As a criminal lawyer I’m often asked how I can defend people who are accused of committing some horrible crimes. This quote by Gandhi helps explain:

“Man and his deed are two distinct things. Whereas a good deed should call forth approbation and a wicked deed disapprobation, the doer of the deed, whether good or wicked, always deserves respect or pity as the case may be. “Hate the sin and not the sinner” is a precept which, though easy enough to understand, is rarely practiced, and that is why the poison of hatred spreads in the world.”

― Mahatma Gandhi, An Autobiography – The Story of My Experiments with Truth