Christian Congressman: God Forgave Me For Sleeping With Patients, Paying For Abortions

By David G. McAfee

A Christian Republican congressman has openly admitted to sleeping with his patients while he was a doctor, and even pressuring them into abortions despite his public anti-choice stance, but it’s all okay in his mind because he says God forgave him.

Rep. Scott DesJarlais, of Tennessee, already paid a fine for his sexual misconduct with patients, according to Nova Magazine.

Somehow, with the country currently much more aware of sexual abuse issues, DesJarlais has avoided public scrutiny. And he doesn’t dispute the claims either. The 53-year-old congressman said he paid the fine against him levied by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners in 2013 for his sexual misconduct with patients.

DesJarlais reportedly had sex with multiple patients, bought them gifts, and pushed them to have abortions, which he paid for.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. @OP – but it’s all okay in his mind because he says God forgave him.

    Those god-delusions really are conveniently VERY forgiving of their human puppet hosts’ transgressions against other people! 🙂

    They do away with all that burdensome conscience and personal responsibility stuff, which promotes genuine altruism in less religious people who hold themselves accountable to considering their fellow humans, rather than feeling good about pleasing the imaginary gods which dwell in their own heads!

  2. Yes Alan, it’s amazing how conveniently they forgive themselves but on the other hand, they are some of the least compassionate people on the planet when it comes to every other “sinner” and their bad deeds. The pious bunch are a great impediment to the forces of secular, ethical, pragmatic reform. Pious hypocrites can’t be allowed to monopolize the moral high ground.

  3. The pious are ipso facto less likely to be moral, is my charge and we need to make it stick. We must, much more, level the charge. “God-forgiveness” is but one shallow trick. Restoration in heaven the biggy. And quite a few more.

    I wanted Sean Faircloth’s political stance for us (here!) to prevail and claim the greater right to be considered moral. I fear that old American narratives remain in atheist converts (as most American atheists will be for a while). The most folk seem to claim is “moral too”. We can claim more.

    I was struck when watching a 1959 UK movie, Serious Charge, how a well meaning, do-gooding vicar in trouble was helped and morally outclassed by his wiser atheist mother. Not a word of demur.

  4. The Coen Brothers movie O Brother Where Art Thou? covered this very nicely when one of the idiot companions “Delmar” comments after he’s been baptized that he is now forgive of his previous thefts. Mc Gill points out that “this may square you with god but has no bearing on the State of Louisiana”. I think this is how the religious should treat pedophiles, chuchy rapists and frauds. Yes, we acknowledge God forgives you (we may forgive you) but he/we can forgive you behind bars, yes the fraud you committed can be forgiven but we’re not giving you any money etc.

  5. @OP – A Christian Republican congressman has openly admitted to sleeping with his patients while he was a doctor,
    and even pressuring them into abortions
    despite his public anti-choice stance,
    but it’s all okay in his mind because he says God forgave him.

    Perhaps those “faith-blinkers” permit the reading of the words “Hippocratic Oath”, as “hippo-critic oath”! 🙂

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