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-Christians can be Offended Too? – The Dana Jacobson Debacle

by Dr. D ~ January 26th, 2008

ESPN recently suspended Dana Jacobson for dropping ‘F-bombs’ on Notre Dame U., ‘Touchdown Jesus’, and finally Jesus himself at a ‘roast’ in Atlantic City N.J.

Ms. Jacobson apologized for her inebriated over the top remarks:

“My remarks about Notre Dame were foolish and insensitive. I respect all religions and did not mean anything derogatory by my poorly chosen words. I won’t make excuses for my behavior, but I do hope I can be forgiven for such a poor lack of judgment.”

Meanwhile representative from the Christian Defense Coalition are demonstrating outside of ESPN headquarters and demanding that she be fired over the incident. Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition observed:

“Her comments are so outrageous and inflammatory that the only proper response for ESPN is to immediately release her.” …

“Imagine the outrage if Ms. Jacobson said, ‘F–k Mohammed,’ ‘F–k Jews,’ or ‘F–k African Americans.’ Although the faith community can forgive and extend mercy to Ms. Jacobson, she still must assume full responsibility and accept the consequences for her hate-filled rhetoric.”

Response: It has been ‘open season’ on Christians for a long time in the media and on a number of different fronts. Some might be tempted to say that enough is enough and I would agree. However, Christians need to be careful not to over react to situations like this where I believe the perpretrator has ruined her own reputation and credibility all by her self.

I am tired of all the foolish over-the-top Muslim responses to supposed slights and I hope that Christians and organizations like the CDC do not end up going over-the-top in our name in the future over slights and offenses like this that have little impact or lasting effects on the Christian community.

While it really does personally hurt to see the name of Jesus used that way, I say–save it all up for the stuff that really does matter. Save it for policies that adversely effect Christians in their daily life and in the public square.             *Top

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