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the fugitive ideal of affection

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Jan 04, 2007

I confess the name Patricia Heaton was new to me (an actress, it turns out). The New York Times cocks an eyebrow over her pro-life politics. I got a kick out of the delicate phrasing of the last sentence:

It's also the woman who in 1998 became honorary co-chairwoman of Feminists for Life, a group whose goals include economic and social support for women who "refuse to choose" abortion. Ms. Heaton’s campus speeches and Washington lobbying resulted in the occasional snub from strangers (and the argumentative attention of friends like Mr. Boyle), but she managed to avoid the organized wrath of the left. More recently, however, she has found that the protective varnish of sitcom stardom degrades very quickly and that the ideal of affection, or even civility, among people who disagree is not widely upheld.

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  • Posted by: Andy K - Jan. 05, 2007 6:16 AM ET USA

    Dear Diogenes, I was more interested in why the Times refers to Ms. Heaton as "it" instead of "she" in the first sentence of the paragraph you quoted.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jan. 04, 2007 7:56 PM ET USA

    Patricia Heaton's acting was the only reason to watch that sorry excuse for a sitcom that ended a couple of years back. Oh, yeah, something about Raymond. . .

  • Posted by: - Jan. 04, 2007 1:09 PM ET USA

    Patricia is a beacon of light streaming out of the pernicious morass of Show-biz. The Times threat will not weaken her pro-life resolve and her Christian roots. However she can expect to work less, to be shunned and ridiculed even moreso by the rabid left. Ms. Heaton can be comforted however by Jesus beatitudes: " Blessed are ye when they shall revile you and persecute you and speak all that is evil against you, untruly for my sake. Be glad and rejoice for your reward is great heaven."

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