Sanford's "Born Again" hypocrisy

A very common scene in the evangelical and fundamentalist Protestant circles is the "Born Again'er" con. That's the kind who leads a wayward life, but when cornered by circumstances of their making, they'll wave a Bible around, profess to be "saved" and proceed to mooch off those dumb enough to believe this person will turn their life around if they just give them one more chance. Once they're out of their present crisis, these types usually go back to their old ways, conning, backstabbing, and scamming until they get cornered again.

Sadly enough, they usually get away with it, using religion to dupe people for their own selfish reasons.

Having "crossed over" to the Catholic Church, I thankful that I don't have to watch that sad and often-transparent spectacle by the hypocritcal and truly unrepentant on Sundays anymore. However yesterday I was reminded of days past when I read Governor Sanford's pathetic letter of "apology":



In this regard I think all that has transpired will be particularly relevant in the way I deal with the legislative body and other state leaders going forward. Micah 6:8 asks us to do justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly, and as I begin these steps into the last 18 months of this administration, it will indeed be with a more contrite and humble spirit.

I’ve realized that as much as I have and will continue to advocate for things ranging from restructuring to responsible spending to school choice, my approach needs to be less about my will and more about looking for ways to more humbly present the greater principals and ideas at play. It needs to be less strident and more about finding ways to work with legislative leaders to advance the ideas so many of us believe in. It means less time fighting the tide - and a greater awareness of the fact that God controls it.


To be blunt, but honest, with my readers, the first thought to come to mind was "does he really think I'm dumb enough to buy that horseshit?".

It's not my place to judge the Governor on his personal actions (he'll have to be his own judge on that one). However, it is fair to hold him accountable for his failure to lead, his modus operandi of sowing divisiveness, dishonestly and hurt wherever his legislative agenda casts its shadow, and his history of waving around the Bible and saying he'll do a better job of working with people next time.

We heard this all before, to no avail, so why should he be believed this time?

If you've got some thoughts on this matter, please feel free to share them.

4 Response to "Sanford's "Born Again" hypocrisy"

  1. Anonymous 20/7/09 22:26
    For the Governor: Matthew Chapter 6. He does not need to be having this discussion with God in public.
  2. Steve 20/7/09 22:58
    The odd thing is that so many state legislators expect us to believe that a SC Governor SHOULD be going to Argentina, several times, on our dime. For what?
    Sanford admitted to extending his trips to include his trysts, under the guise of "official business". He even felt the need to pay back $3000, after he got caught, of course.
    Now all his underlings have (shockingly) claimed he did nothing inappropriate. I guess "inappropriate" IS a subjective term after all.
    So this jerk off invokes God's name, talks about family, and his constituents get all sympathetic and sing God Bless America with him....Pathetic
    What a bunch of easily fooled and easily led suckers there are in this state.
    Perhaps we deserve this slimebag.
  3. Steve 20/7/09 23:03
    The odd thing is that so many state legislators expect us to believe that a SC Governor SHOULD be going to Argentina, several times, on our dime. For what?
    Sanford admitted to extending his trips to include his trysts, under the guise of "official business". He even felt the need to pay back $3000, after he got caught, of course.
    Now all his underlings have (shockingly) claimed he did nothing inappropriate. I guess "inappropriate" IS a subjective term after all.
    So this jerk off invokes God's name, talks about family, and his constituents get all sympathetic and sing God Bless America with him....Pathetic
    What a bunch of easily fooled and easily led suckers there are in this state.
    Perhaps we deserve this slimebag.
  4. Anonymous 21/7/09 11:17
    There's a point after which someone needs to yank the Gov's chain and say this is not a twelve step group and if you feel a need to scourge yourself, there are Catholic, Pagan and Mohammedan franchises that accomodate that masochistic need (others kindly stick to your valium and zoloft, though craigslist probably has a listing or two for doms accepting submissives)

    Not that we have or ever expect to have any trade with Brazil or Argentina, at least Sanford's not using state meting rooms to hawk the Heritage or Excel pyramids schemes...