Because the issue is so important, I have decided to respond to critics of my last column on adultery, politics, and character.
As any reader of my columns or books knows, I am a religious conservative, and my primary concern is morality. By morality, I mean issues of good and evil. I am also concerned with the issue of sin, but sin and evil are not identical. All evil is sin, but not all sins are evil. For example, religious people regard saying the word “God” for no religious purpose (“taking God’s name in vain”) as sinful, but to regard saying, for example, “goddammit, I stubbed my toe” as evil is to trivialize evil.
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