Update on Monique Davis
Illinois Representative Monique Davis, whose Christian witness has been forever tainted by misplaced remarks about atheists and atheism, has done what a Christian should do in her shoes–she apologized. Instead of a public apology, Representative Davis apologized directly to the one she offended.
Personally, I think that this shows great humility on Davis’s part. It shows that she knows that she was in the wrong.
But the apology isn’t enough for the atheists. VJack, bitter proprietor of Atheist Revolution, led the charge in the blogosphere:
Initially, I thought I could join Rob Sherman in agreeing to forgive Rep. Davis. I have certainly said things I later regretted when under periods of great stress. Then again, I would expect to face consequences for public expressions of bigotry, regardless of how much stress I was experiencing at the time. Like others, I am able to control my impulses and exercise reasonable judgment, even in periods of distress. Rep. Davis can believe what she wants, but even if her expression was a stress-related lapse in judgment, I’m not sure how this excuses it.
The American Humanist Association says:
“As far as we know, the only source for this alleged April 9 apology is the Web site of the immediate victim. It hasn’t been corroborated or confirmed,” declared Mel Lipman, president of the American Humanist Association. “Moreover, even if confirmed, the apology was only private. That just isn’t good enough.” (source)
So, let me get this straight: even though Representative Davis has done what no atheist thought she would do and apologized for her tirade, this isn’t good enough for them? I have to wonder what they really want here.
I’m forced to think that Davis’s resignation is the only thing that would really please the atheist crowd. Even so, I have to wonder if they still wouldn’t find some fault with even her resignation.
Posted on April 12, 2008, in Apologetics and tagged atheism. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.
I would be thrilled with her resignation. She is a bigot, and I cannot imagine the people of Chicago want to be represented by a bigot. However, I do not expect this to happen and am not holding out for it.
I would have been and would still be perfectly satisfied with a public apology to the atheists in her district. Remember, she was not acting as a private citizen but as an elected official who is supposed to represent the people in her district, including the atheists. Her apology to Sherman was a good thing. Now she needs to issue a public apology. I would expect the same if she had stood up in the house and said what she said about Christians, Jews, Muslims, or any other group.