Skip to comments.Praying for Miss O’Donnell
Posted on 10/30/2010 4:23:05 AM PDT by GonzoII
by Joe Hargrave
As I have indicated, I will be happy when dozens of Democrats are swept out of office on Tuesday, and happier still to have played some small part with my vote. Of all the Tea Party challengers, there is one in particular for whom I am praying for victory, and that is Christine ODonnell. The victory of this outspoken woman who has made no secret of her Christian faith would be icing on the cake as far as Im concerned. This is all the more true in light of the Gawker scandal that has erupted in the last few days. For those who havent heard about it, this site published an anonymous account by a man who claims to have had a one-night stand with ODonnell exactly three Halloweens past.
This absolutely appalling and slanderous piece has been universally condemned on the right and the left, in fact, though the subsequent rationalizations follow from what I would call a left-libertine view of things, for as they state, referring to the alleged incident itself,
Much of the criticism leveled against us is based on the premise that we think hopping into bed, naked and drunk, with men or women whenever one wants is “slutty,” and that therefore our publication of Anonymous’ story was intended to diminish O’Donnell on those terms. Any reader of this site ought to rather quickly gather that we are in fact avid supporters of hopping into bed, naked and drunk, with men or women that one has just met.
They proceed to clarify:
Our problem with O’Donnelland the reason that the information we published about her is relevantis that she has repeatedly described herself and her beliefs in terms that suggest that there is something wrong with hopping into bed, naked and drunk, with a man or woman whom one has just met. So that fact that she behaves that way, while publicly condemning similar behavior, in the context of an attempt to win a seat in the United States Senate, is a story we thought people might like to know about.
And they repeat variations on this theme ad nauseum throughout the rest of the piece.
Strange as it may seem, however, I believe that this notion was sincerely held by the editors of this publication. It is reflective of their own moral confusion, which in turn is reflective of the moral confusion that runs rampant throughout our society. And for those readers may find it puzzling that I would refer to the moral confusion of these editors when it appears that it is ODonnell who is morally confused, I will explain why.
It is certainly true that Christ admonishes the hypocrite who denounces the sins of another while being guilty of the same thing:
Or how canst thou say to thy brother: Brother, let me pull the mote out of thy eye, when thou thyself seest not the beam in thy own eye? Hypocrite, cast first the beam out of thy own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to take out the mote from thy brother’s eye. (Luke 6:42)
However, there are a couple of things to bear in mind. First, Christ is speaking about a person who is speaking to his brother, that is, a person who is a part of their community, one individual to another, one equal to another. Christine ODonnell, on the other hand, has made very general statements about basic Christian truths regarding sexuality, and as far as I can tell from her public statements, has never judged anyone personally or even spoken of sinners in a general and derogatory sort of way, though her comments about homosexuals were interpreted that way of course, so is the teaching on homosexuality of the Catholic Church, so no surprise there. Secondly, Christ is speaking of a person who cannot see their own faults; once a person does see them, however, it is plausible that he might be able to point out anothers sin.
This is a perfectly sensible teaching, if you consider it. If we were to apply the logic of Gawkers editors consistently, a mother who had succumb to a drug-addiction would have no moral grounds to try and prevent her children from taking dangerous drugs: this would make her a hypocrite. A father with a sex addiction would have no grounds to try and prevent his teenage daughter from going into pornography or becoming a prostitute: this would make him a hypocrite. A man with a gambling problem would not be able to counsel a friend against betting his whole paycheck at the blackjack table, a woman with 10 cats would be in no position to warn a friend that perhaps 5 is too many, and so on, and so forth.
But we can see that in each of these cases, it is possible, likely even, that ones experience with the vice or problem puts them in an excellent position to speak on it. Now if any of these hypothetical addicts were completely blind and obstinate in their follies, it would be outrageous for them to tell others that they shouldnt emulate them. But most people with problems such as these suffer deeply, and even if they have not been able to escape from them, they are moved by compassion even in their degraded state to do what they can to prevent others from following them. How many motivational speakers are themselves barely recovered from the problem that they now speak to high school students about? How many of them slip back into the problem?
