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A colleague of mine each week sends me the Weekly Standard’s “Parody.” For those who are not familiar with TWS it is a very conservative magazine, edited by Bill Kristol. This week the feature is “Not a Parody” and I think is pretty fair. They begin with a quote from the White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. “Imagine five years ago somebody comparing health care reform to 9/11. Imagine just a few years ago had somebody walked around with images of Hitler…” (You can find coverage of his quote here.) There follows multiple images of anti-Bush protestors with signs and images displaying Bush as Hitler, use of the swastika, and so on.

Now I want to be clear, I do not think that any such comparisons are apt or acceptable. Our political discourse is, well, practically non-existent. But as Jesus pointed out, let those without sin cast the first stone. The Democrats and liberals are far from sinless in this kind of scandalous behavior. How quickly have they forgotten their own behavior and that of their supporters.

It is important, however, that we remember that Jesus wasn’t suggesting that since all have sinned, go and have a party. Just because others have done it does not make it acceptable. After the crowd dispersed, Jesus looked up and said to the woman, “Go and sin no more.”

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  • John Hobbins

    It’s very hard, because hate is a great motivator.

    There was an insightful cartoon, when John Kerry was running for President. He says something like, “Don’t you feel the love?” But the audience to whom he is speaking is portrayed, not as having any love for Kerry, but as having hate for Bush.

    To this day, on HufPo, the articles that attract the most comments are anti-Palin pieces; second to them, perhaps, Obama-betrayal pieces.

    Careful analysis which does not demonize anyone: that, apparently, is not to popular taste.