All of this has occurred during a two-and-a-half-year-old administration. But in New Jersey, it's usual business.
Taking religious refuge, McGreevey said he doesn't believe God deliberately keeps people down. He's right. People make their own choices and benefit, or not, based on their decisions.
McGreevey then performed a little theological sleight of hand. He said he believed that "God enables all things to work for the greater good." That's a reference to Romans 8:28. But McGreevey left out the rest: "to those who have been called according to his purpose."
Is McGreevey recommending adultery so more of God's purposes can be worked out? Or as the writer of Romans put it elsewhere, "Should sin abound that grace might more abound? Heaven forbid." (Romans 6:1)
McGreevey spoke of "feelings" he has had since childhood, meaning feelings for other males. We all have "feelings" or inclinations to do certain things, but we suppress them because acting on them can lead to destruction, as evidenced by the fallout from McGreevey's affair.
Gay rights activists want to sell the notion that denying same-sex urges is to deny one's "identity." As a heterosexual, my "identity" is determined by the God McGreevey misquoted and misrepresented.
What about McGreevey's current wife (a former wife left him), who stood beside him and held his hand? We have seen this "stand by your man" tableau before, most recently with Hillary Clinton, but also with Lee Hart (wife of the wanderer Gary Hart) and Effi Barry (former wife of the former Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry).
How sad to see these women trotted out to give their husbands moral cover for their immoral acts. They might as well be saying, "I'd like to thank my wife for standing by me and demeaning herself, because I have been a jerk with little concern for HER feelings."
New Jersey needs a political exorcism, but in a state run by a Democrat machine, who can effectively play the integrity card?
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