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Religion and the Mayor of Fairfax City August 9, 2016

Posted by Ubi Dubium in Events, Responses.
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Scott SilverthornePeople have mentioned seeing this in the national news, but for me it’s local news.  The Mayor of Fairfax City, Scott Silverthorne, has been arrested in a sting operation for agreeing to give an undercover officer meth in exchange for a gay orgy at a Tysons Corner hotel.  Also arrested were his meth dealer and another “friend”.  He just announced that he’s resigning as Mayor.  No surprise there.

Silverthorne has been through a heck of a lot in recent years.  He lost his day job in 2013, had to file bankruptcy and lost his house to foreclosure in 2015, and also had a bout with squamous cell carcinoma on his neck in 2015.  He’s been elected as Mayor several times (apparently it’s not a full-time job).

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/fairfax-city-mayor-arrested-and-charged-in-connection-with-meth-for-sex-scheme/2016/08/05/3f1c2012-5b07-11e6-9767-f6c947fd0cb8_story.html

I have no issues with gay sex parties, other people’s sex lives are really not my business.  But meth?   I wonder if it’s the underlying reason for his job and financial trouble, or his way of trying to cope with it all.

But OK, so a politician gets caught in a sex and drug scandal, we see that a lot.  Usually I would expect that politician to be an evangelical christian Republican, just because that seems to be the normal pattern for this.  So I looked up what his political party is, and he’s an independent.  Hmmm, that’s pretty rare, but OK.

So I’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop.  I was pretty sure it was coming…

“My faith in God and myself will get me through the biggest challenge of my life. I ask that people keep me in their prayers,” Silverthorne told NBC4

And there it is.

The god who let all that crap happen to him, the god who didn’t give him the strength to say off meth, the god who didn’t send him a vision that a meth-for-sex deal was a really bad idea, that god is going to help him get through this.  Yeah, right.  Good luck with that.  I’m sure all the “thoughts and prayers” that will be coming his way will be really effective, too.

http://patch.com/virginia/centreville/s/fuh4o/report-fairfax-city-mayor-scott-silverthorne-to-resign

(A little background.  Virginia does cities differently than any other state.  Elsewhere, cities are jurisdictions within counties.  Not in Virginia.  Here cities are independent entities.  You can live in a city, or in a county, but not both.  Some of our counties have reorganized into cities, because they like the government structure better.  You’d think Arlington, from its size and urbanization, would be a city, but it’s a county,  and Virginia Beach and Portsmouth, which are both the size of counties, are incorporated as cities.  So even though Fairfax City is entirely surrounded by Fairfax County, and many services are jointly run with the County, the City is not a part of or subordinate to Fairfax County.  It’s a separate, if small, entity. Only about 24,000 people. )

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1. makagutu - August 9, 2016

Strange, that this god would let him suffer humiliation first before coming through for him. I don’t know why believers find such a god attractive, I don’t.

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2. Juana Mann - August 9, 2016

Here are my questions – what does it matter if he believes in a god or not? Is that belief in this instance imposing on your life in any way? Or, is it just fun to judge others about their personal beliefs and feel superior about it? To me, that is just as bad as the fundamental christians’ judgement on others, just the opposite side of the coin.

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mechanicdude - August 9, 2016

Juana- It does matter what a person believes. This guy believed it was OK to use and distribute Meth in the town he was sworn by oath and personal promises to protect and serve, and that his god would forgive him when and if he got caught! If the opposite side of the coin is fundamental christianity, homosexual orgys with strangers, and Meth use, I do feel superior and admit it. If you want to see real fun judgement of others just open up the bible on almost any page. -MD

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Ubi Dubium - August 9, 2016

I don’t care what he believes, I care about what he does because of what he believes. But my point here is that politicians who get involved in scandals almost always respond by taking out their religion and waving it around.

When was the list time you heard a disgraced politician say “I messed up, I’ll face the consequences, and I really don’t feel like discussing religion right now”? It pretty much doesn’t happen. It’s much more common for them to play the religion card, on the assumption that their constituents will be more forgiving and understanding because of it.

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