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Column: Some talk family values, but don’t live them

Wes Goodman resigned his position in the Ohio state house after he was caught having sex in his office with a man. (AP)

Wes Goodman resigned his position in the Ohio state house after he was caught having sex in his office with a man. (AP)

Random thoughts from a Sain mind:

Ask a gay person and they’ll let you in on a secret. The biggest homophobes are often closeted gay people. We’ve seen that just recently.

Wes Goodman, an Ohio state legislator, married to a woman who is an assistant director of an annual anti-abortion rally, touted his Christian faith and expressed his anti-LGBT views. He was branded the “conscience of the conservative movement.”

At 33 years old, he was someone to watch and had a bright future. Family values were a big part of his appeal.

Last month someone walked in on him having sex with a man inside his office. Goodman resigned in mid-November. He’s hardly the first. There are dozens of examples of homophobic politicians later caught up in a gay sex scandal.

True straight people have nothing to fear from gay people, so they don’t feel threatened and don’t need to lash out to prove to everyone just how straight they are. A closet case, however, resents those who live their lives openly and don’t feel the same shame that has kept them hiding in the closet. Sadly, it makes them more prone to attack their own.

You hate to speak in absolutes, because they are absolutely not 100 percent. There are always exceptions, but if you see someone who has an extreme bigotry against LGBT folks, chances are pretty good they’re a Friend of Dorothy.


That brings us to the Bible-waving Roy Moore, who has put his religion front-and-center of everything he has done in public life. I’ve always been suspicious of those who tout their religion a little too loudly.

Some of the most spiritual people I know tend to be very humble. They don’t need to prove to anyone what they believe, and many of their good works go unnoticed.

Moore has twice taken the same oath that all elected officials take, from president down to town council: To support and defend the Constitution of the United States. And Moore has twice been thrown out of office for violating that oath, placing his religious views ahead of the Constitution.

If elected, Moore will again have to take that oath, and has given no indication that he will put the Constitution before his religious views.

That should tell us the value of his oath, no?

And you may share his religious views so you don’t mind. But what if he were a Muslim, or Jew, or Buddhist, or atheist, would you feel the same? The Constitution is there to protect us from religion as much as it is to protect religion from government.

Moore parades his religion so loudly you should wonder why. Is it just to get elected? Or is it to cover up for some hidden secret in his own heart?

The Washington Post story that exposed Moore’s attraction to teen-age girls when he was in his early 30s was one of the most thoroughly-reported stories I’ve ever read. They had three reporters work on it for a month, so it’s obvious why many Republicans, from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, say they believe the accusations are true.

We will soon know what kind of family values Alabama voters have. If it comes down to being a Christian first, or a Republican first, which will they choose?

We’ll discover what they value on Dec. 12.

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