The article itself doesn't go into it very deeply, but the debate is pretty fleshed-out in the comments (200++ of them! don't need to read Everything lol). Everyone's being really civil in their reponses xD
One of the (many) comments that struck me, by an alixana:
"The problem is, defining someone as "evil" is an othering action. It separates them from us. They're not part of the human race, they're not part of our society, they're EVIL and therefore their actions aren't anything worth analyzing in the context of our society. 'Cause if someone's evil, and is operating out of evilness, well, that's all the explanation there is for it, right? It's just something in them that we can't help. 'Cause it's scary to even admit for a second that we share something in common with these people.One of the things I take issue with in christian self-help literature (heck, the bible too) is the tendency to pigeonhole everything into black and white. Note that this is not necessarily related to the debate mentioned above (or my personal opinion about it, for that matter); it just reminded me of this. "Good" and "Evil" (or "Bad") are so simplistic they can't even begin to describe the immensity and complexity of what we're capable of. So yes, I do take exception to sayings like 'Selfish plans are made by selfish people. Good plans are made by good people.' What if I've done both?
But that's dangerous. Once you've cast them out, you do society a huge disservice. This is the chance to ask, "Why did they do this terrible thing? What about our world allowed this to happen? What can we do in the future to prevent it?" It's far safer to claim the Hitlers and the rapists and everyone else we'd rather push away so that we can understand them and understand how to stop others from becoming like them. "They're a bad person" might be comforting, but it just does not cut it if we want to make this world a better place."
Edit: The idea that christian values are just that - exclusively christian; that you have to be a christian to have those values. That's just so wrong, because I've met so many wonderful people who are non-christians and hold those values all the same. Maybe that isn't what was meant in the first place, fine; just be more careful with 'othering' gestures.