I do not in any sense believe that I am better than someone else just because the set of temptations I have and those I succumb to are different from someone else’s. How can I hate someone else for his sins or his temptations? I have so many of my own.The debate in this country over this and other controversial issues is such that it is difficult not to feel personally insulted when we are seen not just as on the wrong side of the issue, but truly as "haters" and worse, as being called to hate by our own religion. It is difficult not to join in the vitriol that surrounds and passes for reasoned debate. Staying in a place of prayer is one way to avoid volleying back the negativity that is sometimes flung our way. It is also an excellent way to focus on what really matters--the human person as having innate dignity.
The quote that begins the article is apt:
...the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart, and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years.
—Alexander Solzhenitsyn, “The Gulag Archipelago”