Hypocrisy? Not Here … Not Much

“Other people’s sins always shock me; my own seem perfectly natural.” –Nancy Mitford

I’m feeling a little guilty here. Not because I’ve been outed or embarrassed by the recent Ashley Madison site hack. Hell, I’m so old and out of the loop, I never even heard of it until the scandal broke. Maybe it’s all been a huge publicity stunt? Nah, that must be my paranoia — it always spikes this time of year, something to do with the pollen count, or a byproduct of my allergy meds. I’m sure that’s all it is. Probably.

Then again … I’ve been assuming that our fellow blogger and hyper-qualified candidate Tubularsock’s matchless PR firm is totally involved with his presidential bid now, but perhaps they can multi-task? Or … maybe exposing so many right-wing role models as absolute fucking hypocrites (yes, that’s the, er, proper technical term for such folks) is a piece of his brilliant campaign strategy? If you have somehow missed this superb candidate amid the whole unseemly, shameless scramble for celebrity and a presidential pension, check out some of his positions here…)


No, I feel guilty because all the loud, aggressive, self-righteous assholes in this country are so damned easy — and so damned much fun — to ridicule. But sometimes I just can’t stop myself!


On Rightwing Christians: Have you noticed something odd about this Ashley Madison scandal?

Daily Kos * Thu Aug 27, 2015 at 11:15 AM PDT

by SemDem

Since the Ashley Madison scandal broke, I have noticed a distinct lack of condemnation from you rightwing christians.

Where are all the youtube hate videos against the subscribers practicing adultery?

Where are the droves of protestors picketing AshleyMadison.com like Planned Parenthood?

It’s pretty clear where Jesus stands with cheating on your spouse. In case you missed the Commandment of “Thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s wife”, Jesus laid it out:

In Mathew 5:27-30 he said if you even look at another woman with desire, then cut out your eye because it’s better to “lose one of your members than to have your whole body go to hell”.

Lust > Cheat > Hell. Pretty straightforward. There were other things He directly condemned, like divorce. Yet He was most clear on His biggest pet peeve: excess wealth.

Yet those are three things that today’s rightwing Christian doesn’t care about. Massive greed? That’s called “prosperity gospel” now. The parable of Lazarus? They root for the rich guy in hell.

Divorce? Adultery? Child Molestation? whoopsey-daisies. No big whoop.

But gays and abortions? That’s where they burst arteries! Two issues Jesus said NOTHING about. Both of those things existed during His time. If they are the epitome of evil, you’d think they’d at least warrant a mention. But nothing.

So what about actual sins that are specifically mentioned and given no leeway at all in the Bible? Meh.

In fact, on Mike Huckabee’s old cheesy talk show five years ago he featured Ashley Madison’s CEO to tell “his side” of the story.

Yes, Mike disagreed with what Ashley Madison was doing but then added “I could be wrong“. Seriously, go to 11: 43 of this video. That’s what he said.

There is no ambiguity in the Bible about adultery. And yet, while the Bible says nothing about abortion, here is Huckabee defending Paraguay’s awful decision to force an 11-year old raped by her stepfather to bear a child. Here is a man who said he would not be against using federal troops to stop women from getting abortions! Here is a man calling for mass arrests over gay marriage. This is the same guy who convulsed with anger over gays being allowed to be happy.


In fact, Santorum, Huckabee, Cruz, et. al have said nothing about the AshleyMadison scandal or a word of condemnation to their millions of subscribers. Maybe they are worried about alienating some supporters, but that means their virulent rants on nonissues become even more meaningless. It’s almost like they are full of something….

Clearly there is no righteous, religious hate espoused for those who abuse or leave their marriages like there is for those who are in stable, homosexual relationships. Despite what the Bible says, these guys SWEAR to me that they know exactly who Jesus hates.

And I find it absolutely amazing that it always happens to coincide with their preconceived prejudices. Go figure.

I’ll bet if Jesus said to love their enemies, they’d find a way around it. (Oh wait…)

So you will have to excuse me when I roll my eyes over your next meltdown. Where is the indignant condemnation now?

Where is your moral outrage against these sinners?

You’ll rally like crazy against things not even in the Bible, but ignore and stay silent about AshleyMadison.

I guess it’s hard to condemn something that you probably have an account with.



About l. l. frederick

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12 Responses to Hypocrisy? Not Here … Not Much

  1. The proclivity of right wing fundamentalists for kinky sex and prostitutes is a well known phenomenon. When I did my training in Salt Lake City in the 1970s, various Mormon politicians were always getting busted for hooking up with prostitutes.

