Ouch! Charles M. Blow is a New York Times columnist and the single dad of three ‘amazing’ children. When Mr. Blow watched the GOP debates Thursday, he got pretty pissed off at Mitt Romney talking about single-parent families having a higher risk of social problems (which is a fact, not his opinion). He was so pissed off that he tweeted a bigoted comment about Romney’s religion. On Friday morning, Blow tweeted an apology of sorts, but is it enough?
Blow’s tweet said, “Let me just say this Mitt “Muddle Mouth”: I’m a single parent and my kids are *amazing*! Stick that in your magic underwear. #CNNdebate”. There is no excuse for this. For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), their garments are a covenant with God. There is nothing ‘magic’ about it. Just as Jews wear a yarmulke, Sikhs wear a dastaar and more, members of the LDS Church wear sacred garments. If Mr. Blow had tweeted that a Sikh presidential candidate could ‘stick it in his magic turban,’ a half-hearted apology would not be accepted.
There is a fine line between not agreeing with someone’s religion and being a bigot. There is a large population in America that feels that religion should be banned and they attack people and groups that do not agree with them. When those people attack others in a vicious way, it should be addressed. When an ESPN writer used the phrase “chink in the armor” and got fired for it, it was all over the news. Where’s all the news on this? Is it because the writer is black, because he works for the New York Times, because it was said against a Mormon or maybe because Romney is a Republican? There are some very serious mixed messages going on here.
Charles M. Blow tweeted what was supposed to be an apology, “Btw, the comment I made about Mormonism during Wed.’s debate was inappropriate, and I regret it. I’m willing to admit that with no caveats.” This is not an apology. The New York Times has no plans do address Blow’s conduct. No surprise there. More and more, behavior that would put a conservative out of work is totally acceptable when it comes from the left. He doesn’t deserve to lose his job, but more should be done.
Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2012