Protecting the Rights and Freedom of Your Citizens is not “Hate”

Somehow the idea is being promoted that to be an open society we have to accept everything. Not everything is acceptable. There are values and standards that we not only are free to reject, but must reject in order to protect weaker, vulnerable people.

If you are having a party it’s OK to not invite the bullies and rowdies.

It’s your party.

This does not mean we treat anyone badly. It does not mean we hate anyone.

Civilized people don’t hate other people. There are things that they do hate, though: they hate injustice, they hate oppression, they hate lying. There is nothing inherently wrong or bad about “hate” – it all depends on what you hate.

Hate behavior, not people.

Hate violent, unjust actions. Hate lying. Hate oppression. Hate deceit.

I hated the fact that someone broke the window of my car and tried to steal it. It made me angry. I hate theft. But I prayed for the person who did it. I asked God to bless them, to help them. You can hate an action and not hate the person.

And really, that is not a God thing, because I have kind, reasonable, rational atheist friends who, although they’d be angry about someone trying to steal their car, would make an effort to understand where that person was coming from, and would not think of violent retribution.

Doesn’t mean they’d be OK with it, but they would respond in a civilized way.

Ironically, even those who accuse anyone who criticizes Islam as being “hateful” or “bigoted” are expressing hate in their very words: they hate the thought of someone being unfair or hateful! They hate criticism.

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