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June 11, 2014

Jim Bailey: Some call it rationalization, others call it hypocrisy

It’s human nature to express our opposition to value and behavior systems we don’t agree with. But so often what we say and what we do simply don’t correspond.

We champion freedom of expression. At least as long as we agree with what is being expressed.

We oppose the posting of the Ten Commandments on public property. At the same time we champion the cause of those who would impose sharia law on adherents of their religion in this country.

We fight against the execution of criminals convicted of capital murder. But we campaign for the right of women to abort unborn children they may not be ready to bear.

We don’t allow our children to read the Bible in public school. But we encourage those incarcerated in penal institutions to read the Bible that just might have given them the resources to stay out of trouble in the first place.

We preach love and compassion for all people. Then we broadcast hateful or provocative messages about political, racial or religious groups we disagree with.

We demand that government keep out of our personal business. At the same time we complain that government isn’t doing enough to improve the economy, public safety, health care and education.

We assert that we are taxed too much. But we get up in arms about potholes in the roads, lack of government communication with the public and inefficient fire and police systems.

We sign petitions opposing acts of injustice around the globe. And we want our soldiers to come home from combat zones overseas.

We cry loud and long about corruption and inefficiency among our elected officials. But fewer of us are getting out and voting every time there is an election.

We complain about the millions of dollars being paid to professional athletes. Then we go out and fill stadiums or tune in to television by the millions to watch our favorite teams play while we wear their shirts and hats.

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