Monday, September 20, 2010

One of these things is not like the other ... except where they are

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:

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
Then again, if you only know what you read in the newspapers or hear on the TV, you might have missed that.

Jimmy Carter in Playboy Magazine
Unless you remember the 1976 presidential election, when the Democrat nominee, Jimmy Carter, told Playboy magazine the same thing about lust and adultery:
"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.


  1. I think that you and I must have been posting similar articles at the same time, sir.

    I did not mention Jimmuh, though.

  2. Yep. Plus, your title matches a phrase I used. If that didn't just yell out for me to turn it into a link, I don't know what would.

  3. Was that link there when I commented? If it was, I am blind...

  4. No, it wasn't. Like you said, we posted at about the same time. And, like I said, it called out for a link.


  5. Okay, checking the time, yours actually went up around an hour before mine (your timestamp is CT, mine is ET).

    But, I began writing it around that same time. Only, I had to Google me some Carter articles until I found one I wanted to use. Then some O'Donnell articles. Then, teh Twitters started talking about that foosball game, so I had to turn on the TV...

    Anyway, it took me about an hour to write the darn thing. Unfortunately, there is no relationship between effort and results.

  6. I am Eastern, too, dude. Lexington, KY! Go UK!!!

    In basketball...

  7. You sure you changed your blog time zone to ET? I'd have sworn it was still set to CT.


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