Not Insulting?

September 05, 2006

Newt Gingrich does not seem to understand the definition of “insulting.” While on Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes show the other day, Gingrich said he agreed with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld “that critics of the Iraq war are tantamount to Hitler’s appeasers.” When told by Alan Colmes that such a comparasion was “insulting,” Gingrich declared, “It’s not an insulting comment.”

Really? Who would not be insulted to be compared to Hitler (other than neo-Nazis whom Rumsfeld and Gingrich were not referring to)? Of course it is insulting. If it were not, they would not use it to describe their critics and political enemies. Maybe if Gingrich was referring to his mother or best friend he could claim he meant it as a term of endearment. But when he was using it to describe his opponents he meant it as an insult because it is insulting.

It is time to stop the pointless and overly inflammatory insults. And it is time to be honest. Hopefully Christians will not join in using such insulting language.