Bill Cosby and his hypocrisy

Bill Cosby (Photo courtesy The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia)


For the past 50 plus years, Bill Cosby has been famous.  As a child I remember him promoting moral behaviours–not just for African-Americans, but supposedly for everybody.  My wife and I saw him also in person at CalPoly, San Luis Obispo a decade or so ago.

As a kid, I remember watching Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.  To this day, I remember the words to at least one of the songs from that program.  More or less the lyrics were: You better work for whatever you get, everything else you better forget, the easy way, the easy, don’t go the easy way.

In 1976, Bill Cosby got a doctorate in education. Dr. Cosby often lectured to encourage people to take responsibility for their actions.

Although the word ‘still’ should possibly be removed, here are some comments about his lecturing:

Cosby still lectures to black communities (usually at churches) about his frustrations with certain problems prevalent in underprivileged urban communities, such as illegal drugs; teenage pregnancy; Black Entertainment Television; high-school dropouts; anti-intellectualism; gangsta rap; vulgarity; thievery; offensive clothing; vanity; parental alienation; single-parenting; and failing to live up to the ideals of Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., and African-Americans who preceded Generation X. (Bill Cosby. Wikipedia, accessed 07/19/15)

Preaching personal responsibility, standing against vulgarity, and preaching against drug use are all good things.

But Bill Cosby has been exposed as a moral hypocrite.

What We Learned From the Newly Revealed Cosby Deposition

July 19, 2015

A deposition uncovered Saturday shines new light on Bill Cosby’s extramarital relationships and the accusations of sexual assault from many women. …

Cosby obtained seven Quaaludes prescriptions

The deposition provides new details about how Cosby obtained the drug Quaaludes, which functions as a sedative. Cosby said in the deposition that he told a Los Angeles doctor that he wanted the drug for back pain, but he assumed the doctor knew that he actually wanted to use it for other purposes. “Quaaludes happen to be the drug that kids, young people were using to party with and there were times when I wanted to have them just in case,” Cosby said.

Asked how he used Cosby used them, the comedian said he never took one himself and instead offered them “the same as a person would say have a drink.” …

Cosby used personal details to lure women

Cosby admitted to discussing personal details of women’s lives in hopes they would sleep with him. In one case, he discussed the cancer treatment of a woman’s father. Asked if he asked “her those questions because [he] wanted to have sexual contact with her,” Cosby replied, “Yes.”

Cosby put a lot of effort into hiding his affairs from his wife

Cosby provided women with financial assistance in hopes of wining their silence. Doing that often involved a number of tactics to keep his wife from becoming suspicious. In at least one case, Cosby had his agency, the William Morris Agency, cut a check to a woman he allegedly drugged. Cosby then reimbursed the agency.

July 19, 2015

Bill Cosby admitted to multiple extramarital affairs with women, and to sometimes giving them drugs, during his long career as a beloved comedian and social commentator, newly discovered court documents reveal.

The question of whether any part of his behavior with these women was consensual or coerced was the subject of intense questioning over a period of four days in 2005 and 2006, while Cosby, 78, was being deposed in a lawsuit brought by a former Temple University employee. …

Several dozen other women have come forward since 2014, accelerating public accusations against Cosby that began several years ago. …

Cosby admitted in the deposition to wooing and – he said – sometimes mentoring women during extramarital affairs, such as Constand. He admitted to at least five different sexual relationships, according to the Times.  …

Cosby also admitted to giving women Quaaludes – but always consensually, “the same as a person would say have a drink.”

But asked if one woman, who he said he had sex with in 1976 after giving her Quaaludes, was able to consent to their encounter that night while on drugs, Cosby said, “I don’t know.”

What the Bill Cosby deposition really teaches us that Bill Cosby has long been hypocritical and that power and money affect ‘justice’ in the USA.  On the radio today, I heard that part of the reason the judge released the information publicly was essentially related to Bill Cosby’s hypocrisy.

The Book of Job teaches:

7 “May my enemy be like the wicked,
And he who rises up against me like the unrighteous.
8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite,
Though he may gain much,
If God takes away his life?
9 Will God hear his cry
When trouble comes upon him?
10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty?
Will he always call on God? (Job 27:7-10, NKJV)

13 …  and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish: (Job 8:13, KJV)

While no one is perfect, Bill Cosby’s admitted moral lapses are hypocritical and sinful.

Jesus warned those who claimed to be teachers and wanted to only look good:

25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.  26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.  28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.  (Matthew 23:25-28, NKJV)

Of course, Bill Cosby is not the only famous person who has been a hypocrite.  But his behaviours towards women have been outrageous, and worthy of public condemnation.

Adultery is wrong.  Using drugs to bed women is wrong.  Being engaged in prostitution is wrong.  Bill Cosby admitted to all of those.  And he has been accused of even more than that.

Yet, even he can repent.  As can others.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

Were the Pharisees Condemned for Keeping the Law or Reasoning Around it? Many believe that the Pharisees were condemned for keeping the law, but what does your Bible say? If they were not condemned for that, what were they condemned for?
The Ten Commandments Reflect Love, Breaking them is Evil Some feel that the ten commandments are a burden. Is that what Jesus, Paul, Peter, James, and John taught? For a more detailed discussion of the first four commandments, please see the video The Ten Commandments: Loving God. For a more detailed discussion of the last six commandments, please see: The Ten Commandments: Loving Your Neighbor. Here is a link to a related article in Mandarin Chinese 十条诫命显示爱,违反诫命的就是邪恶的
Was the Commandment to Love the Only Command? Some have stated that John’s writings teach this, but is that what the Bible really says?
The Ten Commandments and the Early Church Did Jesus and the Early Church keep the ten commandments? What order were they in? Here are quotes from the Bible and early writings. A related sermon is titled: Christians and the Ten Commandments.
Pornography: A scourge on society Is pornography harmless fun? Does the Bible teach anything about it? What are the views of some involved with it? Here is a link to a YouTube video Pornography: Harmless Fun or a Scourge on Society?
God Created Marriage Some falsely claim that God did not create marriage and that fornication is fine.  What does the Bible really teach? Here is a version in Mandarin Chinese 神创造婚姻.
Making Your Marriage Work Marriage is not always easy, but it pictures a divine relationship. How can you make your marriage work? Here is a link to the video sermon: You Can Make YOUR Marriage Work.
Love, Marriage, and Sex It is important to get them in the right order.
Husbands Love Your Wives An article written by the late Selmer Hegvold.
Just What Do You Mean — Repentance? Do you know what repentance is? Have you truly repented? Repented of what? Herbert W. Armstrong wrote this as a booklet on this important subject.
When You Sin: Do You Really Repent? This is an article by Charles F. Hunting. A related sermon is Confess to God and truly repent.
Do Christians Sin? This is an article by Herbert W. Armstrong.
Overcoming Sin What is sin? How are Christians suppose to overcome it? Here is a link to a version in Mandarin Chinese: 克服是重要的. Here is a link to a version in Spanish: Vencer al pecado. Here is also a link to a video in English titled How to Overcome Sin.

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