Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Selective forgiveness

Tell me that we need mercy and understanding for sinners - with an eye on anti-white BLM thugs, LGBT activists and abortionists - and I'll follow suit. But I'll do so, first, to the racists, the sexists, and the porn consumers. Once I've confirmed that mercy, forgiveness and understanding is meant to be applied to all sinners in this Step 1, I'll proceed to the Step 2, of applying it to the thugs, activists and abortionists.

So far, Step 1 has yet to go off without a hitch. It turns out that understand, forgiveness and tolerance is to be applied extraordinarily selectively. Imagine that.


Valtandor Nought said...

And when they are applied, no doubt, it's with a view to not only refusing to punish or exclude the sinner, but also not even insisting on confession and repentance.

Why, it's almost as if the only socially approved form of "mercy, forgiveness and understanding" is a repeal, in practice if not on paper, of the passages in Scripture (and Church teaching for the Catholics) that condemn the actions and attitudes involved.

Crude said...

Yeah, that's a great way to put it. It's not mercy, it's a repeal. It's not forgiveness, it's a denial of wrongdoing under a fake name.

Mike said...


I've quoted this passage before, but it seems appropriate to the topic of "selective forgiveness":

"I wouldn't touch him with a barge-pole myself," said Mallow.

"There is a limit to human charity," said Lady Outram, trembling all over.

"There is," said Father Brown dryly; "and that is the real difference between human charity and Christian charity. You must forgive me if I was not altogether crushed by your contempt for my uncharitableness to-day; or by the lectures you read me about pardon for every sinner. For it seems to me that you only pardon the sins that you don't really think sinful. You only forgive criminals when they commit what you don't regard as crimes, but rather as conventions. So you tolerate a conventional duel, just as you tolerate a conventional divorce. You forgive because there isn't anything to be forgiven."

"But, hang it all," cried Mallow, "you don't expect us to be able to pardon a vile thing like this?"

"No," said the priest; but we have to be able to pardon it."

He stood up abruptly and looked round at them.

"We have to touch such men, not with a bargepole, but with a benediction," he said. "We have to say the word that will save them from hell. We alone are left to deliver them from despair when your human charity deserts them. Go on your own primrose path pardoning all your favorite vices and being generous to your fashionable crimes; and leave us in the darkness, vampires of the night, to console those who really need consolation; who do things really indefensible, things that neither the world nor they themselves can defend; and none but a priest will pardon. Leave us with the men who commit the mean and revolting and real crimes; mean as St. Peter when the cock crew, and yet the dawn came."

-"The Secret of Father Brown", G.K. Chesterton (1927)

Crude said...

Ah, thank you, I was looking for that one for a while.

Mike said...

What you said has another aspect to it. They condemn the sin that stays in the heart more than the sin that is realized in concrete action. The racist white who nevertheless doesn't actually hurt any black people is worse than the BLM activist who violently disrupts a peaceful brunch, storms Milo's stage, etc.

Valtandor Nought said...


My perception is that it's worse than that, as the status of an action or attitude (OK or sinful) all too frequently seems to depend on who is the agent and who is the patient. The BLM activist is justified by the racism (or even just "privilege") of the "white man". "Vengeance is ours," say the perpetually aggrieved, "and we will repay!"