Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Somebody Needs To Tell Richard Land He Is Not God

Now that Newt Gingrich sits on top of the polls for the Republican nomination, his private life is taking center stage. Evangelical leader Richard Land urged Gingrich to address his "turbulent marital history." He said in an open letter:
"Mr. Speaker, if you want to get large numbers of evangelicals, particularly women, to vote for you, you must address the issue of your marital past in a way that allays the fears of evangelical women,.... You must address this issue of your marital past directly and transparently and ask folks to forgive you and give you their trust and their vote."
"Ask folks to forgive you?" Huh. Adultery is a sin against God. Not a sin against "folks" or Richard Land. Unless, of course, Richard Land and "folks" think they are God.

And that's the problem. Too many people in the GOP have convinced themselves that they are God. Nobody knows what goes on in a marriage except for the parties involved. Gingrich has already admitted he made mistakes in his personal life. That should be good enough for Republican voters.

Personally, I do not care about a candidate's private life unless it involves illegality or something that could affect his or her performance in office. Fidelity is not predictive of job performance. As pointed out in our piece Are We Electing A Husband Or A President?, Carter was a great family man. An evangelical to boot. But a terrible president. Obama is another great family man.... Enough said!