Mind blowing still today — 37th anniversary: President Jimmy Carter brilliantly moved evangelical Christianity closer to the American mainstream via his Playboy interview to save pornography’s lost souls

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http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+playboy+magazine+jimmy+carter&qpvt=images+playboy+magazine+jimmy+carter&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=5AF569D56FB8AA2CA80F37CFB99A5BD87E9B5DDA&selectedIndex=3

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http://www.arts.mcgill.ca/history/faculty/TROYWEB/Courseweb/JimmyCarterThePlayboyInterview.htm

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Because I’m just human and I’m tempted

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and Christ set some almost impossible
standards for us.

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The Bible says, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

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Christ said,

“I tell you that anyone who looks on a woman with lust has in his heart already
committed adultery.”

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I’ve looked on a lot of women with lust.

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I’ve committed adultery in my heart many times….

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This is something that God recognizes, that I will do and have done,

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and God forgives me for it.

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But that doesn’t mean that

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I condemn someone who not only looks on a woman with lust but who leaves his
wife and shacks up with somebody out of wedlock.

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Christ says, don’t consider yourself better than someone else because one guy screws a whole bunch of women

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while the other guy is loyal to his wife.

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The guy who’s loyal to his wife ought
not to be condescending or proud because of the relative degree of sinfulness.  [sin means to miss the mark  —

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin#History_of_the_term

Missing the mark is still missing the mark]

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Carter#1976_presidential_campaign

He is the only American president to have been interviewed by Playboy.

As late as January 26, 1976, Carter was the first choice of only four percent of Democratic voters, according to a Gallup poll. Yet “by mid-March 1976 Carter was not only far ahead of the active contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, he also led President Ford by a few percentage points”, according to Shoup.

He chose Senator Walter F. Mondale as his running mate. He attacked Washington in his speeches, and offered a religious salve for the nation’s wounds.

Carter began the race with a sizable lead over Ford, who narrowed the gap during the campaign, but lost to Carter in a narrow defeat on November 2, 1976. Carter won the popular vote by 50.1 percent to 48.0 percent for Ford, and received 297 electoral votes to Ford’s 240.

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Carter became the first contender from the Deep South to be elected President since the 1848 election.

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Carter carried fewer states than Ford—23 states to the defeated Ford’s 27—yet Carter won with the largest percentage of the popular vote (50.1 percent) of any non-incumbent since Dwight Eisenhower.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/frenzy/carter.htm

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Jimmy Carter’s “Lust in the Heart” Playboy interview 1976

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Carter admitted in an unsolicited comment to two Playboy freelance writers that he had “looked on a lot of women with lust” and had “committed adultery in my heart many times,” strange revelations all the more damaging because they appeared in a soft-porn magazine.   [Wrong:  Brilliant move by Christian Jimmy to save pornography’s lost souls — pornography outprofits all sports programs combined!]

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A separate New York Times Magazine interview with Norman Mailer, also published during the general election campaign, added fuel to the frenzy’s fire thanks to Carter’s impolitic remark, “I don’t care if people say f—.” The press had a field day with Carter’s oddball offerings, but some journalists correctly saw the controversy as a warning sign of the future direction of American politics.  [Wrong:  Why should Presidents get off the hook on personal wrongs while common folks get nailed to the cross?]

As the New York Times editorialized, the erosion of “the legitimate boundaries of [politicians’] private lives and intimate feelings” had begun.   [Wrong:   Presidents’ carnal nature are not immune from public scrutiny — But President Clinton’s impeachment efforts were wrong because his sins had nothing to do with his job performance]

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http://willrabbe.com/microblog/2011/5/26/jimmy-carters-controversial-playboy-interview.html

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Whether Carter was merely over-sharing or attempting to live up to his pledge to “never lie,” he remained unapologetic as the controversy hit the fan. A few defended his candidness, comparing his “shacking up” quote to first lady Betty Ford’s frank comments on premarital sex (hormones often govern us all, especially when we are at our sexual peak  — premarital sex is understandable though not approved).

In the Vice Presidential Debate, Republican Veep Nominee Bob Dole attempted to capitalize on the Playboy interview, saying, “I couldn’t understand frankly why he was in Playboy magazine, but we’ll give him the bunny vote.”

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