    I think it has to do with the repression of sexual impulses that characterizes fundamentalist religions. To learn to deal with sexual feelings appropriately, you have to allow them into conscious awareness. Fundamentalists deny that such feelings exist (outside of procreation). When they inevitably pop out, it’s typical for Mormons and and right wing Christians to disown them by blaming them on the Devil.

    • Oh yes … if the devil didn’t exist, these fun-loving folks would need to invent him … or her. They blame women for so much, it’s a wonder they don’t characterize their devil as female too. I know that’s been theorized, but hasn’t gained much traction … maybe they can’t stand the idea of females with any power?
      I love this story about the southern baptists. A friend was due to lunch with an assistant New Orleans prosecutor, but her friend canceled because the baptists were having their annual convention that week, and she was swamped dealing with all the extra prostitution busts. Apparently, hookers hit town from all over the south just for the occasion. A divinely inspired outpouring of that much-vaunted christian charity? I know it’s mean to laugh, but I just have to now and then! Thanks for your pertinent comment! – Linda

  2. Well Linda, I can’t talk, I’m a ‘born again’…uh…I mean regurgitated ‘christian’ and my profile was one of the ones that got ‘outed’ by the hackers of Ashley Madison. You see, it’s a group thing or in other words, we’re ‘groupies’, we ‘christians’ are and we don’t like it when our hypocrisy is exposed for all the world to see. We’ve got standards and all. We are the torch bearers for truth and justice and….uh…damn! I’m regurgitating on my own lies!

    Sorry Linda, I got nothing! But the ‘good’ news is that I found a new website that claims total and complete privacy AND anonymity for me to continue to practice my rather unorthodox activities.

    Great post Linda!

    • Being, um, protestants, I guess you and I can’t help being unorthodox? Sorry, it just came out… Thanks for your kind words, Shelby! – Linda

      • LOL! You are too much! In a GOOD way!

        • High praise, from the reigning empress of too much — in the best way! Thanks for that, and for tolerating my too-frequent self indulgence.

          • I wish you indulged self MORE frequently. Is that a double ‘positive’? LOL! We are SO bad!

            • As a lapsed almost English teacher, I don’t recall any rules against double positives, so let ’em rip! Besides, I’m a Gemini … does that make me doubly bad? Wait, maybe I don’t want to know!

              • Was it Betsy or Bessie that was your imaginary childhood friend? I think she was meant to be your twin since Gemini is the sign of the twins and is derived from the two bright stars that dominate the Gemini constellation. So, Linda, this may also factor in as to why you are so damn smart and bright, intelligent, witty, funny and I could go on, but I don’t want you to get as big headed as I am. LOL!

                Seriously, you stood in line twice when they were handing out intelligence, humor, compassion, empathy and the like. I don’t know where I was, probably somewhere busting up something and screaming and yelling while doing so. Yep! That would be me!

                • Shelby you’re far too kind!! I think Engels said an ounce of action is worth a ton of theory, and heaven knows we have way too much just begging to be busted up! Is that what your stiletto heels are for?
                  Bad Bessie was my imaginary twin … before I ever heard of astrology. Now she’s abandoned me, I’m forced to make my own mischief. I try at least.
                  Here’s to causing trouble, in all the good causes!

  3. The Ashley Madison story may be about outing hypocrites, but it’s just another hyped-up story about rather ordinary behavior.

    I wish we could get more interesting news on the news.

    Compare the media coverage of the Ashley Madison scandal with the civil disobedience of Doug Hughes who risked his life to land a gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn to protest corruption in politics.

    Which story is more interesting? The Doug Hughes’ story where he did something unusual, that impacts every American voter? Or the Ashley Madison story, which reports fairly common behavior that effects only a few people in the nation?

    Again, which story is more interesting? Donald Trump’s non-rags to richer story? Or the story of Bernie Sanders, bookish poor kid from Brooklyn, who ends up being a U.S. Senator? (You don’t even have to go as far as his current amazing run for president.)

    • Good points! If we didn’t know better, or if we were the suspicious types, we might almost think we are being deliberately distracted from real stories and real issues by all this … fluff, we once called it in journalism school –the empty calories of useless information now bombarding us from all directions. When they’re not selling us shit, or spreading lies and distortions of truth, our media seems to pump out endless waves of inane trivia. Is it just because it’s easy and because people like junk? Or is this a useful social control strategy? I’m not totally sure, though we’ve all learned the hard way not to underestimate vested interests.
      Thanks for your time, and for your good comment! – Linda

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