‘Family values’ US Republican Governor admits to an affair.
One of the leading lights of the US Republican Party, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, has admitted to an affair and thus ended his hopes of running for the White House in 2012. from abc.net.au/news (story also at Miami Herald)
The Governor told his staff he was going to walk the Appalachian Trail to clear his head. Far from being in his hiking boots, Governor Sanford was with his mistress in Buenos Aires.
Whilst having an affair is bad enough (Despite what some people think it’s never just about you and your partner. An affair can affect everyone around you; the lies and deception to your partner, family, friends and colleagues will effect the way everyone thinks of you) it’s made worse, in my opinion, if you make yourself out to be ‘better’ than most people because you follow ‘God’s laws’.
During his press speech Sanford had this to say:
“I’ve let down a lot of people. That’s the bottom line. But I’m here because if you were to look at God’s laws, they’re in every instance designed to protect people from themselves.
“I think that that is the bottom line of God’s law. That it’s not a moral, rigid list of dos and don’ts just for the heck of dos and don’ts; it is indeed to protect us from ourselves.
Apart from the fact that I have many concerns with ‘Gods’ so-called laws (see FAQ 1.) if you are going to profess to following them, and in Sanford’s case quite likely make political decisions based on them, then you better make sure you don’t break any of them. Whilst everyone may at some stage in their life commit some sort of crime, unethical or immoral act; the difference I see, between non-religious people and religious people, is that the non-religious people don’t profess to be ‘holier than thou’ like religious people do.
More to the point why be so hypocritical and run a political platform based on Bible based ‘family values’ when you can’t keep your dick in your pants?