It is no secret to anybody who has visited here more than two times that Molly Ivins is one of my favorite people. If she were to run for president, I’d vote for her in a heartbeat. She hits another homerun in her column this week on religion in politics.
When you throw politics into the religious mix, or vice versa, you get some real beauts in the hypocrisy department. Just to take a recent example, Jack Ryan of Illinois, the one who had to drop his campaign for the Senate after his divorce papers revealed he had forced his wife to go to sex clubs with him, was one of the “family values” crowd who opposes gay marriage because it’s such a threat to the institution. Please. And although Bill Clinton was too polite to mention it in his book, quite a remarkable number of Republican leaders who were hell-bent on impeaching him for his folly were themselves adulterers.
Back in the 1950s, when the late Rep. Bob Eckhardt was still in the Texas Legislature, a bill to cut off all state aid to illegitimate children was under debate. After listening to some of his “Christian” colleagues explain why illegitimate children should be left to starve, Eckhardt rose and said, “I am not so much concerned about the natural bastards as I am about the self-made ones.” I consider that one of the most Christian things I’ve ever heard said during legislative debate.
I encourage you to read the entire column.