It’s Just Too Easy

It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

If I commented on every fundie misstep, I’d never get any sleep. I’ve left a few of the more famous scandals alone, because they’ve been so obvious that I doubt I could add anything funny.

Just recently, we had the Mark Foley scandal. There are all sorts of questions about the Republican response. What did they know and when did they know it? Furthermore, if Foley broke any laws, he should be dealt with. I’ll leave it to other blogs to discuss that, though. Here’s what I want you to remember (from Wikipedia):

In the House, Foley was one of the foremost opponents of child pornography. Foley had served as chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children. He introduced a bill in 2002 to outlaw web sites featuring sexually suggestive images of preteen children, saying that “these websites are nothing more than a fix for pedophiles.”

So what do we find out about this guy? He’s apparently a pedophile!

Next comes the the oh-so-pious Ted Haggard.

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(Thanks to God is For Suckers for the graphic!)

Here’s what I want you to remember about this guy (from Wikipedia):

Haggard has condemned homosexuality, preaching that “we don’t have to debate about what we should think about homosexual activity; it’s written in the Bible.”

Even if you haven’t been paying attention to the news in the last few days, I bet you can guess what we just found out about this guy. That’s right, he’s apparently gay!

The story goes that he had monthly “visits” for the last three years with a male prostitute, but only for massages. Don’t worry. This story has a “happy ending!” (*ahem*, sorry)

The prostitute said they engaged in sex; Haggard says they didn’t. It’s the typical “he said, he said” dilemma. Whom to believe? For added hilarity, Haggard has admitted purchasing methamphetamine from said body worker.

Haggard says that he bought the speed,
but he’s no tweaker.

He says he threw the drug away without using it. He wants us to believe that he’s a user but he isn’t. Kind of like an earlier public figure who “didn’t inhale”.

As far as the butt sex goes, he claims that he didn’t have any. He only went for a massage. I guess he wants us to believe that he “didn’t swallow”.

I don’t care what he did with the hooker; they’re both consenting adults. Nor do I care if he bought drugs; meth addiction is far worse than anything our criminal justice system could do to this guy. Imprison the dealers, but detox the users.

The problem

What upsets me (aside from the damage that Foley did to his victims) is the hypocrisy. These are both public figures that held themselves up as being morally superior, but they were the exact opposites of what they professed. The anti-child-predator crusader is (apparently) a child-predator himself. The homophobe is (apparently) a homosexual himself.

These aren’t isolated cases. We see it repeatedly. I’ve said it before, and they’re making me say it again: I’m over-generalizing a bit, but fundies have some serious repression going on.

Is it their repression of all sexual urges that causes them to be attracted to the first warm body they see when the dental dam finally bursts? Or do they have pre-existing inclinations that they shamefully try to hide from themselves by becoming fundies? (It’s probably the latter, but psychology is a dicey art at best.)

We as a society have several solutions to this ongoing problem:

  1. We need to come to terms with the reality that human sexuality is a broad spectrum. There is no single “right” way to love another person. As part of this, we need to decide what is acceptable within the common values of society and what is not (the Left has already figured this out, but the Right still seems several hundred years away from catching up).
  2. We need to stop listening to those who rabidly dictate public morals, based solely upon narrow, unwavering, and unthinking interpretations of 2000-year-old fantasies. Instead, listen to the reasonable moral leaders, those who consider the effects upon society of various behaviors.
  3. We need to recognize that those who most strongly fear and hate people who are different from themselves may actually have deep-seated issues that they are projecting onto the world around them. Do not hate them. They need our help. Organize an intervention today!

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