Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Scandal That Does Some Good For A Change?

South Carolina is in the heart of the bible belt so news of sex scandals are rare right? Well of course they are as long as you ignore their Governor, Mark Sanford. Oh and then there is their now former State Board of Education Chairwoman.
Kristin Maguire, an Upstate evangelical and one of South Carolina’s most respected social conservatives, has been one of the governor’s closest education policy advisors for years.  She’s also Sanford’s appointment to the S.C. Board of Education, which last year elected her its Chairwoman.

What else is she?

The prolific author of hardcore erotic fiction on the Internet, according to documents provided to the governor’s office earlier this summer and later obtained by FITS.

And
That part of Maguire’s life is now facing intense scrutiny – especially in light of the way Sanford’s office appears to have helped put a lid on the information being leaked about Maguire.

For example, several sources have related to FITS an incident involving Maguire and Scott English at a Columbia area bar at the end of the 2004 legislative session.

“She was giving him a lap dance,” says a witness at the bar. “There’s no other way to describe it.”

Another former Sanford staffer tells FITS that Maguire once unbuttoned her blouse and hiked up her skirt in front of him to show off her see-thru, light blue underwear.  This incident allegedly occurred not at a bar, but inside the governor’s office – at the unoccupied desk of First Lady Jenny Sanford, no less.

Now to be fair, FITSNews isn't known as the most unbiased of sources especially considering their tag line "Unfair. Imbalanced." and Ms Maguire has not confirmed any of the allegations instead stating that she resigned because of popular dodge the real reason excuse of "Family Reasons". But to me the real story is how this woman was even put in the position she held in the first place.

Until Maguire's resignation, the head of the South Carolina Board of Education:

- Thought so much of the state's school systems that she felt the need to home school her own 4 kids.
- Was a vocal anti-evolutionist
- Supported abstinence only education (interesting position for an alleged erotic fiction author isn't it?)

So putting aside her as of yet unconfirmed sexual escapades which don't amount to much anyways (other than the hypocrisy), would anyone other than your garden variety Fundie want this woman making decisions on what is taught to your kids?

It appears that the children of South Carolina will actually benefit from a scandal for once, they aren't in Texas after all...

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