It’s often said that you can use the Bible to justify almost anything you want. It’s got enough words in it that if you take any issue or situation and sift through its pages long enough, you can usually extract a quotation somewhere in it, that supports it. Shakespeare even famously observed, “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose” (Antonio to Bassanio, The Merchant of Venice I.iii). This point has been hammered home by none other than the famously straying South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, who — almost unbelievably — used the Bible to justify himself (as reported by the New York Daily News):

Earlier, the latest Luv Guv apologized to his staff Friday during a bizarre cabinet meeting during which he compared himself to the Bible’s King David – who continued to lead after sleeping with another man’s wife, Bathsheba.

“What I find interesting is the story of David, and the way in which he fell mightily … but then picked up the pieces and built from there,” said the governor, who did not address growing calls from Republicans and Democrats that he resign.

That’s right, folks … if it’s good enough for King David, it’s good enough for Mark Sanford! (The full story of David’s brazen infidelity can be found in 2 Samuel, chapter 11.)

I’ve blogged twice already (first here, and then here) on this pathetic character. The rest of the Religious Right continues to show us its moral fibre (or more to the point, its lack thereof!) by steafastly refusing to disavow the creep.

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