The Psychology of Hypocrisy

Why we're wrong to assume that Larry Craig and other fallen moralizers are hypocrites

Idaho Statesman / MCT / Landov

Idaho Senator Larry Craig announces plans to resign his seat during a press conference in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday, September 1, 2007.

Larry Craig was only the latest. Republican Bob Allen, a conservative Florida legislator, was also caught in a men's room this summer. (Predicting Craig's denials, he claimed his alleged offer to a cop of $20 and oral sex was a "big misunderstanding.") In 2006, Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, admitted "sexual immorality" after a male personal trainer said on Denver radio that he had sex with Haggard. And now an Indiana prosecutor is investigating whether Glenn Murphy Jr., 33, who recently resigned the chairmanship of the Young Republicans, began oral sex with a sleeping 22-year-old man in...

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