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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