(In response to posts suggesting conservatives should be blamed for the Orlando terrorist’s actions because they have some common moral positions – and should not express care and concern for the murdered gays in Orlando )
It is, to me, nothing less than a bullying tactic, when others try to lump you into a larger group of people in which you rightly belong, by definition, they then blame you for what others in that group have done. That, my friends, is the heart and soul of what it means to be prejudiced – attributing a quality of some members of a group to every individual in a group even though you do not know the individual. Doing so, you are pre-judging the individual based on their membership in a certain group.
I can deplore and decry what Brock Turner did, but not want unjust harm to come to him. I can consider his actions as immoral and yet care for and respect him as a human being. I was aghast when I saw what the mob did to Muammar Gaddafi even though I considered him to be a man who committed great evil. It is not illogical or unreasonable to hold moral values and yet desire and demand justice under society’s laws. In short, I can consider another’s actions as contrary to my own personal moral code, and yet, at the same time, not desire any unjust harm to come to them. I can still love and respect them.