One of the worst forms of hypocrisy is the hypocrisy of self-righteousness.
The self-righteous see themselves as better than someone that they feel ought to be condemned. This hypocrisy of self-righteousness makes the self-righteous person to want full punishment for any sinner except self, because they are blinded to their own unworthiness in the eyes of God. If I polled the members of Congress and asked them whether they have lied, they would say, “Yes, I have lied, but I have never lied under oath.”
Is the consequence of a lie told outside of a courtroom or outside of a grand jury’s deposition less damaging, or is the consequence of a lie told in court more damaging? Man has said if you lie under oath you have committed perjury, and this carries a consequence in law. What about lies that are told not under oath? Do you mean to say that you can dismiss a lie told outside of a courtroom that doesn’t appear to be unlawful, and yet hold somebody’s foot to the fire because they lied in court, when the nature of the lie is the same—to protect an individual from consequences of their inappropriate and wrongful behavior or their failure or default in duty?
~The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan