A Word In Edgewise: Yes, Virginia, There Is Evil


He used as justification for anything he wanted done, writes Amsterdam author Russell Shorto, that it be performed “in God’s service and mine, which is the same.”

Not a 2016 presidential candidate, but Habsburg ruler Philip II, who in 1566 poured an army into the Netherlands, along with Fernando Alvarez de Toledo, a.k.a. the Duke of Alba, to unleash the Spanish Inquisition on the Lowlands.

Nearly four hundred years later, Philip and Alba are still role models for some.

Pastor Steven Anderson, of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona, declares on YouTube that no “queers” or “homos” are allowed in his church, and goes on to call Leviticus 20:13 a “cure for AIDS, which was right there in the Bible all along.” Killing gays, he preaches, is divinely sanctioned, “Because if you executed the homos, like God recommends, you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant.”

Speaking before a Christian group recently, Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson shared his sick, sadistic scenario in which a hypothetical atheist father is forced to watch as two intruders rape his “little atheist daughters,” decapitate his wife, then castrate him, laughing, “Wouldn’t it be something if this was (sic) something wrong with this? But you’re the one who says there is no God, there’s no right, there’s no wrong, so we’re just having fun. We’re sick in the head. Have a nice day.” So, the only brake on Christian mayhem is the fear of hell?

California attorney Matt McLaughlin is gathering signatures for his Sodomite Suppression bill for the 2016 ballot. Ignoring (or ignorant) that straight folks also practice the act, McLaughlin advocates the killing of convicted gays and lesbians “by bullets to the head” or “any other convenient method,” as well as criminal punishments for those who distribute “sodomistic propaganda.”

That American clergy, celebrities, and members of the bar can blithely condone slaughter and sexual torture for hundreds of thousands of their fellow law-abiding citizens is my definition of evil. That their voices are heard and may be acted upon by listeners is the further dissemination of evil, worthy of those Spanish inquisitors of four centuries ago.

As I write this morning, the Supreme Court of the United States is hearing arguments on the same-sex marriage issue. Godspeed.

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