WND’s Weird Idea of Hypocrisy

The headline on the Worldnetdaily article reads: “U.S. blasts 1 nation over sex, ignores another.” The comparison they make, between one country outlawing homosexuality and another allowing polygamy, shows how incoherent their idea of hypocrisy or inconsistency is.

When Ugandans adopted a law that increased penalties for homosexual behavior, which violates the standards of morality in the Africa nation, news media described it as “repressive.”

Barack Obama called in a “step backward” and threatened it “will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda.” Secretary of State John F. Kerry immediately jumped into the fray, calling for a repeal.

The law, he warned, “threatens a dangerous slide backward in Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people and a serious threat to the LGBT community in Uganda.”

But when lawmakers in neighboring Kenya passed a law that addresses a moral issue in their nation – allowing men to bring home a second or third wife without even asking the first for permission – the White House was silent. There was no word from the Obama administration despite women in the Kenyan legislature marching out in protest and human rights activists around the world expressing horror.

Katherine Pfaff of the State Department’s press duty office told WND: “We don’t have a comment on this.”

But these two laws are not in any way analogous. Outlawing and punishing homosexuality is not even remotely comparable to allowing polygamy. In fact, even if you accept that homosexuality and polygamy have something to do with one another, these laws are not only not comparable, they’re exactly opposite one another. Thinking is clearly not the Worldnetdaily’s strong suit.

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  • D. C. Sessions

    Polygamy and homosexuality are exactly alike: the Bible condemns them both in the harshest terms.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    But when lawmakers in neighboring Kenya passed a law that addresses a moral issue in their nation – allowing men to bring home a second or third wife without even asking the first for permission – the White House was silent.

    Can’t piss off the Saudis, now, can we?

  • Randomfactor

    Polygamy and homosexuality are exactly alike: the Bible condemns them both in the harshest terms.

    Example: See King Solomon and King David.

  • a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    OK, I agree that this is apples and prickly pears, but the Kenya law is quite misogynic. Let’s not put ourselves in the position of defending the indefensible. Polygamy, no problem. Forcing polygamy on an unwilling wife. Not so much.

  • thascius

    @1-no, the Bible actually condones, and in some cases commands polygamy. It was the liberal modern society that redefined marriage to be one man and one woman, not one man and several women which is what God intended.

    @3-see also, Moses, Abraham, Jacob, Samuel’s father, etc. etc.

  • colnago80

    Re #4

    How about polyandry?

  • scienceavenger

    Polygamy and homosexuality are exactly alike: neither is the alleged traditional man-woman relationship.

    If you aren’t US, you’re THEM.

  • busterggi

    Re #6

    How about Pollyanna?

  • eric

    @4 – as far as I cant tell, the WH did not defend the indefensible, it didn’t say anything at all. Because there are many many more bad things that happen in the world than what the WH is capable of officially commenting on.

    This is just the “you atheists never say anything negative about muslims” line applied to international policy. its a whine intended to distract us from the problems in their own position.

  • eric

    Argh…as far as I CAN tell…

  • raven

    Kenya Demographics Profile 2013 – Mundi

    http://www.indexmundi.com › Factbook › Countries › Kenya‎

    Flag of Kenya … Religions, Christian 82.5% (Protestant 47.4%, Catholic 23.3%, other 11.8%), Muslim 11.1%, Traditionalists 1.6%, … percentage: 26 % (2000 est.).

    ??? I don’t see that this has much to do with Moslems.

    Kenya is a xian nation. In fact, much more so than the USA, with 82.5% Kenyan xians to USA, 68% xians.

    There is certainly nothing in the bible that prohibits polygamy.

  • Morgan

    @scienceavenger: See, by that “reasoning” (which is roughly what I’d expect them to be employing here), it should make perfect sense that godless liberals would be opposed to Ugandan laws criminalizing homosexuality but okay with Kenyan laws legalizing polygamy. From the WND’s point of view, both of these actions (or inactions) are pulling in the same direction – away from “real” marriage.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Speaking of hypocrisy, I can’t way to see how the Christian Right , who recently is in a swoon over Putin, handles this news:

    Russia President Vladimir Putin’s divorce goes through

  • martinc

    @13:

    Russia President Vladimir Putin’s divorce goes through

    Now he can officially chase the ex-Olympian he’s been linked with. Kind of appropriate a guy with his head up his own ass hooking up with a woman who comes close to being able to do the same.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701394965 patrickashton

    Where in the article are they criticizing anyone of hypocrisy? In fact, the very next paragraph after what you quoted says “two situations show the State Department’s advocacy for sexual license around the world.” Normally I wouldn’t defend the WND, but in this case I think you’re misrepresenting them.

  • dingojack

    “When Ugandans adopted a law that increased penalties for homosexual behavior, which violates the standards of morality in the Africa nation, news media described it as “repressive.

    Barack Obama called in a “step backward” and threatened it “will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda.” Secretary of State John F. Kerry immediately jumped into the fray, calling for a repeal.

    The law, he warned, “threatens a dangerous slide backward in Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people and a serious threat to the LGBT community in Uganda.”

    But when lawmakers in neighboring Kenya passed a law that addresses a moral issue in their nation – allowing men to bring home a second or third wife without even asking the first for permission – the White House was silent.”

    Dear Patrick – I’m so sorry about your reading comprehension difficulties. Perhaps someone could show you how to get to your local library. The nice librarian might to able to help you overcome your handicap.

    :/ Dingo

  • escuerd

    colnago80 @6:

    Polyandry is not allowed in Kenya. The laws I can find specify men being allowed multiple wives even as they define other gender neutral terms like “spouse”.

    For my part, I have nothing against any sort of polygamy (irrespective of genders) as such, but I think all parties should be consenting to anyone joining such an arrangement, which might get logistically, legally, and ethically thorny.

    raven @11:

    ??? I don’t see that this has much to do with Moslems.

    It would seem that it does.

    Kenya’s marriage laws are religiously discriminatory. Only Muslim and “traditional” marriages are allowed to be polygamous. Christian or Hindu marriages must be monogamous. Yes, Kenya apparently has special rules for their tiny Hindu population, (who they lump in with whatever Sikhs and Jains they may have). Interestingly, they also prohibit cousin marriage for everyone except Muslims.

    I think this is an earlier version of the bill in question, but can’t find anything more recent:

    http://tinyurl.com/k4t3x3y

    Kenya is a xian nation. In fact, much more so than the USA, with 82.5% Kenyan xians to USA, 68% xians.

    To be fair, Kenya is both more Christian and more Muslim than the U.S. (the latter by about an order of magnitude as a proportion of the population).

  • escuerd

    Ugh, so that message finally went through when I used a redirection link. Tried it a couple of times yesterday and assumed it was being held for moderation or something. I guess the other URL was causing some sort of bug in the commenting system?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701394965 patrickashton

    Dear Dingo – My reading comprehension skills are just fine, but maybe you should get yours checked. WND is criticizing Obama for supporting homosexual behavior in Uganda and polygamy in Kenya, both of which they consider immoral behavior. Where is the hypocrisy in that?

  • dingojack

    I’d suggest you carefully re-read the section (extensively) quoted in mine #16, then get back to me.

    Dingo

    ——-

    HINT: ‘When one country did this, Obama did this, when another country did the other thing, Obama did nothing. Both are equivalent ‘moral issues’ but OMG! the President reacted differently rather than just blindly following our moral panic!!eleventy!!!’

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701394965 patrickashton

    I suggest you look up the definition of hypocrisy. Hint: reacting differently in response to different things is not one of them. WND is criticizing Obama for opposing their idea of moral behavior, not for acting differently in two different situations.