Sunday’s Sermon: Hypocrisy

hypocritesHypocrisy defined:
noun, plural hypocrisies.
1. a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
2. a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude.
3. an act or instance of hypocrisy.
If you have ever watched The Daily Show with Jon Stewart you will know about hypocrisy. Stewart periodically skewers Fox News by juxtaposing claims made by the networks commentators followed by earlier comments in complete contrast which contradict the former. Watching him do it is funny but also sad. How can a person live with herself/himself while saying one thing one day and contradicting it the next?
Is hypocrisy universal? We all (almost all) have two hands – do we all also exhibit hypocrisy? We know politicians, used car salesmen, and talking heads on Fox are hypocrites, but surely ethicists trained in moral philosophy are free of this all so human trait!

Check this out! “The Hypocrisy of Professional Ethicists” at The Atlantic.

15 thoughts on “Sunday’s Sermon: Hypocrisy

  1. How many people DON’T know that Fox News “commentators” are being paid to say what the Fox big shots want them to say? They’re paid to sound ignorant. Is their audience ignorant, too?

    (1) “Fox and Friends” blames minimum wage increases that hadn’t happened for the drop in McDonald’s profits.
    (2) Anna Kooiman claims approval of the Keystone XL pipeline would create “10’s of thousands” of jobs.
    (3) Steve Doocy claims NASA “fudged” data to prove global warming.
    (4) Elisabeth Hasselbeck says that Obamacare is “failing the public.”
    (5) Kilmeade says that Colorado food stamp recipients can use ATM’s to buy marijuana.
    (6) Rudy Giuliani drops by to claim that black and white murderers are “convicted at the same rate.”
    (7) Doocy claims that President Obama wanted Hobby Lobby to be required to provide “abortion pills.”
    (8) Ann Coulter tells Tucker Carlson that her friend’s sister died, thanks to Obamacare.
    (9) Carlson says that more children died from bathtub drownings than from guns in 2013.
    (10) Death panels!

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  2. Long ago and far away – I was a personnel supervisor for the Boeing Company when Boeing was developing the Minuteman Missile for the USAF. Everyday on the way to work at Vandenburg Air Force Base I passed a huge billboard that read “USAF – PEACE IS OUR PROFESSION.”

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  3. “In God We Trust” is the hypocritical motto on the U.S. currency since the 1950s. It goes against the U.S. Constitution, and so does the word “God” in the pledge to the flag, which was also added in the 1950s.

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