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May 03, 2005

John still wants Jennifer

From FoxNews:

When runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks (search) made her way home after running away last week, John Mason was waiting to give something to his fiancée.

"The first thing I gave to her when I saw her was her diamond back. ... She put it right on her finger," Mason told FOX News' Sean Hannity in an exclusive interview to be broadcast Monday at 9 p.m. EDT....

"'Cause we haven't walked down the aisle, just because we haven't stood in front of 500 people and said our I dos, you know, my commitment before God to her was the day I bought that ring and put it on her finger and I'm not backing down from that now," Mason told Hannity.

Some people are being a bit hard on Jennifer, and surprisingly John as well. Why is it so hard to understand that there are some nice, well-meaning, but flaky people out there. I know I've met plenty of them. So what? Is what she did any worse than getting stone drunk and doing things you really hope you never find out about? Seems to me a lot of people do stuff like that all the time.

Kevin at Wizbang rakes both Jennifer and John, calling him a “low-watt husband-to-be”. Clark Smith at Calblog calls him “A devoted idiot”. La Shawn Barber calls Jennifer a “nitwit bride-to-be” and “whiny”. Kate at Original Musings really rakes Jennifer over the coals, accusing her of planning the whole thing. In their myopic worldview, void of consideration that other may choose to live differently than they do, many reporters assumed that since both John and Jennifer spent time together in his house -- they were living together (John Mason explains here). David Bayly gets caught by this and accuses them as well as their church of hypocrisy. Jim at Stones Cry Out makes the same mistake.

Now for the good guys. Rick at Brutally Honest admires John's devotion and commitment. I do, too. Jim at Stones Cry Out thinks Jennifer's been punished enough. She did lie to the police, and that really shouldn't be overlooked, but in all honesty she's being punished by the contempt of so many people that anything the police could do to her would pale in comparison.

Rodney Olsen has the best take I've seen:

I've been gobsmacked by the reposnse [sic] of some Christians to the faked abduction in the U.S. of bride to be, Jennifer Wilbanks. ... What Jennifer did was stupid and irresponsible and it seems that a lot of people want to see her prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Several Christian bloggers have been championing the cause of teaching her a lesson she'll never forget. ... I'm wondering if I'm missing something because I see things quite a bit differently. Am I just being idealistic and naive? Am I taking scripture too literally? ... I see Jesus reaching out to her with compassion, knowing that she is confused and hurt. She may not deserve that kind of treatment but thankfully the Jesus I know doesn't treat us how we deserve to be treated.

I'm familiar with the type of person Jennifer appears to be. Some people are physically weak, some are mentally weak and some are emotionally weak. She seems to me to belong to the last group. No one can really be blamed for their weakness, it's just what they've been given. If they are fortunate, someone who is emotionally weak will find someone to marry who will take care of them. It seems like Jennifer has. But another thing I know about this type of person is that they are extremely susceptible to the opinions of others. To them, someone thinking bad of them is like a slap in the face. Imagine millions of people waiting in line to slap you in the face. That's what she's going through right now.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 3, 2005 10:25 AM

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