More like: ‘hate the sin, hate the sinner’

By Matt Barnum

I wanted to add one more piece to already terrific commentary on the Phil Robertson controversy that the blog has run.

There’s been a lot of ridiculousness out there: particularly the delusional notion that it is somehow a violation of free speech for A&E to fire Robertson. That argument has been demolished for the Constitutional illiteracy it shows. I would add, in fact, that by firing Robertson, A&E is exercising – rather than impeding – free speech. Conservatives of all people – such as the ones who strenuously argue that companies have a first amendment right to discriminate against gays – should recognize that companies also have a first amendment right to discriminate against people who hate gays.

There’s also the idea now that Robertson’s views are ho-hum, standard Christian doctrine. NOM put out a press release saying as much: “What Phil Robertson has done is express the traditional Christian view of homosexuality — decry the sin but love the sinner. It’s what every major Christian leader including Jesus Christ himself has taught us.” Thomas Lifson at American Thinker, also got the same talking points.

So let’s be completely clear about what Robertson said:

“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.

“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

Okay. So this is what it means to love the sinner, hate the sin? In one breath we’re told how awful and illogical homosexuals are, how we won’t inherit the Earth. Then we’re told – no, no, we don’t judge! Why ever would you think that? But Robertson isn’t ‘let[ting] God sort ‘em out’; he’s holding himself as arbiter of sin, and belittling gay people in the process. That’s wrong, and even Christian opponents of homosexuality shouldn’t defend it.

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2 thoughts on “More like: ‘hate the sin, hate the sinner’

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