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Henry Hyde's words

Posted By on 12.05.07 at 06:59 AM

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The late congressperson Henry Hyde, speaking at Notre Dame 24 Sep 1984:

"Many of the same voices who hailed the American bishops as 'prophetic' when they tacitly endorsed the nuclear freeze now find the bishops 'scary' when the issue turns to abortion. This is hypocrisy."

An excellent point. Of course, it applies equally the other way around -- these days, to those who talk about the pope's opposition to abortion but ignore what he said about the US war in Iraq.

Henry Hyde was well qualified to speak of hypocrisy, having managed the impeachment of a Democratic president for perjury and then kept quiet about the far more consequential perjuries of his Republican successor. His legacy is that of a partisan first, with patriotism and morality trailing well behind.

H/t Jameson Campaigne for the link.

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