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Jonah, I do think some evangelicals may care and be disappointed. The New York Times, Washington Monthly, and Newsweek are no 700 Club, however. It amazes me that they can pretend they think this is a vice. They don’t think a president having an affair and lying about it under oath, and dragging the country through ugliness and waste is anything that should affect one’s professional life. “Sins” only exist if a conservative commits them. The whole thing is silly, though. Two liberal columnists write that “The Man of Virtues Has a Vice.” So, Bill Bennett plays slot machines. Did Bill Bennett ever say, “Look at me. I am all that is right and good and perfect in the world, emulate me.”? No. But he’s published books with a clear sense of what’s right and what is wrong and where the right sources are. His work does not become irrelevant because he has lost money at casinos. Bennett’s never sold himself as the model of virtue and that he plays slot machines does not mean any Christian who hates gambling has to burn his copy of the Book of Virtues. As one pundit commented to me yesterday, it’s as if this is the Olympics of the Left, to see if a Christian conservative has a “vice.” You know, there are conservatives who drink, too. And some are divorced. And…and that doesn’t mean that their arguments or research (Bennett’s “Leading Cultural Indictators,” for instance), are somehow irrelevant because of them.

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