The article then discussed the usual questions about whether this would constitute "free speech", if priests now would have to be more careful about what they say, and so on. Other priests were interviewed on the topic, and while most of them agreed that it was a stupid thing to say it was not right to send him to prison. On the one hand they say that it is important to show respect, and that if one does so it is easy not to say stupid things like this. On the other they say that priests now will feel insecure about what is ok and what is not ok to talk about in sermons.
There seems to be a contradiction between these two ideas, however. It appears that the priests are more concerned with not showing their real thoughts than with having thoughts that are not hateful in the first place. If one reads between the lines, the priests did not really condemn the actual words of Green, but that he had been stupid enough to voice them openly, and with the media watching. This in itself is cause for concern, at least if you are one of those who believe that the priests actually try to spread a loving and caring message. This small example has shown that there is an important difference between what they think and what they say.
But in all of this there is also another concern, a more personal one. What if you had been one of the people in the audience that day? What would you have done? Apparently none of the attendees did anything at the time, but we will never know whether it was because they agreed with Green or whether they simply did not dare stand up. If noone ever stands up to people like Green, who preach hate instead of love, will that not give them the silent approval to continue? And where does it stop? Does it? Will it? Ever? Is there an end to the path of hate? I doubt it.
When we, as individuals, come across situations as this, and we are forced to consider where the path eventually leads, it is of vital importance to consider what path we are on. For some such considerations are done consciously, for some it is done unconsciously, and for some they are not done at all. They are victims of the law of randomness, following the stream as they go, obeying the loudest voice of the crowd. Is that you? Are you one who gives the silent approval, or are you one who stands up and walks in another direction?
I have but one suggestion: tread carefully, because the fate of your soul might depend on it.