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Nothing Is Unforgivable

posted at 8:33 am on October 8, 2009 by

Apparently.

One of the many blights of our time is that if some public figure or another (be it a politician, actor, celebrity or any other miscellaneous useless cretin) makes a big show of apologizing for past sins, then they are usually granted fairly immediate forgiveness by the press, on behalf of the public.

Look!, they whimper: this shows that they are human after all, and we should love them for it.

In fact, some politicians actively seek the opportunity to act out such a cringing display of false repentance, knowing that it could well led to a bounce in the polls.  This is the ultimate in calculated cynicism, with people deliberately aiming to benefit from actions for which they should more properly be castigated, if not punished.

Taking this theme to an all-time high, and likely to be the exception that proves the rule because this one is so heinous, is Frederic Mitterand.  Not only is he French, but he is also the nephew of the late former Prime Minister of France, Francois Mitterand.

Freddy is currently France’s culture minister, a position that he holds despite his well-publicized penchant for kiddie-fiddling.

I kid you not.  In his 2005 autobiography The Bad Life, Freddy wrote that,

I got into the habit of paying for boys… All these rituals of the market for youths, the slave market excite me enormously… One could judge this abominable spectacle from a moral standpoint but it pleases me beyond the reasonable… The profusion of very attractive and immediately available young boys puts me in a state of desire that I no longer need to hinder nor hide… as I know that I will not be refused.

That was four years ago!  He confessed to this in print!  How could he then be given another position of authority?

And he’s only in the sh*t now as the daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the leader of France’s abhorrent National Front party, went on a political chat show on Monday and read excerpts of his autobiography to a bewildered audience.  So it’s not only the Obama administration that does such an awesome job of vetting its officials.

Finally, two very predictable epilogues to this sordid tale so far: (1) Ignoring the fact that he’s a pedophile, Freddy has brazenly claimed that,

If the National Front drag[s] me through the mud then it is an honour for me.

And (2) he’s emerged as one of the most vociferous defenders of Roman Polanski.

Of course.

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It is interesting to watch the path the western world took from aristocracy back in the 1700s to embrace it again now.

Our elites can get away with almost anything because the same rules do not apply to them, and as you point out the media applauds and enables it.

I don’t understand how the populace as a whole puts up with it.

If Marie Antoinette was alive today, the media would be applauding her for her sense of style and toned arms.

18-1 on October 8, 2009 at 9:58 AM

18-1, you draw a great parallel between the two eras, and the Marie Antoinette analogy is particularly apt.

Moral relativism, and the refusal condemn people for their decisions and behavior, is a curse.

Track-A-'Crat on October 8, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Track: Two things. When I first looked at that picture, I thought it was Fred Thompson. Second, if repenting for a really despicable act wins you public adoration, what do you get for repeatedly apologizing for your country’s sins as a whole, especially while standing on foreign soil? Fries, I imagine.

Howard Portnoy on October 8, 2009 at 2:43 PM

This idea that everything deserves forgiveness is a misrepresentation of Christianity. We are constantly being told how full of forgiveness Jesus was and that we are hypocrites for not being just like him. The truth is that Jesus always asked for repentance along with granting forgiveness. You have to know you have sinned, desire not to repeat the sin and ask for forgiveness. Those of us observing this need to step back and let time prove how sincere the repentance truly is and not get caught up in the desire to be “tolerant” and “accepting”.

texabama on October 8, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Howard – heh, like it. Barry deserves chili fries, at least, though.

texabama – thank you for that, a far more thoughtful definition of what forgiveness should entail, both from those asking for it and those granting it (insofar as we can). The asking part is all the rage, but the repentance part not so much, unfortunately.

Track-A-'Crat on October 8, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Barry deserves chili fries, at least, though.

But he’ll eat them with French mustard, which spoils the picture.

Howard Portnoy on October 8, 2009 at 3:29 PM