What is hypocrisy?

One of the most common accusations we see online (on social media now, and on forums and blogs before that) is hypocrisy. Often, that accusation is true and necessary. In some cases, though, there is no “hypocrisy” and the accusation of “hypocrisy” is a smoke screen to hide from inconvenient facts or uncomfortable arguments. We need to develop the judgment needed to separate this from real hypocrisy.

Real hypocrisy is when someone excuses behavior that violates the standards or principles he has previously advocated – behavior by himself or by a public figure he is defending.

But often the best person to tell you not to do something is the person who has done it and regrets it now. When someone warns others away from a bad behavior he has abandoned, that is not hypocrisy. That is someone who has learned a lesson and cares enough to try to keep others from making the same mistake and suffering the same consequences. What is the harm in listening to that wisdom?

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Targeted by the woke mob for trying to please the mob

We keep hearing that it is not enough for white people to not be racist. Because of institutionalized white supremacy, whites must be actively anti-racist, or they are enabling a racist system. But if you try to be “anti-racist” and you do it the wrong way, you will be have your life and career ruined two years later.

This is why the “woke” cult is so toxic. There is never any forgiveness. There is no allowance for good intentions. Even if you try to follow the cult’s demands, you can be canceled for imperfect obedience. In this case, a woman wore a business suit and blackface to a Halloween party to mock Megyn Kelly, who had recently outraged Leftists for the way she spoke about blackface.

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Totally consumed with hate for Donald Trump

Rick Wilson, a prominent Republican strategist committed to the “Never Trump” movement, showed last week what it looks like to be totally consumed with bitterness and hatred. This could be brushed aside as one person’s foolishness, but it is part of a much bigger problem. When people act this way, how can we survive as a country? How do we have any hope of being unified or even living as neighbors?

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A timeless truth from II John

Something struck me as I was reading II John last week, when I got to verse 12:

Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.

John knows that face-to-face is better than impersonal methods of communication. So much of our life today is impersonal communication: Electronic mail, texting, and social media. But while those things have certainly had a positive impact in many ways – especially allowing us to stay in contact with family and friends who live far away – they cannot replace the intimacy that comes from talking to someone in person.

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Hatred of Donald Trump creates an illogical blame game

According to The Bulwark, Donald Trump is to blame for a primary challenge against an incumbent Republican congressman who officiated at a same sex wedding. But it does not make sense to label this “another lesson in Trump-era GOP cruelty,” because that does not match Trump’s unique position in the party. It certainly does not match up with the political history of the Republican Party.

It makes no sense to blame Donald Trump for this “cruelty,” because he is by far the most pro-LGBT Republican President ever. Back in 1999, Trump supported civil unions, which provides many of the same legal benefits as marriage and would have been unthinkable for a Republican at the time. Trump won the Republican party nomination seventeen years later despite this stance. The Bulwark knows better than this.

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The death of parody and satire

When President Trump shared a video mocking CNN for their coverage of him, Twitter put a warning under Trump’s tweet advising readers it was “manipulated media.” CNN confirmed that the video was fake. Even The Dispatch got in on the action with a “fact check” post and newsletter.

This is astonishing.

Obviously, the next great scandal that must be uncovered by our brave journalists is to fully investigate Saturday Night Live. Do you have any idea how much fake news that show produces? We have been misled for decades by the lies broadcast into our homes by this terrible program! Did you know that George H. W. Bush was not actually on the program? It was actually actor Dana Carvey pretending to be Bush! Also, Chris Farley was actually not a motivational speaker who was living in a van down by the river!

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Having the right attitude about wearing masks

I see a lot of resistance in my social media feed to wearing masks and much of it is disappointing. People who do not want to wear a mask indoors in public should find a better argument. Specifically, you need to find a better argument if your reasoning for not wearing a mask consists of “You can’t tell me what to do! I do what I want!” Being stubborn is not a principled reason for disobeying a reasonable request.

If anything, that is a reason why you should be wearing a mask. We live in a time where we hate authority. The disrespect and contempt for our civic leaders, especially from Christians, has been a bad example in this pandemic. Romans 13 does not mean that we should blindly submit to every single thing those in authority demand of us, because there are times when we must respectfully say “no.”

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An unfair attack on Democrats by other Democrats

One thing we should be aware of in local politics is that national trends do not always apply to a particular locality, and that things that were true elsewhere are not necessarily true for a particular locality. We should also remember that things that happened 60 years earlier are not necessarily the same as things happening today. Even if the policy is the same, the motivation for that policy may be different.

This, of course, brings me to a guest column by former Bloomington City Council member Chris Sturbaum. I rarely agree with Sturbaum, but this was a very good column providing important historical context to the zoning laws we have today. With that said, three things can be true at once:

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