From around the neighborhood.

When I saw the “Hate Has No Home Here” yard signs around the neighborhood, I was not especially surprised. We can be quite stupid. So, I thought, “here is another educational opportunity.”

I started with a little research. The first thing I saw was websites trying to sell the yard signs. Then I saw articles unhappy with the signs. Then I saw an article peddling LGBT spinoff and an article condemning the article. Here are some of the more interesting articles.

Then I look into the Bible.

Where is that “Hate Has No Home Here” yard sign coming from? Since our nation has a Christian heritage, the people who display the sign may either be Atheists or Christians.  Whether we realize it or not, the Christians who preceded us still inform our moral codes. That’s one reason the Bible remains relevant even to Atheists, especially a passage like this.

1 John 4:15-21 New American Standard Bible

15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has [a]for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear [b]involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.

Does the fact we are not suppose to hate our brother mean we are not allowed to hate, that it is wrong to hate? No, but some see only the command to love our brothers (and sisters, of course). Our brothers are Christians. Since Christians are God’s children, we had better not hate those whom God loves. In fact, we should not hate other people. Nevertheless, they are things God hates, and what God hates we should also hate.

What are some examples?

God hates idols and human sacrifice.

Deuteronomy 12:31 New American Standard Bible

31 You shall not behave thus toward the Lord your God, for every abominable act which the Lord hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.

We should hate wickedness.

Psalm 45:7 New American Standard Bible

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.

We should hate evil.

Psalm 97:10 New American Standard Bible

10 Hate evil, you who love the Lord,
Who preserves the souls of His godly ones;
He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

We should hate divorce.

Malachi 2:16 New American Standard Bible

16 For [a]I hate [b]divorce,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “and [c]him who covers his garment with [d]wrong,” says the Lord of hosts. “So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.”

Of course, the New Testament approves of the Old Testament.

Hebrews 1:8-9 New American Standard Bible

8 But of the Son He says,

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
And the righteous scepter is the scepter of[a]His kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness above Your companions.

Does God hate sinners? I guess not, but He does love justice.

Revelation 6:9-11 New American Standard Bible

The Fifth Seal—Martyrs

When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O [a]Lord, holy and true, [b]will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.

Think the God of the New Testament is mild or even indifferent to evil? Revelation says otherwise. God has all eternity, all the time He needs to avenge the evil we have done. So, He waits for exactly the right time. Therefore, it is best to repent and ask forgiveness now.

What about that sign? What exactly is wrong with it? Well, if “hate” does not have a home “here”, then neither does love. That is because we hate the things that hurt the people we love. That hate motivates us to demand justice, and justice requires punishment.

47 thoughts on “THOSE WHO LOVE ALSO HATE

  1. “Of course, the New Testament approves of the Old Testament.”

    Great line, Tom. Made me laugh.

    I’m not a fan of hatred, but I’ve watched my community leave me with no other rational or moral options. We’re very pro drugs, and now a few on the fringe are pro pedophilia. I hate what both addiction and child sexual abuse has done to people I love. So there is just no moral or ethical way not to hate evil and wickedness.

  2. You seem to have missed both the movements facebook page and its website

    My first five hits on google:
    1) The homepage of the movement
    2) A blog post in Psychology Today, on why people putting up the sign receive hate mail
    3) The movement’s about page on their wordpress site
    4) The movement’s wordpress site
    5) The movement’s facebook site

    “Hate Has No Home Here encourages other communities to participate in combating hateful messages and behavior in their neighborhoods by going beyond the poster or sign (follow us on Twitter for ideas!) In the North Park neighborhood, we have used this opportunity to gather neighbors, start conversations about protecting and encouraging each other, and make plans for using resources to educate others.”

