Yes, it is an attack. Yes, it is political. Yes, it is to be expected.
If Deal Hudson had been forthright about his past in his "confessions" none of this would be news. There is a lesson here for all of us.
Be honest about your own sinfulness before you pick up the stones to cast at another. You likely will be putting the stone down before you throw it.
Be humble like the Savior you claim to follow. About this piece of advice, nothing seems to make faithful people angrier.
Show your scars, be repentant, and in your weakness God's power will amaze you.
We are all tempted to imitate Peter in the Garden by pulling our sword and lopping off the ear of the Temple guard, rather than Jesus. And we are likely to flee when Jesus does the unthinkable and heals the ear that we just lopped off. But then who were we following in the first place?