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Sunday, March 04, 2012

Have We At Long Last No Decency?

More disconcerting than anything about Andrew Breitbart's death was the way people who opposed him said how friendly they were with him while publicly they were tearing each other apart. What is uncomfortable? The talking heads "entertained" us by fighting over important issues and then go out and have a couple of beers with him. The man was a bully who did hateful things. Can we support people who publicly disavow someone's hateful rhetoric and then when he dies, tell us what a nice guy he was. Oh, wait is this where you love the sinner and hate the sin? The biggest concern is the exploitation of and pandering to the lowest common denominator. It is even worse if Breitbart, in reality, had no ideology. People like Coulter and Limbaugh are also suspect of being the same. One can respect his family but one can hardly respect what he did and the virtual collusion of people who allegedly opposed him helped making that happen. This was not civilized political discourse and I we cannot pretend that it was. It is not civilized political discourse when Rush Limbaugh calls an intelligent and sincere young woman a “slut”.

President Obama on Friday placed a call to Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law school student at the heart of the debate over the contraception law, thanking her for speaking out on the issue. The call came a day after conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh demanded that Fluke release tapes of her having sex in exchange for the contraception that she argued should be covered by employers. Fluke was set to go on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports when the president rang her on her phone. She took the call while waiting in the green room.

"He encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of American women," she told Mitchell, who received permission from the White House to discuss the exchange between Fluke and Obama. "What was really personal for me was that he said to tell my parents that they should be proud. And that meant a lot because Rush Limbaugh questioned whether or not my family would be proud of me. So I just appreciated that very much."

In the meantime, Kirk Cameron on Piers Morgan had this to say: homosexuality was "unnatural". "I think that it's detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilisation," the born again Christian said. Cameron also criticized gay marriage and told Morgan he would not let his daughter have an abortion if she was raped. Piers Morgan told the entire world that Cameron was “brave” to say what he said, although “antiquated”—what Kirk Cameron said was divisive and added fuel to the fire of bigotry. Period.

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