    “The “Hate Has No Home Here” sign project began with a group of neighbors from North Park, a Chicago neighborhood characterized by its diversity of age, race, nationality and ethnicity. Many ties bind the residents of North Park to one another; the most notable is the neighborhood school, Peterson Elementary School, where the student body mimics the demographics of the neighborhood and where educators and families are committed to celebrating diversity. The phrase used in this poster was imagined by a third grader and kindergartener at Peterson Elementary School;”

    This campaign calls to overcome prejudices and to build bridges between communities of different ethnicities.

    I am at a loss, how this movement and its message would trigger a post on Christian’s obligation to hate evil.

        1. I still do not see, how the movement can trigger a post like yours in response.

          Imagine for a moment there was a similar “Evil Has No Home Here” movement, with a Holy Spirit dove emblem. Would you believe the folks extolling this movement were particularly “evil-free”?
          I suspect the first thing you would wonder is how exactly they define evil.
          Add to this espousing some very publicly evil activities (violence, looting, murding law enforcement ect) while basking in the ostensible purity of their “evil free movement”.
          That’s a rough approximation of what is happening with the “hate free movement”.

          I always disliked those “baby on board” stickers on cars.
          Is this because I don’t want babies to be protected?
          No, it’s because I’m wondering what sort of person thinks others are out to get into accidents but will avoid them if there is a baby on board.
          Unlike…say, “teenaged driver”, which is fair warning and I will stay far back.

          1. It is worth mentioning that, ironically, at present anyone putting up said “anti-evil” sign would be in great peril of harm by the ostensible “anti-hate” folks.
            Vice signaling it is. As was mentioned in the third article of the post.

          1. It seems my spider-sense for passive-aggressiveness is underdeveloped in comparison to yours and others here. I read the sign as “Hate (for people) has no home here”, i.e. people are aware of the detrimental nature of prejudices and want to overcome them. That reading is reinforced, when you go beyond the cover of the book and look at the actual website. That content still does not say anything about what the people involved actually do, just what image they want to project. So my final judgement is still out, but I have yet to encounter red flags.

          2. I read the sign as “Hate (for people) has no home here”, i.e. people are aware of the detrimental nature of prejudices and want to overcome them.

            Why make a sign about it and post it in your yard?

            I think your spidey senses are fine, they are just adjusted to your ideology.
            Same reason liberals can post ad nauseam about goose steppers, storm troopers, brown shirts, Hitler et al without a word from you until the Christians have the temerity to liken the situation to the “Gestapo” and oh boy you got het up.

          3. @liz
            Same reason liberals can post ad nauseam about goose steppers, storm troopers, brown
            shirts, Hitler et al ?

            I can’t recall this happening here. Would you kindly link me to where I missed that fun on this site?

          4. @marmoewp

            I am a Classical Liberal. Doubt that is the sort of Liberal Liz is talking about.

            Marmoewp, you are very good at finding stuff online. The notion you cannot find numerous examples of Liberal Democrats, including leading party members, referring to their political opponents (even policemen) as goose steppers, storm troopers, brown shirts, Hitler et al is ridiculous.

          5. Would you kindly link me to where I missed that fun on this site?

            Think this site only allows two links.
            I suppose I could make the effort, but that type of perusal seems a waste of time since it has been so obvious and de rigor.
            From memory, The first time ‘goose stepping” was mentioned was years back, after Trump suggested a national parade. The first time “brownshirts” was mentioned (I remember because I had to look it up…truly), it was after the press secretary was thrown out of a restaurant. Standing up to folks who work for Trump is like standing up to those brownshirts, you see.
            There was Pelosi’s assertion about Trump’s “Stormtroopers”, met with likening it to some play about Hitler (which I would accept as rhetorical flourish if every other post didn’t also seem to throw in “white supremacist” and/or “white nationalist” and/or simply “racist”) surely you have seen this.

          6. Please reread your comments. Do you really want me to start off-topic comments decyring the frivoulous use of third Reich references from random liberal blogs, or when some newspaper reports such from Democratic politicians?

