Illogic has never been so tortured, but what should we expect from someone who wrote speeches (including the famous “Axis of Evil” address) for George W. Bush?:
Consider the hypothetical case of two men. Both are inclined toward homosexuality. Both from time to time hire the services of male prostitutes. Both have occasionally succumbed to drug abuse.
One of them marries, raises a family, preaches Christian principles, and tries generally to encourage people to lead stable lives.
The other publicly reveals his homosexuality, vilifies traditional moral principles, and urges the legalization of drugs and prostitution.
Which man is leading the more moral life? It seems to me that the answer is the first one. Instead of suggesting that his bad acts overwhelm his good ones, could it not be said that the good influence of his preaching at least mitigates the bad effect of his misconduct? Instead of regarding hypocrisy as the ultimate sin, could it not be regarded as a kind of virtue – or at least as a mitigation of his offense?
Never mind the first one cheated on his wife and humiliated his five children.
Count on me as yet another independent against the GOP (not so much “for” Democrats, but “against” Republicans). Their homophobia can no longer be ignored.
Meanwhile, Haggard’s church has completed its investigation, concluding “without a doubt that he has committed sexually immoral conduct.”