Spin, worth more than contrition.

Does spin never take a back seat with you, Mr. Akin?  Now you wish to further capitalize on your reprehensible comments about “legitimate rape” by running an advertisement that asks us to forgive you for using “the wrong words”?

You might gain some modicum of sympathy if you were contrite and asked for forgiveness for your stupidity, or simply for making such an appalling and callous remark.  Instead you reveal your true colors – you don’t give a hoot about the victims of rape – namely the women who are raped.  No, you are now apologizing for using the wrong words in the wrong way.  I notice Mr. Akin doesn’t say “I was wrong.”  No, it’s the words that were wrong – not Mr. Akin…

In his apology advert, Mr. Akin says “I have a compassionate heart for the victims of sexual assault. I pray for them.”  How generous!  Your prayers go a long way toward compensating them for the very real cost of the pregnancy and delivery (by the way, that is a cost in cold hard cash).  Your prayers go nearly as far in emotional reparations – in other words, precisely nowhere.

Later in the advert, Mr. Akin states “The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold. I ask for your forgiveness.”  Again, you lay the blame on the words, not the person speaking them.  As to your plea for forgiveness, this is my answer:-

To err is human, to forgive divine, since I am human you don’t get mine!

Mr. Akin, I don’t believe you are worthy of forgiveness until you acknowledge YOU are wrong – completely and utterly wrong.  Perhaps others see this the same way as me, perhaps not.  The polls will tell, and it’s pretty obvious the polls are the only thing you truly care about.

About C.G.Ayling

Musing misuser of words, lover of lyrical literature, author, occasional contrary thoughts. An honorable man’s name, in memoriam.
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