            There are very few instances where brownshirts is warrented (the tiki torch marchers at the Charlottesville synagoge come to mind). Comparisons to the Nazis should not be used lightly. I find it objectionable when Pelosi is doing it, I find it objectionable when Guliani is doing it, I find it objectionable when you are doing it.

          7. @marmoewp

            I suppose some readers are confused by this comment. Marmoewp complaints about Third Reich references began here,

            Comparisons with the Gestapo should only be used when you, marmoewp the Great, think appropriate? Hmmmmm.

            Frankly, I tend to avoid Nazi and Communist comparisons because of what you are doing. People get so emotional about the word choices they don’t see anything else. Most of us won’t admit that we were born as savages that had to be civilized.

            Americans use to do a fairly good job of civilizing their children, but we have turned too much of the job to politicians. Dumb!

            Is the governor of California abusing the First Amendment rights of the people of his state? Yes. No doubt about it.

            Will the governor of California further abuse the rights of people of California if he is not appropriately restrained? Yes.

            Could America look like Nazi Germany eventually if the people of America don’t protect each others rights? Yes. In fact, it could get worse, but that is up to God. We can only pray that He continues to protect us from ourselves.

            Anyway, when they were not even aimed at you or Germany, I suggest you think about why you find the references so annoying.

            Are you proud of your country? Are you tired of being reminded of the worst part of its past? Try imagining sending your children to a school system that teaches Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. Imagine being white and told you are a racist and whites ruined the country. Imagine that teachers present even the most positive things about your country history to your children as damnable. That’s what Liberal Democrats do.

          8. “Are you proud of your country? ”
            I am proud of what it has become, even if there’s still a lot of room for improvement. We are on our way.

            “Are you tired of being reminded of the worst part of its past?”
            Actually no, I take it as a constant reminder, how easily a civilisation can be turned into evil, when people stop seeing the other as a human neighbor. I am aware, that not everybody shares this sentiment.

            “Try imagining sending your children to a school system that teaches Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality.”
            The Third Reich and the Holocaust _are_ part of the school curricula in German states. Some schools invite and have invited Holocaust survivors (as long as they were living) to the history lessons, or organize trips to concentration camps. I think doing so is excellent. Are you arguing, the subject and these activities ought to be dropped from the curricula?

            “Imagine being white and …”
            Do I really need to say anything here? My grandparents and their relatives were, as far as I can tell from our interactions, what you would consider good people on the personal level. Nonetheless, both my grandfathers had leading jobs in the production of military equipment. They were doing their part in the “defense of Germany against outside aggression”. I love them as my good grandparents, but should I really simply forget about that part of their life and pretend it never happened? Is that your advice?

          9. @marmoewp

            Your questions are not germane. (see Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality is based upon an ideology that is just about as sick as Nazism or Communism. Thanks to Liberal Democrats, public school children are being taught theories and lies as true and factual. Do you want your children raised as a bunch of ignorant, angry, guilt-ridden, and fearful people looking for someone to lash out at?

          10. OK, here’s your unsolicited comment, as this comment of Biden has made it into German news.

            I do not condone Biden comparing Goebbels to Trump. The former was working for, aiding and abetting a state, which he knew was in the process of killing millions of people for their race, political leaning or sexual orientation. Trump does not deserve that likening. However, I think Biden is right on the part describing Trump’s modus operandus: “You say the lie long enough, keep repeating it, repeating it, repeating it, it becomes common knowledge”.

          11. @marmoewp

            When Biden compares Goebbels to Trump, he is just getting started. Joe Biden blames President Donald Trump for all of the 200,000 COVID-19 deaths in the USA. The implication is that he, Joe Biden, is some kind of god, and no one would have died if he had been president.

            Joe Biden is just a liar promising things he has no intention of delivering. He calls Trump a racist and uses news media lies as proof. If anyone is repeating the Big Lie, it is Liberal Democrats and their news media allies.

            Liberal Democrats do what the Nazis and the Communists do. They retain power by dividing us and urging us to hate each other. That is what academic theories like Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality exist to do. That is why any Christian should find theories like Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality abhorrent.

