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Evil

I have mixed feelings about the term "evil". It's a word that conjures up images of a cartoon villain with a sinister laugh, whose sole purpose is to bring mankind to its knees, and whose pleasure is fueled by the pain of others.

Certainly, it's not an adjective that I'd loosely throw around to describe anyone whom I dislike, or who I think is a particularly nasty individual. Last night, while watching the television program "30 Days", I watched clips of anti-gay protestors carrying signs with some of the most hateful verbiage I've ever seen, and I heard some detestable things. Later that night, during a bout with insomnia, it occured to me that those people I had seen were, in fact, evil, and they looked nothing like the notorious villains I mentioned earlier. They were average, friendly looking Americans, filled with hatred driven by ignorance and fear. One might argue that because these people are ignorant, they cannot be classified as evil. I disagree. We are presumably in an enlightened age of science. We have educational resources available to us everywhere we turn, yet these people still choose to cling to views from a book that was written thousands of years ago. They are interested not in learning or opening their hearts and mind, but rather in demeaning and berating an entire class of people to validate their own existence. They duplicitously claim that they are doing God's work, and are working for the greater good of humankind (as does the K.K.K.). These deceitful claims only serve to mask a message of hate - a message which they intend to spread.

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