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From time to time we curse like the swarthiest of sailors here at FITS, but we do at least have the good sense not to go all “f*ckity f*ck” on the Bible Thumpers with whom we come in contact.

Sure we mock the Palmetto State’s religious right a good bit (and with good reason), but we respect them enough not to drop F-bombs all over them. Oh … and when they roll out substantive fiscal policy, we give them their due.

Who isn’t as respectful of our state’s Jesus lovers?

S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) director Lillian Koller, apparently. According to multiple sources, Koller and her staff “held a meeting with faith based community” advocates last week during which the leader of the state’s welfare agency “was foul mouthed and cursed.”

In fact, things got so bad that representatives of the agency were forced to call several of the faith-based leaders afterward and apologize. A spokesman for the agency confirmed that a meeting took place, but was not immediately available to comment regarding its outcome.

Presumably this meeting was held in response to a pair of stories that we published over the holidays regarding allegations that a member of Haley’s cabinet (presumed to be Koller) is a “practicing homosexual atheist.”

(Click here and here to read those reports).

Why do those reports matter? They don’t, really … except they could have an impact on Haley’s relationship with certain members of the S.C. General Assembly. Specifically, one State Senator tells FITS that Haley’s office lied about the sexual orientation of one of its cabinet members a year ago prior to this individual’s confirmation hearings

If true, that would obviously be in keeping with Haley’s habit of lying to lawmakers … and, well … lying in general.

Frankly we don’t care if Koller prefers the taco or the sausage (or both). Or if she is an atheist. Or if she curses. Just as there is no straight, Christian way to watch out for taxpayers, there is no gay, potty-mouthed way to sell them down the river.

We’ll judge Koller by the numbers, period.

Speaking of, if you’re keeping score at home, Koller’s agency received $119.2 million in state funds this year to manage the distribution of more than $2.1 billion in federal social welfare funds earmarked for the state.

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