A sociopath is person who behaves in a dangerous or violent way towards other people yet doesn’t feel remorse or guilt about such behaviour. An example is David Wood, who was once a murderous sociopath (he tried to kill his father with a hammer). These days after a spell in jail and a religious experience which led him to follow Christianity, he still displays sociopathic behaviour, carefully sublimated in his increasingly bizarre attacks on Muslims and Islam. In the context of the Islamophobic and extremist political rhetoric in America his behaviour can just about pass as ‘normal’. But obviously, as we can see in the screen print below, it is the product of a disturbed mind.
Religions can make bad people good. But some people do not really change for the better. They mutate – and under cover of piety continue their sociopathic ways.
For them the old adage is true: A leopard can’t change its spots. A person cannot change who they are (their character), no matter how hard they try. This idiom comes from the Old Testament,
‘Can an Ethiopian change his skin or a leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.’ Jeremiah 13:23