Monday, November 06, 2006

The Value of Hypocrisy

Check out David Frum's defense of drug-using, gay-sex-having evangelist Ted Haggard. Here are a few juicy excerpts:

We admire the Arthur Vandenbergs and (someday) the Joe Liebermans who can reach past party feeling to support a president of the opposing party for the sake of the national interest.

Uh-huh. I'll bet From was incensed when Jim Jeffords bolted the Republicans, but when Lieberman does it to the Dems, it's "reaching past party feeling."

If a religious leader has a personal inclination toward homosexuality - and nonetheless can look past his own inclination to defend the institution of marriage and to affirm its benefits for the raising of children - why should he likewise not be honored for his intellectual firmness and moral integrity?

Hmm...according to this, the bigger the hypocrite Haggard is, the more virtuous we should hold him. Maybe Haggard should have gone for the gold and fucked a transvestite whom he afterwards beat to death with a platform shoe. Then Frum would likely nominate him for sainthood.

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