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Christians' "Personal Sin" Hypocrisy in Foley Case Confirms Our Worst Fears

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The New York Times reported that dozens of evangelical Republicans interviewed in Virginia would not hold anyone but Foley accountable for preying on children come this November. They said that in this case Foley's behavior is a "personal sin" and God will be his judge. Let me see if I can make the contradictions clear: this just in from the same people who expect the government to regulate our sexual lives!

If they really believe what they are saying, then they would allow murderers to run free. "Oh no," they would say. "That's not the same." Well yes it is. Republicans in Congress had an obligation to protect these pages, just like the police have an obligation to arrest murderers. If the police were all corrupted by the mob, wouldn't these Christians run them out of town? Let's say that one of the policemen is murdering children he has a strange fixation with. Every other policeman knows it, but they cover up the murders. Are you Christians telling me that you would support this police force at all costs?

I don't believe it. I know dozens of Christians, and they are better people than this. I really hope that the New York Times report is wrong, but if it isn't, then there is something far more troubling to worry about than their flagrant hypocrisy: the source of their hypocrisy. Was it a coincidence that this article was published one day after the first Sunday since the Republicans have come up with a strategy to deal with Foley and the cover up by the Republican leadership? Could it be that Focus on the Family and these other mega churches whose leaders are in the pocket of Big Industry are letting the Republican agenda shape their sermons?

Whether you believe it is the word of the Lord or not, the Bible has not changed for 1700 years, let alone one week. But these Christians who were interviewed by the New York Times suddenly have new standards popping out of their mouths. "Personal sin," these Christians' new buzzword, is one man accountable for his actions to God; "pro-life" is the entire church and state responsible for the actions of one woman. You can't have it both ways.

So either these Christians are willing participants in holding double standards, which won't ever get them into their heaven-but I hope this isn't the case. Or pseudo-ministers, whose only objective is to help money-driven, corporate Republicans hold office, are duping them. There is no middle ground in this hypocrisy.

They are also duping the IRS because they shouldn't be helping a political party. Democrats ought to take the offensive and raise these questions and ponder how ministers who have changed their interpretation of the Bible in one week would hold up under a little bit of scrutiny. These are agenda-driven Republicans tampering with well-meaning Christians, and it only rots the morality of our country.
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