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'A Little TMI': GOP Rep. Gives Off-Color Reason for Almost Being Late to Prayer Breakfast

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Pro tip: If you’re the speaker at a prayer breakfast and you’re almost late and you have to give a “TMI” reason for it, don’t.

Alas, this advice comes too late for Rep. Nancy Mace. The South Carolina Republican was speaking at a prayer breakfast for her Palmetto State colleague, GOP presidential candidate Sen. Tim Scott, on Thursday on Capitol Hill.

However, she was almost a bit late for the Judeo-Christian prayer breakfast. (Did you get that this is a prayer breakfast? Let me say it again, bolded and in italics: prayer breakfastAs in, religious.) She came with an excuse, though. Her fiancee — as in, the man she is not yet married to — wanted to have sex and she had to escape his grasp.

“When I woke up this morning at 7, I was getting picked up at 7:45, Patrick, my fiancee, tried to pull me by my waist over this morning in bed,” she told the audience.

“And I was like, ‘No, baby, we don’t got time for that this morning,'” she added. “I gotta get to the prayer breakfast, and I gotta be on time.”

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“A little TMI,” she concluded, to laughs. “He can wait, I’ll see him later tonight.”

Yet again: prayer breakfast!

Do you think what she said was inappropriate?

Now, let’s be clear that the Bible is pretty explicit — more explicit than Mace, even — on the issue of sex before marriage, whether it be in the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 22, for instance) or the New Testament (take 1 Corinthians 7).

Pretty much every flavor of Abrahamic religion, in fact, is clear on this. Again, everyone sins, but as one Twitter user noted, “know your audience” — and don’t be proud of it.

Mace went on to tweet that “I go to church because I’m a sinner not because I’m a saint!

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“Glad those in attendance, including @SenatorTimScott and our pastor, took this joke in stride. Pastor Greg and I will have a little extra to talk about on Sunday now,” she added.

Religious conservatives didn’t buy it.

“Thinking about this again,” pundit Allie Beth Stuckey tweeted. “These comments just go to show how little politicians — even Republican politicians — know or care about Christianity. They have no idea the values Christians hold. They’d be aghast to know we still think sex is reserved for marriage.”

Megan Basham, meanwhile, said that “[a] true shepherd would have a serious talk w/ Rep. Mace.

“There would be real church discipline. Not just because she is living in unrepentant sin, but also because of her promotion of abortion. What she said is as much an indictment of her pastoral leadership as of herself,” she tweeted.

A priest, meanwhile, pointed out the issue with the “c’mon, everybody sins sometimes” school of thought: “We’re all sinners,” Fr. Patrick Behm tweeted. “That’s not the issue. The issue is when we have no remorse and no intention of conversion. If you know this is something you need to talk about with your pastor on Sunday, then I recommend you stop this behavior.”

That’s the key issue here — the level of pride about it. It’s a great laugh! Har har, she was almost late because she’s living in sin. And it’s more to talk about on Sunday! Whatever!

If you feel the need to share your “TMI” sins, just don’t. It’s not just that nobody wants to hear them, it’s a sign you’re not taking it particularly seriously, either. The fact she needed to air it out as if it were no big deal is the biggest problem here — and there is no shortage of issues with her remarks before (one last time) a prayer breakfast.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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