Socially Conservative, Married Father Politician Makes Up Fake Homosexual Prostitute Story to Cover Affair With Married Christian Politician Woman
This news story is a confluence of several topics I regularly blog about.
You have these two socially conservative, Christian, pro-family values politicians, who are each married to other people, and who are, I believe, each parents, who were having an affair with each other. One or both have public biographies saying they are avid church goers.
I first saw this story on DefendTheSheep’s Twitter page, I think.
Anyway, to try to cover the affair (that he was having with a married woman), the man concocted a false story to feed to the public: that he had sex with a male prostitute.
That is so bizarre.
Apparently being church goers, being married, being parents, and supporting “family values” did not, contrary to the usual Christian propaganda, make either one of these people mature, ethical, or godly.
And again, I am socially conservative and not necessarily against family values, but I do think a lot of Christians and other right wingers place way too much emphasis on those things.
- by S. P. Bailey
- A Michigan state representative distributed a fake e-mail that suggested he had sex with a male prostitute so he could hide his relationship with another Republican state representative who is also a home-schooling mom, according to the Detroit News. Both lawmakers are Christian conservatives who frequently refer to their faith.
- State Rep. Todd Courser, a married father of four, said in an audio recording that the e-mail was intended to create a “complete smear campaign” of false claims so that a public revelation about his relationship with state Rep. Cindy Gamrat would seem “mild by comparison.”
- The Detroit News interviews suggested that the freshman representatives used their taxpayer-funded offices to maintain and cover up their relationship. The newspaper describes the two as “socially conservative legislators who often invoke their Christian faith in pursuit of new legislation governing gun rights, abortion and marriage.” They found support through tea-party activism and formed their own legislative coalition.
- …During two meetings recorded by the aide, Courser and Gamrat, who is also married and has three children, did not dispute the aide’s characterization of their relationship as an extramarital affair.
- …Cotter has ordered an investigation into allegations the two used their offices and staff in an apparent coverup.
- …Courser’s (Link): state representative bio includes quite a bit about his faith, including how his parents raised him in a Christian home.“The love and compassion that Courser’s parents emulated shaped the ‘religious’ part of Courser, one of genuine faith,” the bio states. He currently attends Lapeer Assembly of God.(Link): Gamrat’s bio notes that she home-schools her children and is married to her high school sweetheart. (Link): Her Web site says she is “very active at Gracespring Bible Church.”
August 17, 2015 update:
- Having tried blaming the “Lansing mafia” and unnamed blackmailers for exposing his adulterous affair with a fellow lawmaker, Michigan Tea Party Republican Todd Courser turned to Facebook over the weekend to write (Link): a rambling Bible-quoting post invoking Jesus and Original Sin — and his commenters weren’t having it.
- State Rep. Courser is under investigation for possible misuse of his office after attempting to get a top aide to distribute an email smear saying the lawmaker had a gay fling with a male prostitute behind a nightclub. Courser’s plan was to use the anonymous smear to “inoculate the herd” — voters and his followers — before word got out that he was having an affair with fellow social conservative lawmaker, Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R), a mother of three.
- …The conservative Courser was liberal with his use of Biblical quotations and blaming his transgressions on the sin that “lives within him,” writing at one point: “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.”
- Followers of his story which made national news flooded his comments section with scathing attacks and mockery for hiding behind the Bible after being caught with his pants down with another woman.
- Addressing the 1,900-word-long religious excuse, Kathy O’Brien wrote: “Holy heck. Just. Stop. Talking.”
- Other commenters told the lawmaker to own up to the fact that he had been busted and just resign.
Dan Cohn: “You took a page from the Duggar’s I see – quit hiding behind the bible and own up.”