Double standards - masters of masquerade

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The Independent US

* In 1986, televangelist Jimmy Swaggart was pictured leaving a motel with a prostitute. He was caught again In 1991.

* Jonathan Aitken lied about staying at the Paris Ritz at the expense of prominent Saudi Arabian friends while a defence minister. Was jailed for perjury and perverting justice.

* Pope Alexander VI (1431-1503) is widely thought to have bribed his way to the job. Also fathered a string of illegitimate children, including Lucrezia Borgia.

* In 1956, Liberace sued columnist Cassandra for suggesting he was gay, and won. But he in turn was sued for $113m by his male ex-lover.

* Jesus condemned the pharisees as hypocrites, saying: "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer."

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