Archive for the ‘hypocrisy’ Category

Jonathan Ross’s Hypocrisy

August 26, 2011

It might come as a shock to fans of Jonathan Ross that once the studio lights are dimmed, one of the BBC’s highest-paid performers is an extremely sensitive and private person. Three years ago, Mr Ross’s solicitors wrote to Fleet Street editors, passing on their client’s dismay at having been snapped by photographers while playing tennis with David Baddiel at a private members’ club. The legal letters said that publication of these pictures would constitute a breach of Mr Ross’s “right of privacy” under the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Why should Ross find such an “invasion of privacy” offensive? Certainly the chat-show host, who recently asked David Cameron if he had ever masturbated about Margaret Thatcher, failed to see the funny side. Ross’s legal threats are deadly serious, if sometimes inadvertently hilarious, particularly in light of his recent violation of Andrew Sachs’s home and family life. The man who left messages on Sachs’s answering machine taunting the actor about how Russell Brand had “f***ed” his granddaughter — and thought it hugely entertaining to broadcast the fact on radio — zealously protects his own zone of privacy. He seems to think that when it comes to offensive and invasive public behaviour, there’s one rule for him and another for his targets.

Sunday Times

Do unto others as you please and sue them if they do unto you too

Karl Marx’ hypocrisy

June 15, 2011

Nowhere was Marx’s hypocrisy more evident than in his personal life. The champion of the working class knew well only one working class person: Helen Demuth, the maid who worked for his family. Marx, who railed against the exploitation of the workers, exploited his only worker both financially and sexually. In the forty-five years Helen worked for the Marx family, he never paid her a penny. She received only room and board, which for several years was as meager for her as for Marx’s unfortunate wife and children. In 1849-50, while the family plus servant were living in a two-room flat, Marx started an intimate relationship with Helen and got her pregnant. He refused to admit that the child, a son named Freddy, was his, and had him put out as a foster child. As Freddy grew up, he was permitted to visit his mother in the Marx’s kitchen, but was forbidden to use the front door. The man who claimed compassion for millions of oppressed workers never spoke a word to his own working class son.


Like many self-appointed intellectuals he ‘loved humanity’ not humans. He loved the masses in the abstract not particular people.

November 23, 2009

(Having come under conviction of sin, Bunyan ‘cleaned up’ his life and ‘got religion’. Realising he had broken it, he was now trying to keep God’s Law. His neighbours were impressed – but he was still a child of the devil; now whitewashed but yet a tomb)

…my neighbours were amazed at this my great conversion, from prodigious profaneness, to something like a moral life; and, truly, so they well might; for this my conversion was as great, as for Tom of Bedlam to become a sober man. Now, therefore, they began to praise, to commend, and to speak well of me, both to my face, and behind my back. Now, I was, as they said, become godly; now, I was become a right honest man. But, oh! When I understood that these were their words and opinions of men, it pleased me mighty well. For though, as yet, I was nothing but a poor painted hypocrite, yet I loved to be talked of as one that was truly godly. I was proud of my godliness, and, indeed, I did all I did, either to be seen of, or to be well spoken of, by man. And thus I continued for about a twelvemonth or more.’

Faith Cook, Fearless Pilgrim: The Life and Times of John Bunyan, Evangelical Press 2008, p.75

We should draw near to God in sincerity of heart, not eloquence of speech

November 17, 2009

We should draw near to God in sincerity of heart, not eloquence of speech.

cf. Isa.29.13

Can the sword of steel or arm of flesh make men faithful or loyal to God ? Or careth God for the outward loyalty or faithfulness, when the inward man is false and treacherous ?

November 3, 2009

Can the sword of steel or arm of flesh make men faithful or loyal to God ? Or careth God for the outward loyalty or faithfulness, when the inward man is false and treacherous ? Or is there not more danger from a hypocrite, a dissembler, a turncoat in his religion (from the fear or favor of men) than from a resolved Jew, Turk, or papist, who holds firm unto his principles ? ” A carnal weapon or sword of steel may produce a carnal repentance. ” Faith is that gift which proceeds alone from the Father of lights, and till he please to make his light arise and open the eyes of blind sinners, their souls shall lie fast asleep and the faster, in that a sword of steel compels them to a worship in hypocrisy.” Even more serious is the effect that compulsion to religion ” carries men to be of no religion all their days, worse than the very Indians.”

Roger Williams, quoted by Roland Bainton


He that complies against his will is of his own opinion still.

Samuel Butler.

Outward Respectability

September 6, 2009

John Wayne Gacy, besides being a businessman, Democrat party volunteer, charity worker and children’s entertainer, was also responsible for the murder and rape of 33 boys and young men.

Do as I say, not as I do

August 29, 2009

In The Saint’s Herald (22 January 1935, page 110) Joseph Smith’s son tells how his father had a new home built for his family in 1842. The main room contained a bar, with counter, shelves, bottles, glasses, and other paraphernalia customary for a FULLY -EQUIPPED TAVERN BAR, and Porter Rockwell in charge as tender. When challenged by his wife over such impropriety he reminded her that all taverns had their bars at which liquor was sold or dispensed.

She then said the bar had to go or she and the kids. Joseph had the bar removed.

As Mayor of Nauvoo he passed an ordinance

Joseph Smith, authorizing himself to sell liquor:

“Ordinance on the Personal Sale of Liquors. Section 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of Nauvoo, that the Mayor of the city be and is hereby authorized to sell or give spirits of any quantity as he in his wisdom shall judge to be for the health and comfort, or convenience of such travelers or other persons as shall visit his house from time to time.Passed December 12, 1843.JOSEPH SMITH, Mayor. WILLARD RICHARDS, Recorder.” (History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 111)

On polygamy – by the time the ‘revelation’ on polygamy had been given allowing the practice in 1843, Jospeh Smith had already taken 27 other wives.

Today, Mormons are expected to abstain from all alcoholic beverages (see Doctrine and Covenants: Section 89).

Mormonism, A Gold-Plated Religion, Mike and Ann Thomas, Alpha, pp.87-88


August 29, 2009

Solemn prayers, rapturous devotions, are but repeated hypocrisies unless the heart and mind be conformed to them.

William Law

a good man in the worst sense of the word

August 29, 2009

a good man in the worst sense of the word

Mark Twain

i.e. a man who does the ‘right’ thing for the wrong reasons – for appearance’s sake.

When Time holds up a mirror to his face

August 26, 2009

Cursed be they whose lips are clean
And wise and seemly, but their hearts within
Rank with bad daring…

…Tis written, one way is there, one, to win
This life’s race; could man keep it from his birth
A true clean spirit. And through all this earth
To every false man that hour comes apace
When Time holds up a mirror to his face,
And girl-like, marvelling, there he stares to see
How foul his heart ! Be it not so with me !

Euripides (on the lips of Phaedra), The Hippolytus