Last year when places like Joplin Missouri were destroyed by tornado, President Obama was off in his ancestral Ireland enjoying a pint o’ beer. Polemicist Laura Ingraham espoused her view that the nation would be better served by the President were he here.
For that rather gentle criticism, leftist MSNBC TV host Ed Shultz called Laura a “slut.” Twice. Sandra Fluke didn’t complain about it once. I don’t recall days on end of TV coverage about it either, nor do I recall every politician being asked if he or she agreed with Ed.
President Obama has called Sandra Fluke, for what purpose I don’t know, but he showed no such purpose toward Laura Ingraham, as she tweeted today that she still awaits the President’s call.
I’ll make an interesting note, and then leave it at that: The topic Ed Shultz was commenting on had nothing to do with sex. Accordingly, he was just being downright mean in the worst possible way when he called Laura a slut. Rush’s comment at least had context. The insulting slang word (whether you agree or not) for a woman who has sex outside of marriage is slut. Fluke was commenting favorably about sex outside of marriage. Calling her a slut comes down to matters of both applicability and taste. Context in relation to the topic is beyond refutation.
Let me say this about Ed Shultz – I remember his public apology to Laura and it was one of the best I had ever heard. It was impressive.
Now, I’ll admit to being a pushover for apologies. While I’m no perfect Christian, I take the title a bit more seriously than it appears Sandra Fluke does. I hold, and we’ve had this conversation on Ricochet before, that forgiveness is OWED. After a person admits fault, expresses an intention not to do it again, does a penance and asks for forgiveness, forgiveness becomes an obligation of the Christian victim, not a prerogative.
Granted, the more serious the offense the more understandable it is for one to withhold forgiveness. Were someone to murder my child I would find it hard to forgive even if the murderer deserved it. But name calling? As a Christian you will find yourself in the position to forgive for that quite often, and to withhold forgiveness is not following the path that Jesus has shown us. At least that’s what we say every Sunday in Church when reciting the Lord’s prayer - you know that part that asks of the Lord “…and forgive us our trespasses, AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US” [emphasis supplied]. I presume there to be a Christian obligation to live that, not just recite it.
After Ed Shultz apologized, Laura Ingraham very quickly accepted. A Good Christian Belle, that Laura. There is a warm and sublime feeling that comes when letting a transgressor off the hook, and I bet Laura felt it.
Rush Limbaugh has publicly apologized to Sandra Fluke at least twice by my count. Yet I saw the soon to be barrister on television today stating that she won’t forgive Rush, even if he personally contacted her in private. She has completely forsaken this Christian obligation of forgiveness as publicly as she has forsaken the Catholic values against abortion, pre-marital sex and contraception held by the Catholic University with which she has affiliated herself. Hey I’m not judging her. Even one of the 12 Apostles ended up confused about his commitment to Christ.
I read her Congressional testimony. While at one point Fluke discusses birth control pills as medication for ovarian cysts, she makes quite clear she was chiefly testifying before Congress on behalf of women who wish to have sex with men they don’t want to have babies with, nor pay out of pocket for that selfish hobby. There are words to describe those women. Which one you politely choose, be it pro or con, does not change the nature of their behavior.
Sticks and stones my break my bones, but words will never hurt Laura Ingraham. Apparently words so deeply scar Sandra Fluke she is willing to throw away the Christian joy of forgiveness to retain the Devil's burn of hatred.