Yesterday, I tossed out two common sentiments and invited readers to compare and contrast them. And wow, did you folks go to town over it. There was a brief incursion of asshattery, but the conversation quickly returned to civility and many thoughtful responses — several of which actually annoyed the hell out of me, because they were using some of the ideas and concepts I am using in my upcoming “big piece.”
But I figured since I started the whole thing, I ought to toss in my own opinion:
Anti-war activists: “support the troops, oppose the mission.”
Anti-gay fundamentalists: “love the sinner, hate the sin.”
To my way of thinking, these two sentiments have a great deal in common. Both have a large number of people who state them. Both have a large percentage of those who state them who tend to not actually believe them, but mouth them as platitudes to conceal their own biases and bigotry. And most importantly, the louder a person proclaims one of them, the less likely they are to accept the legitimacy of the other. Those who shout against the war tend to say that the anti-gay activists are hypocrites for stating their position, and vice versa.
LT SMASH’s piece was the catalyst, but in no way should that be considered a criticism of him. His blog is in my top 10, but it is not at the top of the list. However, on the list of bloggers I respect and admire, he is number one. His piece was followed by Rosie O’Donnell’s latest asshattery, and I was reminded of how many gay rights activists say that “love the sinner, hate the sin” is hypocrisy. That the two positions made such wonderful mirror images suddenly “clicked” in my head, and I had to toss it out.