Andrew Sullivan: "After compassion, there must be an accounting, and a deep one. In my view, the entire Christianist project that Haggard helped build must also be torn down. Christianity must be taken back from these power-grabbers and fear-mongers. Just as true conservatism must be rescued from this White House and Congress."
He's talking about the "massage"-getting, meth-buying Christian minister lately in the news.*
Compassion? Really? I should be compassionate? Sorry, I gave at the office. The jerk deserves all the shame and ridicule he gets. I pity his wife and I feel sorry for his kids, especially if they're not adults. I suppose that's compassion. It doesn't reach very far. Call me limited, but I think people need to toughen up.
I'm not religious and I don't want to be and yet I manage to treat people with the same decency and respect I would like in return. The message you get in this culture if you're an athiest agnostic is that it's impossible to live a moral life. Fuck that. Like living a moral life only becomes possible if you do believe in god. Whatever!
If I lied to my lover, bought meth from a prostitute massage therapist, and pretended to be something I wasn't, I personally know I would be wholly unable to accept any compassion when it all came crashing down. That's how it works in my moral universe.
*That's what the guy's admitted to; the allegations go farther. I don't disbelieve either party at this point.