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Is A Gay Who Opposes Same Sex Marriage A Hypocrite? (True Definition Of Hypocrisy Alert) ^ | 11/07/2006 | Dennis Prager

Posted on 11/06/2006 10:05:35 PM PST by goldstategop

Why did a gay prostitute tell the media about the homosexual behavior of a leading Christian opponent of same-sex marriage on the weekend before an election, an election in which eight states vote on whether to maintain the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman?

Because he knew, first of all, that the media love to publicize the sexual lives of public figures. How else to explain the extensive reporting by the mainstream news media of the private sexual acts of a prominent sportscaster a decade ago -- a basketball announcer, not a politician, not a religious leader?

But the main reason was that our gay prostitute knew the media are almost unanimously supportive of redefining marriage and therefore against all the states' propositions to defend marriage's definition. He and the news media hoped that publicizing that a major Christian opponent of same-sex marriage was secretly involved in gay sex could potentially undermine the movement to maintain the historical definition of marriage.

Now, of course, the sexual orientation of a person has no relevance to the merits of his pro- or anti-same-sex marriage argument. But the homosexual prostitute was certain that because the Rev. Ted Haggard was (allegedly) gay -- or bisexual -- this proved that:

-- the reverend is a hypocrite; and therefore

-- the movement to keep marriage defined as man-woman is a phony movement.

That both arguments are false is irrelevant to many, perhaps most, supporters of same-sex marriage. Apparently, they feel that since they cannot radically change society's most important social institution through intellectual argument, or through the democratic process, or even via sympathetic judges, they might succeed by exposing any opponent who has homosexual tendencies.

So the first argument goes as follows: Show as many of the religious opponents of same-sex marriage to be hypocrites and you undermine the moral credibility of their efforts to keep marriage defined as man-woman. As Michael Jones, the gay prostitute, said (quoted in the Rocky Mountain News), "I felt obligated to get the information out about the hypocrisy of people who make these laws and those who support them."

This is intellectual nonsense. Even if every opponent of same-sex marriage were a closet homosexual, it would say nothing about the merits of their arguments. Moreover, being an opponent of same-sex marriage and a closet homosexual (if that is what Haggard is) has nothing to do with hypocrisy.

As defined by every dictionary I consulted, Haggard is not a hypocrite. For example, the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition) defines hypocrisy as "The practice of professing beliefs, feelings or virtues that one does not hold or possess."

But we know that the Rev. Haggard never professed a belief that he did not hold. He believed at the time of his homosexual activities, and he believes now, that homosexual sex is a sin. He readily concedes that, in his view, he was sinning when he engaged in homosexual sex. He may therefore be considered a sinner, a person who acted inconsistent with his own admonitions and a poor model for a clergyman, but he is no more a hypocrite than a reverend who teaches the Ten Commandments and dishonors his mother or father, or bears false witness or even commits adultery. Hypocrisy requires a person to believe that he is the exception to the rule that he espouses for everyone else; that behavior that is wrong for others is not wrong for him.

If everyone who violates a standard he advocates is a hypocrite, the word is meaningless. And worse, it makes it impossible for just about anyone to advocate moral behavior.

The arguments against redefining marriage, the central institution of society, are profound and decent, no matter what the sexual orientation of those who offer those arguments. The sexual confusion we will bequeath to future generations, especially among children, if the same sex is regarded from childhood as equally desirable as marriage partners, endangers society immeasurably more than global warming.

But while not a hypocrite, the reverend was extremely irresponsible. By not resigning from his position (for "family reasons," "personal reasons" or myriad other believable excuses) the moment he began his homosexual liaison, he endangered the entire defense of marriage movement, something infinitely more important than his staying in power, and, in my opinion, more sinful than his sexual sin.

That said, anyone who changes his mind and decides to vote against a proposition defining marriage as man-woman because a prominent Christian leader was exposed as privately engaged in homosexual behavior is not thinking clearly. Worse, he is rewarding the loathsome tactic of weekend-before-elections humiliations of public figures. One hopes that even proponents of same-sex marriage can agree that is no way to win elections.

