This is widely covered in the blogsphere and newspapers, at least in the US, but it is such a classic example, it might be useful to have a record here. And it may also, for many of us, be a good case for thinking about moral emotions, particularly mixed ones. The situation is both a sad case and a good cause for anger, all to be felt for or at the same person.
So enter US Senator Larry Craig, who has been a well-known Republican advocate of anti-gay measures. And it appears he was caught soliciting sex from a man in a public restroom, in the Minneapolis airport. His target, who was hanging out in a stall, was a policeman and Craig was arrested.
Craig pleaded guilty. That was a mistake, he says. He just wanted to make it go away, having in his life taken meaures to make sure it wouldn’t just go away for others. One can hear right-wing talk show people argue that holding something is a sin and then sinning oneself does not constitute hypocrisy. That view misses the point. It is Craig’s use of power to shame and control others while indulging himself that is so objectionable.
You might well find it difficult to feel sorry for Craig, but the police report, which requires Adobe Acrobat to read, is genuinely pathetic.
Googling around on the topic of hypocrisy, I found the following which is relevant only in so far as it features another US right-wing anti-gay public figure, one this time found buying drugs from a gay hooker. Look upon it and weep for rationality discourse.
richard dawkins and ted haggard: