Sun-Times, encouraging comment on its breakaway Episcopal church in West Chicago story — here carefully noted but not yet commented on — received and ran this wholly predictable blast at “hypcrisy”:
”We’re a close family,” said Catherine Clark, 66, of Batavia [one of the breakaways].
“Anyone can come here — black, white, gay, straight — and be loved.”
This statement contravenes this congregation’s split from the gay-friendly Episcopal Church, wouldn’t you say? Maybe it’s some of that “hate the sin, love the sinner” [nonsense].
Well Bob, wherever you are, while defending to the death your right to call something nonsense when you yourself are espousing nonsense, I must disagree.
You can’t be serious about rejecting the idea of hating sin, right? I mean, would you decide you can love ax-murder, or wouldn’t you rather try to love the ax-wielder while hating ax-murder? The latter, I’m sure.
Now, if you reject sodomy in all its parts, why can’t you love the poor, misdirected sodomist?
No, Bob, whatever the failing, the hypocrisy for the Christian would be to love sin along with the sinner or, heaven forbid, hate both. The Christian can’t do either, being unwilling to identify people ineradicably with what they do.