in the same category legislatively, ethically, and any other category you want to put it in with the emotional scarring and non-consent that rape is, or the painful, violent brutishness that is murder.
It doesn’t matter that they’re all sins in the eyes of a perfectly holy being: there can be no equitable comparison between the three in the eyes of man other than accepting that they are all sins, but not putting them all in the same category as far as legislative punishment goes.
As far as religious condemnation goes, we’re all sinners, so we can’t condemn actions based on that fact unless we condemn them for harming others, which rape and murder do, but which homosexuality does not. That can be our only “religious” condemnation: religious in the sense that we love each other which, ironically, is our greatest commandment.
June 24, 2014.