What goes around comes back around. What goes on in the dark will come to the light. Most of us learn that while we’re in the throes of teenagerdom, so by the time we’re adults we know enough not to criticize people when we’re doing exactly the same thing.
Ted Haggard, one of the most prominent evangelical pastors in the nation, resigned today as president of the National Association of Evangelicals amid allegations that he carried on a three-year sexual relationship with a male prostitute. This man spent much of his time spewing anti-gay messages at anybody who would listen. He’s admitted to nothing but says he can’t function with a cloud of speculation surrounding him. I know as well as the next person that when you resign in this manner, it’s about as close to an admission of guilt as you can get.
Mark Foley has been in the middle of a child molestation scandal for a few weeks now. If you’ve been living under a rock, his case surrounds sexually suggestive and exploitive emails and instant messages to young men who formerly served as White House pages. Foley was the chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, which introduced legislation targeted to sexual predators.
I’ve come to expect a certain amount of hypocrisy in religion and politics. However, I’m just plain disgusted by these scandals. In the real world, being a hypocrite of that caliber could get you killed or get you a private room in ICU.
Seriously, where are people’s morals going? Grown ass men shouldn’t be trying to holla at young boys, nor should they be so ignorant as to think that the sexual trysts they’re trying to hide won’t be found out. If Bill Clinton got caught, so will you. The religiously vulnerable out there will begin to lose their faith in God because the people that they trust to bring them His word can’t even be honest about their own lives so why would they be honest about what God is telling them? We ripped Michael Jackson a new one and have kept him under a microscope for the last 15 years, but all Mark Foley has to do is resign and say that he was molested by a priest and he’s pretty much off the hook. Doesn’t he think that all the other sexual predators out there have similar stories. He actually has the nerve to support legislation that he may very well be convicted under? Where is the sense in that?!
The louder you talk, apparently the more you have to hide. Karma isn’t just something that Culture Club made a song about in the 80s. It will come to bite you in the ass.
*Sorry for the disconnectedness of this post, but I’m angry at this and just had to vent.