Family Values Hypocrisy: Texas congressman Joe Barton is apologizing after being caught sending out nude photos of his genitals.
Texas Congressman Joe Barton sent nudes and illicit text messages to a woman, and he’s apologizing for the graphic image first revealed by a Twitter user.
Barton, a Republican, sent the nude photo showing his penis. The Twitter user censored the image, and also revealed a sext that reads, “I want u soo bad. Right now.”
In response to the lurid story, Rep. Barton released a statement on Wednesday apologizing for the graphic nude photos and lewd text messages that are currently circulating on social media. In the statement Barton said:
While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women. Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended. I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down.
The Twitter user who posted the naked shot and graphic text claims to also have several videos of Barton masturbating — and tagged the Twitter accounts of President Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz. It’s unclear if the tweeter is the woman to whom Barton admits sending the photos — but the person claims he/she is being “harassed” by Barton.
Barton is one of the most conservative members of congress, and a big supporter of what conservatives call “religious freedom.” In the past Barton praised the Supreme Court for protecting “religious freedom” in the controversial Hobby Lobby case; and in 2012 the congressman attacked the Obama administration for protecting a woman’s right to choose an abortion, again citing “religious freedom.”
In addition, the family values congressman once suggested that the Bible story of “Noah and the Great Flood” is evidence that climate change is not necessarily man made. In 2013 Barton told his fellow members of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee:
I would point out that people like me who support hydrocarbon development don’t deny that climate is changing. I think you can have an honest difference of opinion of what’s causing that change without automatically being either all in that’s all because of mankind or it’s all just natural. I think there’s a divergence of evidence.
I would point out that if you’re a believer in the Bible, one would have to say the Great Flood is an example of climate change and that certainly wasn’t because mankind had overdeveloped hydrocarbon energy.
Earlier this month Barton announced that he would seek reelection. However, in light of the on-going scandal Barton now tells the Texas Tribune he’s reconsidering.
Bottom line: Another conservative Christian congressman is exposed as a religious hypocrite.