No, It’s Not Time To Forgive Todd Akin

Just for the sake of balance, let me say that I agree with Amy Tennery’s conclusion but not her rationale:

We can’t forgive Akin because there are people (lots of them, in fact) who still don’t understand what he said is fundamentally wrong.

Forgiveness should be based on sincere remorse (which Akin hasn’t shown, in my opinion), not on whether the effects of the offense have diminished to our liking.

Todd Akin Asks For "Forgiveness"

Todd Akin needs everyone’s (or at least Missouri’s) forgiveness for his terrible, unscientific comments about rape because he is not planning to heed the calls of GOP leaders and peers to drop out of his Senate race:

“The fact is, rape can lead to pregnancy… The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold. I ask for your forgiveness.”

I don’t think anyone is going to believe this. Akin’s record of redefining rape extends beyond this event. If he wanted to make a believable apology, he should have said “I accept that I was wrong”, not “I misspoke”.

Russian Orthodox Church Forgives Pussy Riot

”The church has been sometimes accused of not forgiving them,” the bearded and bespectacled cleric said. “We did forgive them from the very start. But such actions should be cut short by society and authorities.”

Just the way Jesus would have said it.

Via Jezebel