Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has faced a tidal wave of criticism, pundit-driven psychoanalysis, and calls to resign over the revelation that he sent lewd pictures and messages to women over the Internet. Now, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., a preacher with the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky is adding his thoughts to the mix.
In a message last Saturday on his Twitter feed, Mohler condemned the news that Weiner planned to check himself into a treatment center. Mohler sneered that there is “no effective ‘treatment’ for sin.” Rather, Mohler suggested Weiner — a practicing Jew — should convert to Christianity for atonement:
“Dear Congressman Weiner: There is no effective ‘treatment’ for sin. Only atonement, found only in Jesus Christ.”
Cathy Lynn Grossman, a writer for USA Today, denounced Moher’s tweet. Grossman said Mohler’s tweet “reads as an evangelism tactic, riding in on the Weiner headlines but aimed at people like Jews such as Weiner, Buddhists like Woods, and many others, such as Weiner’s Muslim wife, who hold different ideas about salvation, different approaches to atonement.” On his blog, Mohler responded: “Salvation is found through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in him alone.”
This isn’t the first time Mohler has landed himself in hot water over rhetoric toward the Jewish community. During a debate on MSNBC in 2002, Mohler told host Phil Donohue that all Jews must accept Christ for salvation, and that a Nazi prison guard would find salvation before any Jewish person who does not accept Christ as their savior.
Mohler, a board member of the powerful religious right Christian group Focus on the Family, did not return ThinkProgress’ call for comment.