I am suggesting, then, that hatred of religion is at the root of the Left's excessive and unbalanced animus against hypocrisy.
---in our culture, dominated as it is by liberals and leftists, most of the Seven Deadly Sins are not reckoned sins at all. Given that sin is a religious concept, there cannot be sins for those who deem religion buncombe from start to finish. But one can believe in vice without believing in sin. I think it is safe to say that most Americans today do not consider any of the Seven Deadly Sins to be vices, with the possible exception of sloth interpreted as laziness rather than as acedia. Take gluttony. Americans are by and large gluttons as one can observe by going into any public place. And yet how many speak of gluttony as a vice as opposed to an 'eating disorder' to be treated by stomach stapling, etc? This is a fit topic for a separate post.This is an interesting question, "Do liberals no longer believe in 'sin'? Or 'vice'?"
First, it's important to try and understand the difference. It would appear, from a quick Google search, that the core concept of "sin" has to do with the relationship between a person and a commandment of God. A "sin" occurs when someone does something God has told her not to do.
Two interesting points.
First of all, what happens when someone's sense of "right and wrong" conflicts with what God has told him to do? In the Bible the best example comes from the story of Abraham and Isaac. For those of you who don't know the story, God asked Abraham to murder his only son as a sacrifice. Abraham sets out to do the deed and God stops just before the deed is done and says "Just fool'n".
Lest this seem a weird, hypothetical example, consider the bind that religion puts many parents of gays into. They may very well genuinely love their children, but at the same time, God's commandment tells them to treat them as if they are pariahs who's instincts are the result of demonic influences. Again, the moral thing to do (e.g. try to understand your child and love them as you would have others love you) conflicts with the dutiful thing to do (e.g. cast them from your home and disown them.)
The second issue that arises comes from the question of how someone actually decides what is and is not a commandment of God. As I see it, there are four avenues for learning God's will. Each of them, IMHO, has significant "deal breakers".
First of all, people say that the will of God is revealed in holy scripture, like the Bible. The problem with that is that if you make the effort to look at scriptures in a disciplined manner, it becomes obvious that they are the result of human activity----with all the contradictions and confusion that that entails. Once you start saying that you read the books in some sort of metaphorical manner and allow for the frailties of the human authors, the authority that says that this is "the word of God" quickly dissipates.
Even if you are the most adamant Biblical literalist, the fact remains that the book is filled with stuff that no one actually believes is the word of God and needs to be followed to the letter. Check out the following image.