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.