If you tell a lie and tell it intentionally and repeatedly, what does that say about you? Lies are generally held to be detrimental to society and the people who tell them; stories about this being part and parcel of our fables and myths. We have “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” as being one of the earliest examples of this type of story with more than a few modern takes on it filling the shelves of your local library. The moral of that fable is that one cannot believe a liar even when he tells the truth and that everyone suffers for it. All of the major religions have that their particular gods hate lies and liars. Indeed, the only time a lie seems to have any good ramifications is when a lie is told to protect someone from being harmed by people who are also breaking other rules of society, such as when lies were told to the Nazis when people were hiding those they would kill.
For all of the pious prating we’ve been hearing from political candidates, we’ve seen an explosion of lies being told recently though and being told by those who would attempt to wield power in the United States. There are always lies told during elections by both sides, quote-mining to misrepresent what was said, manipulations of statistics and indeed outright lies. But it seems worse now than ever before, and these lies are told for the express purpose of restricting rights to American citizens and to scare and mislead the public so they are not able to make informed decisions. And it seems that the Republican Party, the Tea Party and extreme religious conservatives are doing the vast bulk of it. Considering that the Christian religion and the Christian bible has repeated admonitions against lying and liars, one would wonder, like the boy who cried wolf, are they to be trusted at all about *anything* they say? Continue reading