No, I’m not asking this question for myself. Rather, my question is directed at folks like “Rick & Gary”:
RICK AND GARY SAID:
“All very cute. But Haggard said that he opposed homosexual marriage because homosexual conduct is a sin. Presumably, he believed it to be a sin even when it involved a prostitute and crystal meth.”
1.To begin with, I don’t what was especially “cute” about my post.
I quoted a philosopher, a Jewish social critic, and a homosexual man of letters.
The actual arguments of Prager and Vallicella went right over their heads.
2.I’m still wondering why they think Haggard is a hypocrite. Because he’s a junkie?
Is a junkie by definition a hypocrite? Or is it only a junkie who disapproves of drug addiction?
How many junkies approve of drug addition? Do they become drug addicts because they think this is a wonderful way to live?
Surely the average junkie is painfully aware of the fact that his drug habit is destroying his life. Wouldn’t he kick the habit if he had the willpower to do so?
Why do Rick & Gary have so little empathy for men and women who find themselves trapped in compulsive and self-destructive lifestyle? Isn’t compassion a liberal value? I guess not.
3. Is there something hypocritical about a junkie who warns other people about the dangers of drug addiction? Who better if not a junkie?
How does experience disqualify you from warning others to learn from your own experience?
4.Or is he a hypocrite because he keeps his addiction a secret?
But suppose he’s been able to hold down a good paying job. If he goes public with his addiction, he’d lose his job.
Don’t Rick & Gary have any friends who are addicted to drugs? Are all their friends a bunch of hypocrites?
Or only those who work for a living?
Or only those who work for a living while they warn others about the dangers of drug addiction?
5.Back to same-sex marriage, why do they think Haggard is a hypocrite? It’s not as if he was opposing same-sex marriage at the same time he had a private wedding ceremony to marry his boyfriend.
So where’s the hypocrisy?
It would be hypocritical of he denied same-sex marriage to everyone else while he made an exception for himself. But that’s not the case.
6.Or is it because he was an ordained minister? That he was leading a double life?
But don’t some of their homosexual friends lead a double life as well?
Indeed, isn’t one of the stock arguments for homosexual ordination that there are good men and women who are forced to lead a double life because a homophobic church compels them to choose between ministry and the partner they love?
Why are Rick & Gary so judgmental? Shouldn’t we expect members of the homosexual community to be more understanding and accepting of the pragmatic compromises which men like Haggard must make?
Don’t they have any friends in analogous circumstances?
7. What’s wrong with being a hypocrite, anyway? Do they believe in moral absolutes?
What did Haggard do wrong? Violate traditional Christian ethics? But they don’t believe in traditional Christian ethics.
So if they don’t think that traditional Christian ethics should set the standard of right and wrong, what did Haggard do wrong?
8. Are they saying that it’s worse to do the wrong thing if you think it’s wrong than it is to do the wrong thing as long as you think it’s right?
If so, do they think a skinhead who lynches a sodomite in good conscience is better than a man who lynches a sodomite even though he thinks it’s a sin to do so? Is that their idea of moral clarity?