From around the neighborhood.

I got a few comments on my last post, THOSE WHO LOVE ALSO HATE, that are so worth noting I feel obligated to post them.

Here is the first.


Whereas I used duckduckgo (“hate has no home here” yard sign) find material for my post, marmoewp used Google (“hate has no home here” yard sign) for his comment. The variation in results is telling. Telling of what, I suppose, is debatable. The bias of Google is rather obvious to some and not so obvious to others. Google probably has a superior search engine. So, it’s bias is mixed with sometimes better results.

The second comment provides a better defense for my post, THOSE WHO LOVE ALSO HATE, than I was able to provide. Therefore, I have a self interest in posting it. The commenter, liz, answers a question implied at the end of marmoewp’s post, what triggered THOSE WHO LOVE ALSO HATE?


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, murdering 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.

What are the people posting those HATE HAS NO HOME HERE yard signs trying to accomplish? In my original post, THOSE WHO LOVE ALSO HATE, I did not make much effort trying to guess. I thought it more profitable to point out the error in the slogan.

Here I will just add to Liz’s observation. The people who posted those signs knew full well many people would have a negative and even angry reaction. Since I don’t think the people who posted those signs stupid, I also think they know why they would get that reaction. When they pretend otherwise, they are being dishonest. They are being dishonest for the same reason they posted the signs in the first place. Their phony pretense irks many of the people for whom they posted the signs.

That is why I say we should not get angry with the people who post such signs. We should instead (if it seems worth the trouble) calmly point out what is wrong with the signs. The people who post them should be embarrassed. As my previous post demonstrated, the signs don’t even make sense. Moreover, the people who posted those signs have to know it is wrong to deliberately offend their neighbors just for the sake of irritating them. Instead, they are smugly self satisfied with the knowledge that they have irritated their neighbors. The hypocrisy is childishly absurd.

If we think it is better to act in love than hate, then that is what we ought to do, not pretend we are doing it. If we want our neighbors to love their neighbors, then we must love them first.

1 John 4:19 New American Standard Bible

19 We love, because He first loved us.


  1. It’s kind of an accusatory sign too, isn’t it? To post such a sign is to imply that hate does indeed have a home here, and you are objecting to it. We have something similar here, signs that say, “We welcome the immigrant, the Muslim, and the homeless.” The implication being, we welcome only those groups of people and we’re going to make sure you’re not on our list because you’re obviously not as virtuous and good as we are. Meanwhile, at least where I live, most of the people sporting those signs have never met a Muslim, an immigrant, or a homeless person.

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