Friday, March 01, 2013

We Care More About Others' Sins Than Our Own

Some persons who are going down to perdition: Whiskey-men, saloon-keepers, whoremongers, prostitutes, seducers of innocent virtue, wilful liars, theatre-goers, horse-racers, (and their kind,) tricksters in politics and business, and bad people of all grades are on the road to perdition.
No mention of murderers in this list, which is significant since the author thereof is Charles Guiteau, who assassinated President James A. Garfield.

This is from his book The Truth, and the Removal.  The work compasses two subjects - the first 2/5 a treatise on Christian religion and virtue, and the rest a justification for his crime.  Interestingly enough, the word "murder" appears only once in the first portion, in reference to the politics of the Caesars in the Roman Empire.

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