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God Has Forgiven Spokane Mayor James West

Ph2005051101439Spokane Mayor James West sent an email to a private citizen that was mysteriously(!) leaked to the press on Friday. In the email, which West said he didn't want made public, the embattled Mayor said that he has changed his ways and that many people have been calling to give him encouragement, including former Boy Scouts!

Said West, "I appreciate your comments but like King David in the Bible I will be a better mayor now. I will be more focused and more driven to see this city succeed in all areas. My faith in Jesus Christ and the Lord tell me this will be done. This episode has done four good things for me so far and more are on the way. I have stopped a behavior I wanted to stop but couldn't do alone but didn't know how to ask for help to end."

The anti-gay Mayor has been under scrutiny for allegedly molesting underage boys in the 70's and offering city jobs to young men he met on He ends his email by saying, "God has forgiven me and that's all I need." Do I hear an echo in here?

Read the full text of the email at the Spokesman Review.

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  1. Wow, it's like gay people are given the choice to accept their sexuality or go fucking crazy. I think I made the right choice.

    Posted by: Flesh von Wintoor | Jun 13, 2005 4:17:26 PM

  2. You will go crazy if you do not accept who are and embrace it. In my mind being gay was not a choice accepting it was and boy am I glad I did.

    Posted by: Donald | Jun 13, 2005 4:59:34 PM

  3. Let's hear an "AMEN!"

    Posted by: Laurie Bell | Jun 13, 2005 8:12:22 PM

  4. What a personal Hell he must live in to behave in such away. To treat himself with such disrespect. And to think people believe non-heterosexual behavior is self destructive. How about not embracing yourself for whom and what you are. How about allowing yourself to lie to yourself and demand that those around you believe the lies too. The poor unfortunate fool. I think he was not hugged enough as a child.

    Posted by: Slate | Jun 13, 2005 11:14:32 PM

  5. Jeez....come on, that entire letter sounds completely contrived to save his ass. How convenient of such a personal letter to be "Leeked" to the press.

    Posted by: Patrick | Jun 13, 2005 11:41:32 PM

  6. It was really just a matter of time before this self-loathing toad played the Jesus card.

    Wasn't King David a homo too?

    Posted by: rudysdad | Jun 13, 2005 11:52:16 PM

  7. Jesus is the answer to everything...that's so comforting to me. Just knowing that if I pray hard enough all of the gay/bad behavior will no longer be there...that I'll never hunger for a meat stick again...please!! Are people really belieiving this guys crap?

    Does anyone really believe that going to church has made him a breeder? Someone on the City Council, or one of West's friends, really needs to wake this guy up, do an intervention and get him some badly needed therapy!

    When all of this started I was angry at this guy, but now I feel sorry for him, his family and the city he pretended to preside over. Get the guy some help and let's move on.

    Posted by: Wayne | Jun 14, 2005 8:35:41 AM

  8. Isnt it strange how these assholes ALWAYS find JESUS AFTER the fact? Criminals, and people like west? How come they dont find HIM before the fact? Go commit a crimal act, get caught, then find GOD and all is forgiven.. They make JESUS a scapegoat and I, for one, take exception to that. Hey west, you need to listen for the pop! (Thats the sound you'll hear if you ever pull your head out of your ass!)

    Posted by: lenniem | Jun 16, 2005 10:36:37 AM

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