Today, Gerry Charlotte Phelps is celebrating the anniversary of her imprisonment (she was a 1960s college radical). While in prison, she found God and turned her life around. Thinking about her, it struck me that one huge difference between liberals and conservatives is their attitude towards sinners.
On the one hand, liberals embrace the unrepentant sinner (e.g., Bill Ayers, Mumia Abu Jamal, and Stanley “Tookie” Williams, all of whom are liberal causes célèbres). On the other hand, conservatives embrace the repentant sinner (e.g., Chuck Colson, Gerry Charlotte Phelps, and Oliver North, all of whom served their time and made the best of their new lives.) That speaks volumes about liberal and conservative attitudes towards personal responsiblity, societal obligations, justice, and law and order, doesn’t it?