William B. Turner
The three big Christian winners on Twitter today are Laura Ingraham, Ted Nugent, and the ever popular Rick Santorum. You Christians have so much to be proud of.
The Laura Ingraham saga continues unabated. She shoved her pump down her throat earlier this week when she uttered a tweet sniping at Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg, who made the rookie mistake of lamenting in public that four of the universities he had applied to had rejected him. Any compassionate adult would have offered sympathy and encouragement to any disappointed high school student in that situation, but especially to one who recently survived a shooting.
Not good Christian, Laura Ingraham. Being a good “conservative,” who must defend the absurdly absolutist interpretation of the Second Amendment as propounded by the high priests of “conservatism” at the NRA, she saw a golden opportunity to get in a dig at a young man who has recently and unexpectedly become one of the new faces of gun control advocacy in the United States.
David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA…totally predictable given acceptance rates.) https://t.co/wflA4hWHXY
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 28, 2018
The backlash has been predictable and swift. Just as any thinking person found grotesque and indefensible leading “conservative” provocateur Rush Limbaugh’s calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” during the debate about requiring coverage of contraceptives in health insurance plans, so sensible people all over the republic were horrified at Ingraham’s petty, mean-spirited attack on a high school student. The list of advertisers who have abandoned her show is growing by the day. Ingraham has announced that she will take a week of vacation, which she claims to have planned before she created a firestorm.
She has issued a half-hearted apology, “in the spirit of Holy Week,” because she knows there is no better way to hide one’s mistakes and obfuscate in the United States than to hide behind one’s Christian faith. That the tweet that started the whole fight is still up on Twitter makes her apology ring quite hollow.
Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA —incl. @DavidHogg111. On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland. For the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David…(1/2)
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 29, 2018
She’s a Christian winner.
Because the official, public position of prominent, politically involved Christians in the United States towards any form of gun control is bloody minded opposition, and because he is a leading figure in the bloody minded opposition to gun control movement, Ted Nugent had to chime in about the recent visibility of high school students from Florida advocating gun control after one of their number killed a several of his fellow students.
The Drudge Report (!) offered a story about how Ted watched video of the students from Parkland, the town in Florida where the school shooting occurred. Everyone’s favorite 1970s rock’n’roll has been was unsparing in his criticism of the students, calling them “pathetic” and “liars.” Worst of all, according to Ted, “they have no souls,” and their policy position is “soulless.”
NRA board member Ted Nugent on the Parkland student activists: "These poor children, I’m afraid to say this and it hurts me to say this, but the evidence is irrefutable, they have no soul." https://t.co/2TdiOwMgNW
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) March 31, 2018
He’s a Christian winner.
Then everyone’s favorite Christian “conservative” former Senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum, offered the oh so helpful suggestion that Parkland students, instead of protesting, should “learn CPR,” which elicited any number of interesting ripostes, including at least one surgeon who explained that gun shot victims are often well beyond CPR stage when they get to the emergency room.
— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) March 25, 2018