Why Do Leaders Sometimes Lie?


Thoughts from some of our readers

  • Fear of reprisals
  • Loss of status
  • Lack of integrity
  • Convenient cover-up when things go wrong
  • Political embarrassment needs to be avoided at all costs
  • Loss of votes
  • Egomania
  • Useful tool in promoting realization of ‘impure’ objectives, legislation, preferential policies or favoritism, etc. in order to make such palatable to the general voting public (who will likely not benefit)
  • Influence opinions of voters
  • Maintain beneficial alliance with a specific group of liars
  • When truth does not support their stated position
  • National security
  • Perhaps lying will help them get elected to public office
  • Marital infidelity that the leader does not wish to be known
  • A business leader who sees an opportunity to make a lot of money

(Also see   NY Times Article on US President’s Lies )

Contributors to this blog

  • Chuck Rehberg
  • Paul Scheuner
  • James Squires
  • Elaine Thomas

Our next blog will feature MORE answers to this question



3-YEAR-OLD Reese: “Our Father, who does art in Heaven. Harold is His name. Amen.”

I had been teaching my 3-year-old daughter Caitlin the Lord’s Prayer for several evenings at bedtime. She would repeat after me the lines from the prayer. Finally, she decided to go solo. “Lead us not into temptation,” she prayed, “but deliver us from E-mail.”

A Sunday school teacher asked her children as they were on their way to church service, “And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?” One bright little girl replied, “Because people are sleeping.”

Religious institutions are still the single biggest recipient of overall charity donation, according to the 2015 survey by the Giving USA Foundation. About 32% – about $110 billion – went to churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples. The amount of donations is down about 50% since 1990. Part of the reason is an overall decline in the number of people who identify with a religious group. 23% of American say they are not affiliated with any religion, up from 16% in 2007.


They’re critical thinkers.

They’re skeptical about many things.

They work hard to get the truth.

They want to see evidence and proof.

They ask, “Is this reasonable? Does it make sense?”

They’re generally compassionate and caring.

And accepting and inclusive.

What does a humanist believe about the purpose of life?

For each individual to reach his potential and to help others do the same. And when choosing a purpose of life, your choice should be based on how you, as a human being, should relate to other human beings. Humanists think that almost everyone is capable of choosing purposes and goals that will help guide their life.

What does a humanist believe about afterlife?

The only afterlife we humans might experience is the way we have affected individuals and institutions during our lifetime. There is neither heaven nor hell.

What does a humanist believe about salvation?

They do not believe anyone is born sinful or guilty. Therefore, they do not believe anyone needs to be “saved.”

What does a humanist believe about evolution?

The earth is 4.5 billion years old. Plants, animals and humans have evolved and changed over millions of years. They were not created during seven days 6,000 years ago.