Monday, 9 November 2020

Hypocrisy News - The Texan Talibangelical Attorney General and Sleaze

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Talibangelical sleaze-bag (allegedly)
Conservative Christian TX Attorney General’s Affair Now Part of Criminal Case | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist | Patheos

The Texas Repugnican Attorney General, Ken Paxton, a committed Talibangelical Christian fighting for a fundamentalist Christian theocracy in the USA, is in deep do-dos.

According to the AP report, he had an extra-marital affair with a women whom he later recommended for a job with a wealthy donor who is now at the centre of a criminal investigation against him.

According to AP, Paxton recommended the woman, who had previously worked for a GOP state senator, to Austin property developer, Nate Paul, who has now fingered Paxton in a deposition to the investigators, Paxton having been reported by his top two deputies for improper influence, alleged bribery, abuse of office and other crimes.

People who expect devout Christians to also be law-abiding citizens, especially when holding public office might be surprised by these allegations, if they are not aware of Paxtons scant regard for the law and the US Constitution, which he is continually seeking to subvert and replace with a Taliban-style fundamentalist Christian theocracy. To further this subversive aim he has, in his office as the Texas Attorney General (ie, the state's highest law enforcement officer and guardian of the law):

Texas Attorney General Paxton comes from a long tradition of sleazy pious Christian fundamentalist hypocrites who say one thing and do another. This syndrome is known as 'moral-self-licensing' where a loudly pious individual believes their piety has earned them enough brownie points in Heaven to be permitted a little relaxation from the rules they expect everyone else to live by and which they would rigorously enforce if only they got the chance. It's as though they view it as some sort of bank account where, so long as you stay in credit by frequently topping it up with some public piety, you can draw on it when you need to, anyway, you can always say sorry to Jesus and have your overdraft paid off, whenever you need to.

A more cynical view is, that, in a country where so many people are fundamentalist Christians, there is much to be gained by pretending to be one of them in order to gain their trust so you can abuse the positions they allow you to occupy for your own self-aggrandizement, much in the way that Donald Trump originally gained power by fooling a lot of the people all of the time, to paraphrase Lincoln.

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