Meet Tennessee state senator Paul Stanley. He's a solid conservative Republican and married father of two, who according to his website is "a member of Christ United Methodist Church, where he serves as a Sunday school teacher and board member of their day school." (...)Bigot. Hypocrite. Conservative Christian. Another morality-pusher who is utterly incapable of leading a moral life himself. What sickens me is, according to Christian doctrine, all he has to do is repent and (re)accept Jesus as his savior and he'll 'get in to heaven'. Where is the justice in that? Where is the disincentive? Where is the fairness to those who trusted him not to cheat? To lie? To fornicate outside of marriage? To not be a fucking hypocrite? Christianity is the ultimate Get-Out-of-Hell-Free Card. Screw up big time? It's ok, just ask Jesus for forgiveness and you are welcome back into the fold of hypocrisy and unaccountability. No need to actually worry or care about the damage you've caused in this life because you'll be singing with the angels for all eternity in the next. Personal salvation is so fucking selfish...
Stanley recently sponsored a bill designed to prevent gay couples from adopting children. And when a Planned Parenthood official recently sought his support for family planning services for Memphis teens, Stanley told her, according to the official, that he "didn't believe young people should have sex before marriage anyway, that his faith and church are important to him, and he wants to promote abstinence."
So far, so far Republican. But you can see where this is going...
In a sworn affidavit, a Tennessee state investigator has said that Stanley admitted to having a "sexual relationship" with a 22-year-old female intern working in his office, and to taking nude pictures of her in "provocative poses" in his apartment.
Late Update: It gets worse. In 1994, Stanley's first wife, Judy Martin, filed for a restraining order against him, charging that he had physically assaulted her three times. She wrote: "He was going out the door to leave our house and he hit me with a tremendous blow and then he proceeded to turn and run away from me outside the garage to the street." Stanley and Martin divorced the following year.Classy.
According to the Nashville Post, Stanley met his current wife, Kristi Stanley, soon afterwards, while both were working for Bill Frist's U.S. Senate office in Memphis. She was working as -- an intern.