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Not Very Christian - Patricia Heaton's Tweets Turn the Heat On Sandra Fluke

By March 8, 2012

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Like most people who are curious about how others live and think, I love a good debate. Especially when the participants can passionately argue their case without putdowns, demeaning language, swearing and/or nastiness. I've also learned a great deal from friends whose views are diametrically opposed to mine. But this can only happen when mutual respect underlies the conversation.

Patricia Heaton

One prominent conservative woman in Hollywood I've written about is Patricia Heaton. You can't help but feel empathy for her when she discusses how her upfront Christian views have lost her jobs and acting roles. So I found myself deeply disappointed when I learned about her tweets attacking Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke. They weren't just digs -- they were crude insults in the same vein and tone as Limbaugh's comments.

Heaton's reputation has surely suffered as a result. To see one woman target another with such deliberate viciousness was sad and unexpected. I expected better from her. Although she apologized and later deleted her insults, apologies don't erase the ugliness of her words. Even she admitted, "I was not showing Christ's love."

The Daily Beast has the whole story plus the screen shots of her original tweets as they appeared on Twitter. If you can't quite make out the fine print, Mix106.5FM has a transcript of the deleted tweets.

Even the most charitable among us has been stirred up by this controversy and tempers are running hot. The lesson behind Heaton's mistakes -- if you lose your head, don't lose your integrity as well.

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Comments

March 9, 2012 at 2:02 am
(1) summyer says:

Your kindness toward P. Heaton is a testament to your generosity of spirit. I believe that P. Heaton, over the years has deluded herself into believing that she has lost jobs due to her Christianity. This latest rant is not the first time that she has spewed hateful, vitriolic words at people and then had to publicly apologize. I believe it is because her life is a lie and people can not and do not believe her apologies. The public rants are the ones we hear; it makes it difficult to believe her private relationships would be any less hateful. Claiming to be a Christian does not make a person so. Choosing which of her Catholic faith’s tenants to follow (ie: divorce, birth control, etc.) to suit her convenience makes her, in my opinion, a person false to herself and her religion. It surely disqualifies her to judge another’s choices in life. I pity such an unhappy, angry, undisciplined woman.

March 9, 2012 at 5:18 am
(2) Yergo says:

Totally agree with summmyer–there’s already plenty of hate to go around, and people like Rush and Potty-Mouth Patty are using their celebrity to spread more of it. She and other individuals like Ms. Fluke are entitled to their own opinions, but we live in a civilized society where hateful, hurtful comments should not be tolerated. Patricia and Rush’s hate should NOT be tolerated.

March 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm
(3) madmonkey says:

She obviously didn’t even read Ms. Fluke’s testimony, just automatically believed the lies Rush spouted off about her like a good little Republican ditto head. Ms. Heaton has a big mouth, dim intellect, and a persecution complex when it comes to her “Christian” views.

May 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm
(4) Benjamin says:

When a liberal, left-wing or atheist bashes Christians it’s just freedom of speech. When a Christian or republican says anything opposing the liberal, left-wing or atheist view, it’s called Hate speech, “Shocking” and is featured in every newspaper around in America.

Such amazing double standards. You point a finger and 5 are pointing back at ya!

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