This story could almost be funny - if it weren't for the fact that it is so sad, disgusting, and predictable.
Marilyn Davenport, a Tea Party activist and elected member of the Republican Central Committee of Orange County, California, has learned the hard way that in our modern world there is no such thing as a "private" email. Marilyn got one of those funny pass-around emails in her inbox, and it was just so hilarious that she had to share it with friends. It was a "birther" email and very racist. Soon her private correspondence found its way into the public domain, and now Marilyn is apologizing ad infinitum, and is undoubtedly very sincere in her regret over having been caught.
The email has been all over the Internet news sources today. It is one of those sophomoric things that were very common among the racist rabble a few years back when it started to dawn on them that Barack Obama might actually become President of the United States. The email is basically a doctored photo of a family of chimpanzees sitting for a formal portrait. Present on the photographer's bench are Papa Chimpanzee, Mama Chimpanzee, and Baby Chimpanzee - and someone has cleverly photo-shopped President Obama's face over that of Baby Chimpanzee. The caption reads: "Now you know why no birth certificate."
Yuck, yuck! That Marilyn is a real card, ain't she!
With the California NAACP demanding an apology (which she issued) and her resignation or dismissal from the Orange County Republican Central Committee (which she is resisting), Ms. Davenport has vowed to not repeat her error. In explaining her temporary lack of good judgment and basic human decency, she invoked ...wait for it... Christianity! Her statement said in part: "I am an imperfect Christian lady who tries her best to live a Christ-like, honoring life."
Somehow I knew that a racist, birther, teabagger, Republican from one of the most conservative counties in the America just had to be a good Christian!