Keith O’Brien: evil.

I was digging through the file labeled “Not Surprising at All” this morning and came across the story of Keith O’Brien, the Archbishop of St. Andrews and exceedingly high-ranking Cardinal.  It turns out that he spent his whole career ferociously opposing the rights of homosexuals and making advances on his male subordinates.  One of those was public, the other was not.

If you want all the details, Mark Turner has a great write up over at the Friendly Atheist.

I will only say that this guy is a sick, twisted person.  Not because he wants to be intimate with men, that’s quite beautiful.  What’s sick is that he could dedicate much of his life to infringing upon the happiness of people with the same desires.  It’s twisted to call consensual love a danger while coercing those beneath you for intimacy in the shadows.

I don’t know how a human can lack empathy to that degree.  How can he not put himself in their shoes?  When the dogmas of religion supplant empathy, that’s where true evil lies.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.