In the meantime, however, those who argue for redefining marriage have their bases covered with ad hominem attacks. According to same-sex marriage activists, if you're a heterosexual who opposes same-sex marriage, you're a homophobe, and if you're a homosexual who opposes same-sex marriage, you're a phony and a hypocrite. Defenders of marriage should not lend credibility to these characterizations.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2006elections; adhominem; dennisprager; gayagenda; hypocrisy; hypocrite; liberals; moralbehavior; samesexmarriage; tedhaggard; townhall
Gays and liberals argue if you're a closet homosexual and oppose gay marriage, you're a hypocrite. The true definition of a hypocrite is someone who doesn't believe in his own views. The reverend Ted Haggard does believe gay marriage is wrong and it doesn't make him a hypocrite that his behavior did not comport with his beliefs. He has admitted he sinned. No human being is perfect all the time and the fact people do fall short of their own ideals shouldn't disqualify them from advocating moral behavior. It can be argued their straying from an upright path is in itself a powerful argument for embracing all the more righteous behavior. Juding issues by the people who speak on their behalf does not change the issue itself. And as Dennis Prager observes, ad hominem attacks do no one in the argument over same sex marriage or society for that matter any good.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

1 posted on 11/06/2006 10:05:37 PM PST by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop

I'll pass on this one.

2 posted on 11/06/2006 10:07:05 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: Chena
FYI. Hypocrisy definitions, etc. by Dennis Prager.
3 posted on 11/06/2006 10:09:47 PM PST by ConservativeMind
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To: goldstategop
Hyp"o*crite (?), n. [F., fr. L. hypocrita, Gr. one who plays a part on the stage, a dissembler, feigner.] One who plays a part; especially, one who, for the purpose of winning approbation of favor, puts on a fair outside seeming; one who feigns to be other and better than he is; a false pretender to virtue or piety; one who simulates virtue or piety.
The hypocrite's hope shall perish. Job viii. 13.
I dare swear he is no hypocrite, but prays from his heart. Shak.
Syn. -- Deceiver; pretender; cheat. See Dissembler.

4 posted on 11/06/2006 10:15:09 PM PST by Dick Holmes
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To: ConservativeMind

Thanks for the ping, ConservativeMind. I'll give it a thoughtful read tomorrow when my eyes aren't so tired. :)

5 posted on 11/06/2006 10:15:54 PM PST by Chena ("I'm not young enough to know everything." (Oscar Wilde))
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To: goldstategop

how could a person who is in a merry or in a lively mood be considered a hypocrite for opposing same sex marriage?

6 posted on 11/06/2006 10:53:25 PM PST by Yogafist
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To: goldstategop

Yep, huge difference between being a homosexual and queer marriage. Homosexuality is a personal choice, and only damages the individual. Queer marriage does tremendous damage to the foundations of society, and its moral underpinnings. A good analogy is the difference between somebody who commits suicide, and somebody who straps a bomb to them and kills himself in the middle of a crowd of innocent people.

7 posted on 11/06/2006 11:11:58 PM PST by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (Polls are for useful idiots. God and you IS the majority.)
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To: goldstategop

>>Is A Gay Who Opposes Same Sex Marriage A Hypocrite? (True Definition Of Hypocrisy Alert)<<

No, because government recognized marriage is a special incentive for the conceiving and raising of children - a gay person can recognize that the government has no obligation to extend that to same sex couples without being a hypocrite.

What made Haggard a hypocrite was his involvement in things like trying to stop Ford motors from marketing to gays - its pretty hypocritical to try to exclude a segment of the population from commerce when you are a secret memeber of that group.

8 posted on 11/06/2006 11:18:32 PM PST by gondramB (It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.)
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To: goldstategop

I could not agree more. We are an uneducated lot of people today. Most do not understand the meaning or words. Sin is not understood. To know what sin is and to speak aganist it does not mean you will never committ that sin. It just means you are a sinner as we all are. I have committed many sins but you will never hear me trying to justify my sins by saying they were not sins. Most people who are not Christians and even many who are including me are very uneducated in our religion. And just like this article I hear such nonsense spoken all the time. There are homosexuals that are aganist gay marriage. There are many homosexuals that do not go around throwing their gayness in everyones face. There are many that are appaulled by gay pride parades. The media as usual pushes its agenda with a broad brush. Kinda like all white southerners are racist according the Chrissy Matthews.

9 posted on 11/06/2006 11:23:47 PM PST by therut
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To: goldstategop
Webster's 1828 Dictionary:


1. One who feigns to be what he is not; one who has the form of godliness without the power, or who assumes an appearance of piety and virtue, when he is destitute of true religion.

And the hypocrite's hope shall perish. Job.8.

2. A dissembler; one who assumes a false appearance.

Fair hypocrite, you seek to cheat in vain.


10 posted on 11/07/2006 7:54:55 AM PST by Diamond
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