Monday, April 9, 2007

Forgiveness now optional?

For the record I didn't have a clue who Don Imus was until this recent controversy. I had never listened to his show nor knew he even had a show. Apparently the guy is a little over the top. He went way over the top recently when he characterized the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos".

You can only imagine that this statement, this horribly stupid and inappropriate statement, has got a few people a little steamed. Two of the people he has ticked off include the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Imus went on Al Sharpton's radio show today (honestly who knew the guy had a radio show) and apologized. Imus probably didn't win himself many converters when Sharpton scoffed at his apology and Imus replied that "you can't win with you people."

I am not going to defend Imus or his comments. They were dumb and offensive and people have every right to be ticked off. What I find a little concerning is Sharpton's reluctance of forgiveness. The Kid isn't going to sugarcoat it. I haven't been to Church in awhile. But I am not absent of faith and I always believed and still do that the hallmark of the Christian faith is forgiveness.

Now granted some apologies are hollow. But can you really judge an apology initially or do you have to give it some time to judge the actions of the person to see how sincere they really are?

Can someone help me out? Isn't Christianity always stood for forgiving others for their sins and transgressions? Or has that now changed Rev. Jackson and Rev. Sharpton?

3 Comments:

Blogger Nölff said...

When neo-cons complain about Liberals or Hillary, or Dems in general, they will always bring this up.

Bigger fish to fry:
Limbaugh
Coulter
All of FOX
Pat Robertson
Mississippi
... etc

I'm not defending either but..

April 09, 2007  
Blogger Moulton said...

This one is a tempest in a ten-gallon hat.

Sure, his remarks were intemperate and ill-advised. But he picked up the phrase from the rap music culture. The same stations which have now put Imus on a 2-week Time Out also play those same rap song lyrics during the slower interludes in the broadcast day.

As to forgiveness, Imus in the Morning has never been billed as Imus in the Mourning. I doubt he is truly repentant, but he may pick his targets of comedic disdain a tad more carefully in the future.

Contrition is rare in public figures, and sincere contrition even rarer.

Which, I suppose, why forgiveness is rare, and genuine forgiveness even rarer.

April 10, 2007  
Blogger Aggie Blue said...

Don Imus and the State of Public Discourse -- http://poynter.org/column.asp?id=67&aid=121124

April 10, 2007  

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