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Famous Hypocrites

This page might more accurately be titled Infamous Hypocrites.

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George Washington

George Washington famously never told a lie, but he was a hypocrite when it came to freedom. While he claimed the right to free himself from the tyranny of King George, he was a slaveowner who denied the same right to the slaves he owned.

Thomas Jefferson

Like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson was a slaveowner. He owned more than 600 slaves during his lifetime. In his original draft of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson denounced the slave trade as an “execrable commerce ... this assemblage of horrors,” and a “cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life & liberties.” But the unfortunate truth is that Jefferson not only owned slaves, but that he raised his children by Sally Hemmings as slaves in his own house. Jefferson owned a nailery and once had a slave whipped for stealing nails, when he had stolen the man's freedom and dignity.

Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) was handsome ladies' man before he became better known as the iron-fisted ruler who had multitudes of people murdered during his purges of Russia. In his earlier days, he and his fellow revolutionaries raised money the old-fashioned way: through robberies, extortion and kidnappings for ransom. After being elected to Lenin's first Politburo in 1918, Stalin began burning Russian villages in order to intimidate Russian peasants into obedience. Stalin, who was short (5'4") with a withered left hand, had painters executed for not portraying him as he preferred. When his son Yakov shot himself in a suicide attempt but survived, Stalin remarked "He can't even shoot straight." It has been estimated that as many as 60 million people died either directly or indirectly because of the excesses and errors of Stalin and his underlings.

Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler extolled the virtues of the tall, blonde-haired, blue-eyed Aryan superman, while consigning Jews to the gas chambers and crematoriums of the Holocaust. But Hitler was no Aryan superman himself. In fact, there were rumors that Hitler was one-quarter Jewish and that his grandmother, Maria Schicklgruber, became pregnant while working as a servant in a Jewish household. His opponents tried to prove that Hitler had Jewish ancestors. Hitler may have believed or worried that they were correct, because in response he made it illegal for German women to work in Jewish households, and after the Anschluss (annexation) of Austria, Hitler turned his father's hometown into an artillery practice range.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ saved virtually all his sternest criticism for hypocrites. But ironically, Jesus himself was the absolute King of the Hypocrites, if the Bible is a reliable source. In his Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus commended a man who put aside religious dogma to show compassion to a man of another religion. But according to Christian dogma, Jesus will not be compassionate to the saints of other religions, but instead condemn them to an "eternal hell" for not "believing" in his person.

Unhonorable Mention

Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld

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