Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Hypocrisy


Why do we so enjoy seeing the self-righteous defenders of conventional morality fall victim to their own indiscretions? Should we not recognize that all of us are sinners and none of us lives up to our own ideals? Or do many of us like to take advantage of every opportunity to knock conventional morality off its pedestal? Or are we just happy to have the excuse to post salacious pictures on our websites?

For anyone who has not been following the news, the photo is of Miss California, Carrie Prejean, who gave the "wrong answer" to a question about gay marriage at the Miss USA pageant, and thereby became a hero and spokesperson for traditional marriage advocates.

In the interest of fairness, here is the poor girl's statement:

"I am a Christian, and I am a model. Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos. Recently, photos taken of me as a teenager have been released surreptitiously to a tabloid website that openly mocks me for my Christian faith.

"I am not perfect, and I will never claim to be. But these attacks on me and others who speak in defense of traditional marriage are intolerant and offensive. While we may not agree on every issue, we should show respect for others' opinions and not try to silence them through vicious and mean-spirited attacks."

And for another cute story on the subject of hypocrisy, this one about my old law professor Antonin Scalia, go here.

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