I thought His Grace's speech was right on the money.
To answer your question, Riddikulus...
I think there's a difference between loving people no matter what they're sin, and condoning the sin itself. What Bishop Hilarion was saying was not that we shouldn't love them, but rather that we shouldn't be condoning the sins. It's the classic "love the sinner, hate the sin."
For example, say I, as an Orthodox Christian, have a neighbor/friend who is a lesbian in a long-term relationship. I think he's saying, as Christians, we of course welcome them into our homes, show them love (absent of judgement), and if the subject comes up, yes, we tell them honestly what we believe-- we don't say "you're going to hell for what you're doing," or "the Church says you are wrong..." What we say is, "we believe X..."-- we say the truth in love absent of judgement. And we make it clear that they are, of COURSE, welcome into our Churches. Just because the Church doesn't condone the lifestyle doesn't mean we don't love the sinner and welcome them. The Church is a hospital for sinners, and their sin is no worse than any of ours. Fornication is just as sinful when done heterosexually, and we should proclaim that JUST as loudly as we proclaim it as sinful within homosexuality.
What he's saying the liberal Christian camp does is welcome them into their churches with the understanding that their church allows, condones, blesses, and encourages their sins. This is where the problem is. Struggling with homosexuality is nothing to be ashamed of, I don't think. I had a homosexual Orthodox friend who suffered constantly with his sexuality because it meant that he was alone, but thank God, he did so without being ashamed of the suffering. He was ashamed for ALL of his sins, none more than any other. If one is struggling for Christ, then that is nothing to be ashamed of. The point is to struggle, to continue to seek perfection in Christ, no matter what your sin. The problem with the liberal Christian camp is that it encourages succumbing to the temptation, it encourages the person to live by their own will, rather than admit humility and live by the will of God. This is a problem.
As far as political liberal Christianity... I have been rethinking this and praying about it a lot, during this election season. Honestly, I've been thinking about it because of the discussion I had way back with GiC and Nektarios about the candidates. They enlightened me a lot to the thinking behind being Orthodox but being politically liberal. Of course I am pro-life, but the fact is that there is virtually no candidate out there who truly understands the sanctity of life, such that they apply it to ALL of the big three (abortion, death penalty, war). Anyway... If I understand correctly from them (guys, feel free to correct me), it's not about your personal morals, it's about forcing others to live by them by LEGISLATING morals (legislating against abortion, legislating against gay marriage, etc.). To be honest, I haven't changed my mind about being pro-life, but I HAVE changed my mind about legislating against gay marriage. I think it's clear that, as Christians, we shouldn't force our morals on other people, we should only love them and try to minister to them without judgement. And as long as the government is not able to force the Orthodox Church to perform a gay marriage, I have no problem with people of a homosexual persuasion doing whatever they want with their own lives. Of course I don't condone the sin, but I can't force them to live by my morals. I can only love them, pray for them (without judgement), and show them by my example what Christianity is about, and that Christ is WORTH the struggle. And, God willing, if they ask for help, I will be thrilled and praise God, and direct them straight to my husband (who is a priest), as he is more able to minister to them in a confessional manner than I am (obviously).
Sorry that's so long, but I hope it's clear. Forgive me if I have offended...