It turns out that fundies don’t handle stress very well.

The Advocate reports that Jason Russell, the co-founder of Invisible Children, was arrested Thursday after allegedly vandalizing several cars and masturbating in the streets while possibly being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police Lt. Andra Brown said, “Due to the nature of the detention, he was not arrested. During the evaluation, we learned we probably needed to take him to a medical facility because of statements he was saying.”

What was his excuse?

“Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition,”  Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey said in a statement. “He is now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better. The past two weeks have taken a severe emotional toll on all of us, Jason especially, and that toll manifested itself in an unfortunate incident yesterday.”

What? I thought the booze would have quenched his thirst and hydrated him.

Russell is not the first to allege stress turns him into a sexual reprobate. (I miss the days when they claimed the devil made them do it)

  • In 2011, Newt Gingrich justified his affairs by claiming that he was working so hard for America and the monkey business was “partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country.”
  • In Sept. 2000 I photographed “ex-gay” activist John Paulk in a gay bar.  Focus on the Family, where Paulk worked, said the “ex-gay” knowingly pranced into Mr. P’s in Washington, DC to “relieve stress.”

Now we know the way to defeat our opponents. At the next Values Voter summit we should plan subversive ways to stress out the gathering and watch the event devolve into a giant orgy.

On a more serious note, the fundies really ought to save themselves some trouble by discovering Valium. Or maybe Pat Robertson will help legalize marijuana and it will help these folks relax.