9 Now when these things had been completed, the princes approached me, saying, “The people of Israel and the priests and the Levites have notseparated themselves from the peoples of the lands, according to their abominations, those of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians and the Amorites. 2 Forthey have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy race has intermingled with the peoples of the lands; indeed, the hands of the princes and the rulers have been foremost in this unfaithfulness.” 3 When I heard about this matter, I tore my garment and my robe, and pulled some of the hair from my head and my beard, and sat down appalled. 4 Then everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel on account of the unfaithfulness of the exiles gathered to me, and I sat appalled until the evening offering.
10 Now while Ezra was praying and making confession, weeping and prostrating himself before the house of God, a very large assembly, men, women and children, gathered to him from Israel; for the people wept bitterly.2 Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, said to Ezra, “We have been unfaithful to our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land; yet now there is hope for Israel in spite of this. 3 So now let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives and their children, according to the counsel of my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.
Uh… couldn’t you just get rid of any idols you found and just worship God according to the Law… what? Oh… you’re going to divorce your wives and abandon any children you’ve fathered with them. Well, that is a solution, I suppose.
Remember this tale when folks talk about the bible’s family values, and remind them that on at least one occasion, those family values included divorcing your wife and abandoning your kids.
Come to think of it, maybe Newt Gingrich isn’t a hypocrite.