            Trump is just a smart guy who is trying to rally Americans to defend their constitutional republic.

            Is Trump a patriot? I hope so, but I don’t know his heart.

            Is Trump a saint? How would I know? All I know is that he appears far better than the alternative. With respect to political candidates, better than the alternative is the best choice we can do. That’s is why we need to put our hope in God, not stuff, sex, science, state or self.

          12. “You say the lie long enough, keep repeating it, repeating it, repeating it, it becomes common knowledge”
            Like Russian collusion. We now have a smoking gun that the democrats were colluding with Russia. We have doctored intelligence, a director of the FBI who lied directly to the public, doctored e mail, text exchanges between agents asserting they were going to take out civil liability insurance, and an actual exchange of money.
            But….they were the first to scream Russian collusion and did it so long and hard no one knows or cares, or takes and interest now that it has been proven they are the culprits.

          13. Another tactic is partial/selective information that leads the recipient to form false conclusions. I don’t watch CNN but I’ve heard they haven’t covered this story at all. Which is pretty easy to believe, based on what I’ve seen of CNN (which Doug helpfully provided).

          14. Bloomberg is paying the fines to bail out 32,000 felons in Florida so they can vote in this election. Additionally, the DNC has around 22 million dollars used to bail out criminals jailed for violence at riots. All while the democrats are screaming about the destruction of white supremacists. Do you see the republicans bailing out violent neo-nazis for crimes? It isn’t Trump who “tells the big lies until people believe it” I could go on and on, but the fact they are bailing out criminals and supporting the defunding of police (another lie by the democrats…that defunding police is a republican claim, when in fact this defunding has already occurring in cities around the nation).

          15. @Liz
            I’ve had a look into your claims. Looks like both of them are false.

            Bloomberg has not raised money for bail, but money to settle the debt of felons who have completed their sentence and are either free or on parole. These people are eligible to vote under Florida law, provided they have paid all debts to the state.

            As for the DNC claim, here’s the finding of politifact

            Should you have reliable sources to the contrary, I’d be interested to read them.

          16. @marmoewp

            You are playing semantical games. Bloomberg is in fact paying off the debts of convicts so they can vote. Democrats actively pursue the felon vote.

            In Virginia our previous Democrat governor gave all convicted excons in the state the right to vote. When Republicans took him to court and got that reversed because he could only commute sentences individually, the jerk put a mechanical pen to work.

            It is a joke to say the Biden campaign did not pay the bail of rioters.

          17. I also heard about Seattle’s bold new policy idea on law enforcement yesterday. Apparently it cuts the number of police officers and also cuts the salaries of the people in positions of authority in law enforcement. Sounds like a brilliant strategy in the face of escalating violence and destruction.

          18. I think so too. My husband ran into a guy from California on his last hunting trip a couple of weeks back. He said Newsome has his own police force within the police force. He doesn’t seem to trust the police force at large to enforce his firearms policies, so he has a short list of individuals who do so. He’s very proud of that. Smacks of the “palace guard” to me. I have no doubt the end goal is to replace the entire force with party loyalists. I don’t think this is exclusive to California either.

          19. I don’t think it’s exclusive to law enforcement either. I have significant reservations about some military leadership as well.

          20. My bad. Bloomberg is buying the votes of tens of thousands of convicted felons, but not jailed convicted felons (with the exception of those on house arrest).
            Biden’s supporters are the ones bailing out the jailed rioters, not the DNC directly but indirectly. I was also wrong about the amount of money. I said 22 million but they raised 20 million in four days. It is closer to 30 million now.

          21. @Tom
            In Florida felons can vote after completion of their sentence and probation/parole (not for murderers or sex offenders), because 64% of the electorate supported the corresponding ammendment to the constitution in 2018. The having to pay all debts part was a response by Republican politicians. If you have a problem with the felons voting, take it up with the voters in Florida. In Germany you may lose your right to vote for 1 to 5 years, if convicted of a felony. I don’t have a problem with neither Germany’s nor Florida’s law on this.

