Critics of Christianity love to come up with reasons to call Christians hypocrites (sometimes with good reason).  Of course, sensible Xians agree that hypocrisy exists anywhere humans exist, but it is not to be defended, nor is it a valid reason to reject an ideology – ideologies must be examined on their content.  Their implementation is another issue.

However, just in case some other significant ideological groups think they are hypocrisy-free, I offer up these recent news events.  Now, it may look like I’m just trying to be negative and argumentative, but really, I just want people to realize that hypocrisy is widespread, and we should all do what we can to eliminiate it, first in ourselves and the groups we participate in, and to not think that our favorite groups are above it.  Also, I want to point out that hypocrites do not invalidate an ideology – but they do bring shame to it.

Buddhists Outlaw Compassion

In Sri Lanka this month, Parliament gave preliminary approval to the Prohibition of Forced Conversions bill and referred it to a standing committee.

Proposed by the radical Jathika Hela Urumaya, a party formed last year by Buddhist monks, the bill ostensibly bans religious conversions by force or "allurement." Such initiatives come at a time when Christians are engaged in providing aid to the tsunami victims and earning widespread goodwill. Christians say the pending bill would make them cautious in engaging in any relief or social service for fear of seeming to "allure" people into Christian faith.

So, looks like even monks don’t like anyone trying to convince others that their ideology might not be correct.  Tsk tsk.

Islamic Hypocrisy – Rage over Quran Flushing

In the Wall Street Journal, Islamic writer Ali Al-Ahmed has written an excellent article on the total hypocrisy of the Islamic outrage over the alleged flushing of the Quran by U.S. military. 

This anger would have been understandable if the U.S. government’s adopted policy was to desecrate our Quran. But even before the Newsweek report was discredited, that was never part of the allegations.

As a Muslim, I am able to purchase copies of the Quran in any bookstore in any American city, and study its contents in countless American universities. American museums spend millions to exhibit and celebrate Muslim arts and heritage. On the other hand, my Christian and other non-Muslim brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia–where I come from–are not even allowed to own a copy of their holy books. Indeed, the Saudi government desecrates and burns Bibles that its security forces confiscate at immigration points into the kingdom or during raids on Christian expatriates worshiping privately.

Exactly.

Gay-Lesbian Hypocrisy, Hate, and Disregard for Free Speech

Stephen Bennett, well known ex-gay activist and speaker, recently participated in a bible givaway event targeted at the gay community.   It was both peaceful and respectful, and participants actually asked people if they would like the gift bag that included a bible, some gospel tracts, and a copy of Stephen’s testimony about how he was healed of his homosexuality. 

Now, you or I may not agree with his position, but he has the right to speak or give away his materials.  However, as he reports, militant gays planned ahead of time to lie to those giving out the materials, taking them and then depositing them in the trash around the corner.  Talk about lack of respect for the law and for the scriptures.

The hate and vulgar language coming from this group of homosexuals was unbelievable. Yet these protesters knew we were coming… and they had a plan in place in advance.

This soon exposed "undercover" group of lesbians and homosexual men came up to our evangelistic team and said, "We would LOVE to have several of those Bible Gift Bags! We think it’s wonderful that you are giving Bibles out to the gay and lesbian community! We would like to pass these along to our friends!"

Guess who the "friends" were of this group of homosexual activists? THE GARBAGE CANS ON EVERY STREET CORNER.

In fact, this militant group was actually going up to people who accepted the gift bags – taking them out of their hands – and saying, "Let me return that to the evangelists – THAT IS HATE MATERIAL." I personally heard and saw two lesbians right behind me do this.

SO — THE BIBLE IS "HATE" MATERIAL??

We have photos of… count them: over 200 BIBLES THROWN INTO THE GARBAGE CANS IN PROVINCETOWN by this militant group of homosexual activists.

This un-reported story by the media speaks volumes — and it speaks clearly for itself.

And they say WE are the ones who are hateful? We are the ones who are bigots? We are the ones who are intolerant? We are the ones against "diversity?" We are the ones against freedom of speech?

I’ve been to events where I was handed homosexual "pride" literature. I either accepted it, or kindly said "no thank you." I don’t go and try to get all of their printed materials and throw them in the garbage. In fact, I have NEVER thrown any of their literature away – even if I disagree with it. I just won’t take it. That is just pure evil and childish.

Anyway, as you can see, we all have hypocrisy to overcome.