I’ve had a very interesting conversation on Facebook with some of my liberal friends over their outrage of Rush Limbaugh calling a college student a slut. They were incensed that Limbaugh would degrade a college student in that way because they believed had some effect as a “newsman.”
I questioned them stating that Limbaugh was a newsman no more than Howard Stern was a newsman and countered by asking them where was the equal outrage for a Huffington Post writer mocking Catholics by calling the Jesus-Eaters?
They quickly dimsissed my supposition as being apples and oranges. Limbaugh’s words were unforgivable because of his standing in the conversative community, but the HuffPo writer’s words were okay because it was in an editorial and meant as a joke.
Let me get this straight; offending one of the core tenets of Catholicism in humor is okay, but offending a single college student is not?
What surprised me was how the conversation continued and that I was the only one who felt both statements were unacceptable. I followed with, in perspective, offending one’s beliefs is worse than offending a person. I stated “Disparaging the core tenets of someone’s faith, even in comedy, is monumentally worse than calling someone a slut.”
They couldn’t believe my response. One replied “Wow. Just wow.” Another followed by “Agreed. That says a lot about a person.”
Yeah, it says that I put offending God on a higher level than offending one of his creation. They couldn’t grasp that concept nor would any of them ever admit that the Jesus-Eating statement was also offensive.
This is why political correctness is really intolerant tolerance. I must tolerate opposing viewpoints, but they are intolerant of mine.
They find Rush Limbaugh offensive, yet not Bill Maher, who calls all Christians morons? Somehow, offensive statements under the auspices of comedy are okay? So, if Limbaugh said he was just joking, they’d let it go? I think not.
Civil discourse in this country is at an all time low.
The fact is that liberals and conservatives want the same thing. Everybody wants the poor to have access to medical care. Everybody wants the needy to be helped. Everybody wants their children to have a better life than they did. Everybody wants the government to stay out of the most important aspects of their lives.
The differences are how to reach those goals. Liberals generally want the government to solve the problems while conservatives want individuals to do it.
But, if we can’t even agree that calling someone a slut is at least as offensive as calling a Catholic a Jesus-eater, then we’ll never be able to solve the really important issues that are facing this country.
We have such a long way to go.