the temple of hume

Aasif Mandvi and Jon Stewart totally nail it on the issue of poor persecuted christians:

On a more serious note, Jeff Schweitzer over at HuffPo had some observations on conservative christian morality and the facility with which some of its more notable practitioners twist it up:

• South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, a vocally conservative Christian, was caught in a torrid affair with his Argentinean mistress, a crime under his own state’s law, which he is responsible for enforcing. By the high moral standards of South Carolina adultery is a punishable offense defined as “habitual or carnal intercourse with each other without living together as a man and woman when either is lawfully married to some other person.” Sanford has compared himself to King David, and has said that god wants him to remain in office in spite of his civil and moral crimes.

• Nevada Senator John Ensign, another Conservative Christian, had an extensive on-going extramarital affair with a woman on his campaign staff. Ensign is a long-standing member of the Christian men’s ministry called the Promise Keepers. The irony!

• Former U.S. Representative Mark Foley had a yen for male pages, urging one to “get a ruler and measure it for me.” According to ABC News , Foley emailed an invitation to one male page to stay at the congressman’s home all for the low price of oral sex. This is the representative who piously introduced legislation to prevent exploitation of children under the banner of Christianity.

• Ted Haggard was accused of paying male prostitutes for sex while using crystal meth. This is the man who held weekly meetings with President Bush, teaching the president that homosexuality is an abomination. Haggard was at the time the head of the National Association of Evangelicals.

• U.S. Senator Larry Craig infamously was charged with soliciting sex in an airport bathroom. What makes that interesting is his vocal, loud and prominent opposition to gay marriage on the basis of his adherence to “Christian values.”

• Bob Allen, a Republican Congressman in the Florida House of Representatives, was charged with paying an undercover cop $20.00 for the pleasure of offering to the officer oral sex. This act of illicit love is in bright contrast to his active sponsorship of Christian-inspired anti-gay legislation.

• Glen Murphy, Jr., while National Chairman of Young Republicans, allegedly got some young Republicans drunk , and then decided to practice some oral sex on the inebriated up-and-comers on the right.

• Republican State Representative Richard Curtis from Spokane, Washington was involved in a gay sex scandal. Donald Fleischman, Chairman of the Republican Party in Brown County in Green Bay, WI, was ensnared in his own scandal of homosexual yearnings.

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what it’s all about

I am, by nature, a conciliatory sort of person. I want to be low-key, i want to please. When I post in the obnoxiousness category, I feel self-conscious, as if I have no business — and I worry that friends of mine with spiritual beliefs might be offended. But then I read something like this and I realize that obnoxiousness is an absolutely necessary response to the evils of organized religion. It is vitally important to speak out against religious extremism in all its forms, against those who abuse their power over others, whether they are parents, priests, or political activists seeking to impose their beliefs on others.

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