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Robert P. George: “those who stubbornly refuse to accept liberal secularist ideology”

18 June 2016

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“It appears to be a dogma of the (large and evidently growing) fundamentalist wing of the liberal secularist faith that to reject as immoral what someone does or believes is to despise that person. And so, many among the liberal secularist faithful assume that Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others who hold to traditional principles of sexual morality hate those who think and act contrary to those principles. That’s false and dangerous. What’s even worse, though, is that many appear to think that they are justified in hating, and even seeking to impose civil disabilities upon, those who stubbornly refuse to accept liberal secularist ideology, especially regarding sex and marriage and the moral status of the child in the womb. These “sinners” must be despised (as well as shamed and punished) for their transgressions. After all, to reject as morally wrong (or as imposing “dignitary harm”) what someone does or believes is to hate that person. Apparently there is no room in this religion for the idea of loving the sinner while hating the sin.”

 

Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Juriprudence at Princeton University

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