RJ likes to say that when it comes to religion, hypocrisy reveals the lie. But hypocrisy does more than expose the lie. Hypocrisy also shows the raw, pompous, self-righteous disgust that people have when it comes to other beliefs; religious or otherwise.
Take, for instance, the little podunk community of Sidney in upstate New York. Apparently one of the Town Idiots (an honest description of the people involved than their preferred nickname of “town fathers”) got his Jesus Underoos all in a stained bunch because a group of Muslims decided to use some of the land they have for a cemetery. The Town Idiot in question, who goes by the name of Bob McCarthy (that should be a “red” flag right there), apparently thinks that the mere presence of an Islamic center complete with a private cemetery is a crime in and of itself. Not only that, but he wants the town to SUE ALL THIRTY Muslims there AND dig up the cemetery… because it is, in his own words, “a liability”.
Bear two things in mind when contemplating this…
First, this person declares that the mere presence of the Islamic cemetery, described as being “no bigger than a Manhattan studio apartment”, to be illegal… and then he says he doesn’t know WHAT the law exactly says in that regard. Well actually, there is no law in Sidney, or in that state, regarding the use of private cemeteries on private land.
Sooooooo… it’s illegal even though there’s no law making it such?
Second, the Town Idiots of Sidney actually APPROVED the creation of the private cemetery in December of 2005! In fact, the approval is a matter of public record.
Folks, I’ve lived in small towns for most of my life. I might even say that I have been cursed to live in small towns. And one of the things that I really find disgusting in small-town mentalities is when they trip over themselves to justify their own personal dislikes of other people or other things. They obviously can’t come out and openly SAY that it’s because they don’t like something or someone, so they have to invent some kind of threat, some kind of reason for them to warrant their personal disgust and bigotry. And it doesn’t matter what it is… race, belief, ethnicity, social income, political affiliation… we’ve seen that kind of disgust time and time again.
And the real problem comes when that person gets even the smallest amount of social or political power, and then they believe it to be a license to practice that disgust over the things that they don’t like. It really brings out the worst in humanity.
You see folks, hypocrisy doesn’t just reveal the lie… it reveals the revulsion and the bile and the disgust. It reveals the sickening arrogance people have other others. It is the proclamation that THEY are right and everyone else is WRONG. And no matter how many times they try to rationalize it and dress it up and perfume it, it still has a putrid stench that will never go away.