Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Can we know that Bush and Cheney are evil?

After all, how can we know what’s in their heart of hearts? Let’s not play psychic friends network.

But what if, instead of their “character”, we evaluate people based on their actions, and the consequences of their actions?

I’m going to bring in my homeboy Jeebus for this one:
Matthew 7:15-20

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Maybe interpreting Bible quotes isn’t as easy as interpreting Big Lebowski quotes. But fear of inaccuracy or of jumping to conclusions never stopped me before.

The passage seems to say that you can tell evil people by what they do. They might appear to be OK on the surface, but they produce evil outcomes.

Evil people are people who do evil things and cause evil things to happen. They may have the best intentions, may be the most devout people out there and may have a great fitness regimen, but it doesn’t matter. They must be recognized for what they are and they must be stopped. Bad trees are useless to the community and must be cut down.

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