            If you can not see the difference between “Tom’s father bought a ticket for a football game” and “Tom is paying the enitre New England Patriots team out of pocket”, I can’t help you.

          22. @marmoewp

            The point is that Democrats actively pursue the felon vote, and that’s why I have no interest in voting for Democrats. I don’t vote for politicians who promote crime and immorality.

            And no, I can’t help you.

          23. Yes. Bloomberg wouldn’t be paying the fines for 32000 convicted felons if he didn’t have a great deal of certainty the democrats will get those votes. Same reason he invested tens of millions into Biden’s candidacy.

  3. Good post Tom, I appreciated your the explanation on why it is ok to hate things that are unjust. It makes perfect sense and is righteous. It can be easy to let things like pride and ego cloud our judgement on these things, at least for me which double checking my intentions with God’s word plays helps with.

    In regards to the signs, I actually get a visceral reaction when walking by them. I know that’s dumb, but they just don’t mean anything other than being a silly, empty gesture aimed at denigrating folks they know nothing about.

    1. @Tricia

      I think the signs are a form of passive aggressive behavior. What is the point of the signs?

      The sign project was the result of the cooperation of a North Park neighborhood organization. The stated purpose of the sign is as a “public declaration that hate speech and hateful actions against others will not be tolerated by the person or organization displaying the sign.” What’s to hate, right? (from

      In other words, if you don’t think like me, I think you are hateful, and I am so tolerant I won’t tolerate you. Nevertheless, if you are offended by the sign, it is your fault.

      Supposedly, a child created the slogan “Hate has no home here.” Figures.

      Instead of being offended, we should pity these people. They are thoroughly confused.

  4. Tom,

    In my opinion, if the intent of the signs are political, and the people who put the signs understand the Biblical meanings of love and hate, it should benefit Trump.

    Sinful hatred of Trump has been the driving force of many Trump haters ever since he won the election.

    If the intent of placing the signs is anti-Christian, as an article below reads, we should be concerned that the message is being used as deceitful hypocrisy of the words love and hate.

    Sadly, a lot of well-meaning people may be deceived by the biggest deceiver in recorded history of the world.


    Thanks for posting your blog to alert and question an ulterior meaning of the sign we should consider before we become unwitting used by deceivers of the Biblical meanings of love and hate in the Bible.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

  5. “That is because we hate the things that hurt the people we love.”

    You put your finger on it here, Tom. Amen. This is an important aspect of how God loves, and it explains His wrath. God is a good Father, and therefore He hates when His children are put into bondage, either physically or ideologically. So, disagreement is not hatred. This is where the sign/meme politics misses the whole point. It’s not about hating people.

    Jesus told us to even love our enemies (Matt.5:44-47), but that doesn’t mean we have to love, or even approve of what they do. We can hate ideologies that destroy human life and individual freedoms–like Marxism and Socialism that accounted for over 100 million deaths in the 20th Century, putting people into bondage wherever it’s tried–without hating the people. In fact, if we actually care about people, we will warn them and try to stop them from being hurt.

    1. @Mel Wild

      Well said!

      Ayn Rand, an Atheist, had a problem with Christianity because of what she thought the Bible teaches about selfishness. With their promise of Utopia, Communists enslave people to their priorities. They say:

      From each according to his abilities; to each according to his needs. — Karl Marx

      Sounds great, but it is just an excuse tyrants use to seize power.

      The Bible commands personal charity not government charity. The Bible teaches us to make God our King, our absolute ruler, not a mere man. Rand was wrong, but lots of ignorant people refuse to understand the basic problem with giving men power.

      Jeremiah 17:9 New American Standard Bible

      9 “The heart is more deceitful than all else
      And is desperately sick;
      Who can understand it?

  6. You point out one more example of how some people create and increase division while at the same time pointing fingers of blame at others rather than themselves. Well done! J.

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