Texas State Representative Jonathan Stickland bills himself as a “Christian Conservative Liberty Loving Republican” in his Twitter biography. If that’s the case, he’s really got some explaining to do.
Representative Stickland has a primary opponent, Pastor Scott Fisher. Pastor Fisher recently revealed old online comments which Stickland had made, including:
- “Rape is non existent in marriage, take what you want my friend!”
- In regards to a drug test he had to take for work: “They are stupid for doing this to me. I am the residential manager. Lead company in sales every month and now we will see how they respond…I smoke weed MAYBE 2-3 times a year?” According to Stickland, the drug test was coming days after he had a “few glorious rips from a blunt.”
- Commented on how he bought a “detox drink” and was trying to hide it from his wife
- Commented that he was looking for a “smoke buddy” and gave his Email address for anyone interested.
Now, there are some important caveats here. Some of these comments are very old – from 2008 – so they were made 7-8 years ago. Even older are the comments where Stickland is looking for a “smoke buddy” – that’s from 2001, when Stickland was 17.
In comments to the Texas Observer, Stickland made the following statement:
I do not feel that way today. I can only repent and ask for forgiveness from the people it offended and hurt. Rape is serious and should never be joked about the way that I did regardless of my age.
The same article’s headline, I think, is perfect: “Johnathan Stickland’s Pot Antics are Comical. His Views on Rape are Terrifying.” I agree completely. Perhaps he has grown and come to realize the error of his ways…but these comments will, unquestionably, need to be explained.
What this does show, however, is how online comments made – even years and years ago – can come back to haunt you. This goes to show the importance of digital education, regardless of how old someone is.