One of the most famous scenes in American cinematic history unfurls near the end of Casablanca, when the police inspector declares to Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) that he's "shocked shocked!" to learn that there's gambling in Rick's nightclub. A moment later another man walks in and hands the inspector money, saying, "Your winnings, sir." Of course, one doesn't need Hollywood fantasy to find such hypocrisy. Jesus constantly struggled with religious leaders who, while outwardly proclaiming fealty to the law, lived in violation of it. The question of religious hypocrisy is so common that it's a clich
Author: Clifford R. Goldstein
Clifford Goldstein writes from Mt. Airy, Maryland. A previous editor of Liberty, he now edits Bible study lessons for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.