As readers of this blog will know, I have been keeping an eye out for the way the Giuliani campaign will handle his three marriages in light of "family values" notions of the religious right.
In an interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcast Network posted on line on Friday (I found only this video version), it turns out that Giuliani has a special affinity for the story of Jesus and the woman taken in adultery in John's gospel.
"I'm guided very, very often about, `Don't judge others, lest you be judged,'" Giuliani told CBN interviewer David Brody. "I'm guided a lot by the story of the woman that was going to be stoned, and Jesus put the stones down and said, 'He that hasn't sinned, cast the first stone,' and everybody disappeared.
"It seems like nowadays in America, we have people that think they could've passed that test," he said. "And I don't think anybody could've passed that test but Jesus."
The AP points out some differences between Giuliani's version and the biblical text:
In the New Testament story, related in the Gospel of John, Jesus does not actually hold stones. The Pharisees bring Jesus a woman charged with adultery, reminding him the punishment for adultery is stoning. They are testing Jesus in an effort to charge him with breaking the law.
The Gospel reads: "But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, 'Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.'
"... And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders."
The Daily News puts it this way:-
Rudy Giuliani has a response for critics who find fault in his personal life: "He that hasn't sinned, cast the first stone."
I'd like to know which aspects of his life Giuliani regards as sinful. Or is this line just a useful response to silence critics? It avoids specific details of his personal life including his divorce from second wife Donna Hanover.
Here's how the LA Times describes it: Giuliani riveted New York City when, while still mayor, he announced during a 2000 news conference that his second marriage was over -- before telling his then-wife, Donna Hanover. Hanover later asked a judge to bar Giuliani from bringing his girlfriend (and now wife) to the New York mayor's official residence, Gracie Mansion, while the family still lived there.
According to the LA times, he's made inroads into the gender gap since June. A Gallup Poll released Friday shows a radical shift in the landscape, with Giuliani enjoying slightly more support among women than men, 34% to 31%.
Meantime, the Wall Street Journal just thinks that Guiliani is weird.