Shameless Double Standard

Granted, Mark Foley’s behavior is reprehensible and repulsive (to everyone but NAMBLA). Even if it weren’t, he deserves to be thrown out of office for his sheer stupidity. The Democrats, however, are baying for even more blood and are seeking Dennis Hastert’s resignation. Hastert, of course, says that he would have done something earlier if he had known about Foley’s sick little instant messages. But let’s face it: He did dump Foley, and the Republicans have not circled the wagons to defend the guilty as the Democrats did with Clinton. I have not heard one word from Republicans that “it’s only about sex” or “it depends what the meaning of is is.” And as far as we know, the Foley Fiasco does not involve actual sexual contact, as opposed to Clinton and Lewinsky. And the Foley revelation seems suspiciously timed so that it is too late to get another Republican name on the ballot in Foley’s place.

Oh, well, there’s at least one silver lining: This mess has completely eclipsed coverage of Bob Woodward’s anti-Bush book in the news media.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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