None of this, of course, is to suggest that Christine ODonnell is some sort of alcoholic sex-addict, far from it. But a problem need not rise to the level of habit and obsession to make an impact on ones life. Perhaps we Christians sometimes take for granted the truth that all are sinners, but Christians who are conscious of their faith, as ODonnell appears to be, are surely aware of it. Assuming that the story is true or at least true in part, though I presume innocence until guilt is proven it is quite possible that she regrets it, as many do regret such things. And to the contrary of the editorial rationalization, it would be wrong if Christine were to stop speaking out against sexual immorality as a public figure.
For in the final analysis, there are far worse things a person can be guilty of than hypocrisy, such as condoning and promoting behavior that is destructive to individuals and society, which this publication apparently does on a regular basis. If it were morally necessary that every person who speaks out against immorality be a saint, there would hardly be a voice left in America to do so. All of us, especially in this age, and this time, struggle with sins within a cultural context that either laughs at the notion of sin or positively embraces it. It is exceedingly difficult to remain pure, but we may loose what little dignity remains if women such as Christine ODonnell are shamed into silence.
Thus my earnest prayers are with her, and I will toast her victory if God sees fit to grant it to her.
Our founding fathers actually had some type of background.
Well that’s good to know. I thought they weren’t experienced in a thing.
>> Her lack of any type of a background does not qualify her to be in the United States Senate.<<
That type of attitude is what got us the congress we now have in tyrannical control today. Hows that working out for you? Her focus on moral values, constitutional principles, and her truly mainstream struggles are exactly what we need as a base to qualify her to serve.
10 Years of working in Washington and with legislators and legislation - 8 of those under Haley Barbour in the GOP = experience.
READ THE CONSTITUTION - SHE IS QUALIFIED!
She IS a citizen - she IS over 35 and can prove both!
Geesh... Being an incumbent is NOT a qualification!(since that is the only thing you seem to appreciate)
Where have you been?
>>>Like I said, I expect MORE from my GOP candidates.<<<
Ahhh, like Jeffords, Snowe, Collins, Specter, Graham, McLame, Castle, etc., etc..... Sure ya do.....
You seriously think Coons is a choice? You know, the ‘lawyer’ who wonders if Christine supports the Constitution of 1902, 1920, 1930, 1980.... The one that Hanoi Kerry, Buck O’Fama and Joe ‘Bite Me’ support and came to Delaware to campaign for... Geeeeeeesh! You sure have a lousy sense of reasoning.
Nice.. I Hope and pray she WINS..
“Her lack of any type of a background does not qualify her to be in the United States Senate.”
“Any type of background?” C’mon, even if partially true, there are at least 50 or 60 up there right now that would fit that mold when they were elected and became career leach politicians. I would certainly trust her to do the right thing more than I trust the current pack of weasels up there. Unfortunately, I’m afraid she’s history as far as this election goes.
So far, Christine has triumphed and survived it all. There's little more for her to do.
Now, it's in the hands of the Lord.
>>>Wow shes cute...:)<<<
Yep, cute as a speckled pup,
Smart as a whip -
and Conservative to the core!
>>>Unfortunately, Im afraid shes history as far as this election goes.<<<
Fear not - Groundswell is GREAT!
Got my hands squashing (converting) the last few liberal Texans we have left. Read some about her, but that was the first picture that I happened to notice of her.
Pretty hot if you ask me.....
Of course, yes. Hot. But we don’t like to use the hot word apparently.
Gee. Spoken like a true establishment elitist. No wonder you're a Romney_Lady. Keep exposing your lack of qualification to be on FR.
Second, you denigrate fellow Catholics by attempting to justify your snarky comment with a sanctimonious and unconvincing 'prayer'.
Lastly, you reveal your true colors which are not particularly conservative and which make one wonder whether youre lining up a new home on the Internet.
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