WARNING! This post treats concepts like good, evil, and God as if they are real. Some of the material I quote was even written by Catholic priests. If you follow the link, you may read a section of the article that compares abortion to killing something that’s alive. That doesn’t figure in my post, but Consider Yourself Warned.
As a Redskins fan, I hate losing to Dallas, but I don’t think that really counts.
Mark Gauvreau Judge writes about the radical idea that maybe it’s okay to hate things sometimes.
Unlike conservatives, liberals can’t abide the idea that some acts are in and of themselves intrinsically evil, in every situation, and must be met with pure hate.
I wouldn’t necessarily say that it’s liberals who are wrong and that it’s conservatives who are right, but the idea that many folks don’t like to acknowledge EVIL and are uncomfortable with the HATE their instincts tell them to feel toward it is sound.
I dare say that even Christ was capable of hate–a hatred born of righteous anger, to be sure, and directed at sin and not people, but hate nonetheless. The most obvious example is the moneychangers, but the Lord also seemed less than sanguine when he promised “eternal hellfire” for sinners.
He notes the Helm’s Deep battle in The Two Towers:
Aragorn’s army is beaten back into a corner of the castle, and his king feels all is lost. “What can men do against such reckless hate?” he wonders.
Aragorn doesn’t hesitate: “Ride out with me. Ride out and meet them.”
Just because movies usually get it wrong doesn’t mean that good things in movies should be discounted. He notes something that really bothered me in the days and weeks following the 9/11 attacks on America:
To one critic, this response was too clean and easy–and too evocative of the “hysteria” following September 11. The left has continually tried to muffle Americans’ hatred for radical Islam by equating it with racial profiling, but that hasn’t worked. Americans know evil when they see it, and all the social and economic reports from Amnesty International won’t change that.
Does anyone (besides Holocaust deniers, anyway) suggest that Nazis and their actions in the 1940s were not evil? Auschwitz wasn’t the result of some mental imbalance or honest misunderstanding. Why is it that our current enemy, who considers us to be abominations, has declared war on each and every one of us, and has vowed to destroy our very way of life, is any less detestable? The Nazis never even attacked us directly, like the Japanese did, yet we had no problem hating them and their regime. Should we have stopped at the German border in 1944 once the criminal act of invading France and the Low Countries had been corrected? We saw evil. We acted upon our very proper hatred of it. Today’s mainstream thought and international opinion probably would have left Hitler in power, perhaps handcuffed by some trade sanctions and maybe an official League of Nations condemnation.
Judge notes a 1972 pamphlet by Conrad W. Baars, a Catholic psychiatrist who was a consultant to the Vatican. Baars wrote
“[T]he feeling of hate for the nongood is necessary to move man to oppose it effectively even when it no longer constitutes a personal threat.”
and Judge ends
It will be interesting to see if we can sustain this perspective in the war on terror. It has all but disappeared in almost every other segment of American life.
Domenico Bettinelli, a Catholic journalist, notes
Spiritual evil hates us with every fiber of its being and we should return its hatred. It is set apart from our God and seeks to separate us from Him. Now some people will be uncomfortable with such bold language. Like St. Therese, they look at temptation as an opportunity to fly into the comforting arms of the Lord. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But it can also be an opportunity to wage war, to fight the battle against evil.
There is honor in this struggle. That doesn’t mean that we have always acted honorably, or that no holds are barred because of the honor we wield, but we stand on the side of the light.
If a general publicly puts the war into a context of good versus evil and in religious terms, I can see why the State might have issues with his declaration. But if our soldiers and our citizens are able to see the struggle in those terms, and act accordingly, I applaud them.
There ARE many shades of gray in the world. There always have been. There always will be. But gray doesn’t preclude white or black. Sometimes things fall into one of those “extreme” categories.
Our decisions should always be so simple.