HYPOCRITE (from the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary)
1: a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
2: a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings
A few weeks ago Mike Pence made the absurd observation that being in Iraq was just like being in Indiana on a summer day. I could swear I could hear guffaws from around the world on that one. What on earth would possess someone to liken a day in an Iraqi market to a day in Indiana? Loss of sanity? A true misunderstanding of the Iraqi situation? Blind following of his leader’s path?
Pence just amazes me. On Tuesday, forty-one Republicans and one Democrat voted “present” on a resolution recognizing the commencement of Ramadan. There were zero “no” votes, so representatives voted either “yes” or “present.”
Republican representative Mike Pence of Indiana’s 6th district said, “I voted ‘present’ because I read somewhere that Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion.” Really? He read somewhere? Would that somewhere be the United States Constitution? So why didn’t he just vote no?
When a lawsuit was filed challenging the use of the religious motto “In God We Trust” as an establishment of religion, Pence joined 46 other members represented by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) in urging the federal court to dismiss the lawsuit. The basis for requesting the dismissal? The motto was not an establishment of religion but simply evidence of patriotism and our national religious heritage.
Recognizing the Islamic religious observance of Ramadan in Pence’s eyes becomes an “establishment” of religion and he ducks behind the Establishment Clause. On the other hand, when it comes to the motto, “In God We Trust”, Pence joins in the position that the motto certainly does not violate the Establishment Clause even though the ACLJ Amicus Brief flat out refers to the motto as a reflection of our national religious heritage. And, even though we are a nation of religious diversity, in 2001,76.5% (159 million) of Americans identified themselves as Christian.
Funny how Pence’s reliance on the Establishment Clause changes with his views. What a hypocrite.