“Other people’s sins always shock me; my own seem perfectly natural.” –Nancy Mitford
I’m feeling a little guilty here. Not because I’ve been outed or embarrassed by the recent Ashley Madison site hack. Hell, I’m so old and out of the loop, I never even heard of it until the scandal broke. Maybe it’s all been a huge publicity stunt? Nah, that must be my paranoia — it always spikes this time of year, something to do with the pollen count, or a byproduct of my allergy meds. I’m sure that’s all it is. Probably.
Then again … I’ve been assuming that our fellow blogger and hyper-qualified candidate Tubularsock’s matchless PR firm is totally involved with his presidential bid now, but perhaps they can multi-task? Or … maybe exposing so many right-wing role models as absolute fucking hypocrites (yes, that’s the, er, proper technical term for such folks) is a piece of his brilliant campaign strategy? If you have somehow missed this superb candidate amid the whole unseemly, shameless scramble for celebrity and a presidential pension, check out some of his positions here…)
No, I feel guilty because all the loud, aggressive, self-righteous assholes in this country are so damned easy — and so damned much fun — to ridicule. But sometimes I just can’t stop myself!
Daily Kos * Thu Aug 27, 2015 at 11:15 AM PDT
Since the Ashley Madison scandal broke, I have noticed a distinct lack of condemnation from you rightwing christians.
Where are all the youtube hate videos against the subscribers practicing adultery?
Where are the droves of protestors picketing AshleyMadison.com like Planned Parenthood?
It’s pretty clear where Jesus stands with cheating on your spouse. In case you missed the Commandment of “Thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s wife”, Jesus laid it out:
In Mathew 5:27-30 he said if you even look at another woman with desire, then cut out your eye because it’s better to “lose one of your members than to have your whole body go to hell”.
Lust > Cheat > Hell. Pretty straightforward. There were other things He directly condemned, like divorce. Yet He was most clear on His biggest pet peeve: excess wealth.
Yet those are three things that today’s rightwing Christian doesn’t care about. Massive greed? That’s called “prosperity gospel” now. The parable of Lazarus? They root for the rich guy in hell.
Divorce? Adultery? Child Molestation? whoopsey-daisies. No big whoop.
But gays and abortions? That’s where they burst arteries! Two issues Jesus said NOTHING about. Both of those things existed during His time. If they are the epitome of evil, you’d think they’d at least warrant a mention. But nothing.
So what about actual sins that are specifically mentioned and given no leeway at all in the Bible? Meh.
In fact, on Mike Huckabee’s old cheesy talk show five years ago he featured Ashley Madison’s CEO to tell “his side” of the story.
Yes, Mike disagreed with what Ashley Madison was doing but then added “I could be wrong“. Seriously, go to 11: 43 of this video. That’s what he said.
There is no ambiguity in the Bible about adultery. And yet, while the Bible says nothing about abortion, here is Huckabee defending Paraguay’s awful decision to force an 11-year old raped by her stepfather to bear a child. Here is a man who said he would not be against using federal troops to stop women from getting abortions! Here is a man calling for mass arrests over gay marriage. This is the same guy who convulsed with anger over gays being allowed to be happy.
In fact, Santorum, Huckabee, Cruz, et. al have said nothing about the AshleyMadison scandal or a word of condemnation to their millions of subscribers. Maybe they are worried about alienating some supporters, but that means their virulent rants on nonissues become even more meaningless. It’s almost like they are full of something….
Clearly there is no righteous, religious hate espoused for those who abuse or leave their marriages like there is for those who are in stable, homosexual relationships. Despite what the Bible says, these guys SWEAR to me that they know exactly who Jesus hates.
And I find it absolutely amazing that it always happens to coincide with their preconceived prejudices. Go figure.
I’ll bet if Jesus said to love their enemies, they’d find a way around it. (Oh wait…)
So you will have to excuse me when I roll my eyes over your next meltdown. Where is the indignant condemnation now?
Where is your moral outrage against these sinners?
You’ll rally like crazy against things not even in the Bible, but ignore and stay silent about AshleyMadison.
I guess it’s hard to condemn something that you probably have an account with.