While trying to promote peace and justice throughout the United States, a Catholic social justice group called Nuns On The Bus have been threatened with a “pistol whipping.” On a radio show last week, host Jan Mickelson talked about the nuns recent protest of a conservative budget plan and asked his guest Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) if he has “any power to pull the nuns on the bus over and pistol whip them.”
Ha … ha?
One nun from Nuns On The Bus had a classy response. When asked whether she believes Jesus would agree with pistol whipping nuns on Monday’s “The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur,” Sister Diane Donoghue said:
I don’t even think he could have said those words, obviously. But more to the point, when you confront people, it’s one thing to disagree, it’s another thing to be violently reactive, and I think pistol whipping is a pretty violent response.
Many Christian-identified Republicans have criticized nuns for helping the poor and needy — you know, the way Jesus did (!) — while the Vatican believes the nuns have taken up “radical feminist themes” and should be spending their time opposing marriage equality and abortion. Sadly, now violent rhetoric is being used to oppose them — even if it’s jokingly. Remember these are nuns we are talking about.
That is troubling because disrespect towards women has been a common topic among Republican talk show hosts. A most recent example would be Rush Limbaugh, who verbally abused law student Sandra Fluke by calling her a “slut” and a “prostitute,” and commenting that she ought to post sex videos online after she testified before House Democrats about the limited coverage for birth control at her university.
Hey Jan Mickelson, before you open your mouth next time, why not ask yourself, What would Jesus do?
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