So, Republican Christine O'Donnell is a crackpot because she said that masturbation is lust outside of marriage, and that is equivalent to adultery?
What she actually said was:
"Lust in your heart is committing adultery, and you can't masturbate without lust."Ever heard that part about lust and adultery before?
Sure you have. There is this little book called The Bible. Maybe you're familiar with it?
"Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:Then again, if you only know what you read in the newspapers or hear on the TV, you might have missed that.
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."
-- Matthew 5:27-28
Unless you remember the 1976 presidential election, when the Democrat nominee, Jimmy Carter, told Playboy magazine the same thing about lust and adultery:
|Jimmy Carter in Playboy Magazine|
"The Bible says, 'Thou shalt not commit adultery.' Christ said, I tell you that anyone who looks on a woman with lust has in his heart already committed adultery. I've looked on a lot of women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times..."Now, Carter did catch a lot of crap about that interview. Part was because he gave the interview to Playboy. Part because of what he said about lust and adultery.
He was the butt of jokes at the time. But, it didn't cost him the election. It actually helped him in the Bible Belt. The Playboy part didn't; the Bible quote did.
Will O'Donnell be hurt by the talk about masturbation, lust, and adultery? I don't know.
Is the media treating her fairly over it?
Well, I haven't seen any media outlet approach Jimmy Carter for a comment on O'Donnell. That silence says a lot.