Patricia Heaton, Hollywood conservative and Christian

Everybody loved Raymond, but we all really loved his wife, played by the insanely talented Patricia Heaton.   Now the Los Angeles Times looks at another side of Mrs. Barone:

Patricia Heaton‘s rush to support Rush Limbaugh this week shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has closely followed her rise as one of the most successful comedic actresses in Hollywood.

Heaton, a Twitter power-user who dubs her more than 69,000 followers “Tweatons,” used the social media platform to join Limbaugh in blasting Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke for speaking out in favor of President Obama’s proposal that health insurance provide free birth control.

A sample of Heaton’s Tweets, since deleted: “Hey G-Town Gal: If your parents have to pay for your birth control, maybe they should get a say in who you sleep with! Instant birth control!” and “G-Gal: you’ve given yer folks great gift for Mother’s/Father’s Day! Got up in front of whole world & said I’m having tons of sex- pay 4 it!”

The tweets followed Limbaugh’s comments calling Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” and have been criticized by some as a disturbing trend toward publicly shaming women who speak openly about sex and reproductive healthcare. Limbaugh has apologized, and so has Heaton.

[As part of her apologies to Fluke, Heaton tweeted that her actions were unbecoming to her faith:

"Tweatons...I crossed the line w/@SandraFluke. Don't agree w/her views, but I was not showing Christ's love."]

Many people were shocked by Heaton’s support of Limbaugh — but perhaps they shouldn’t have been.

Heaton is that rarest of Hollywood creatures: an outspoken Hollywood Christian and Republican.

Read more.

And watch an interview with her about her faith.

  • Eka

    It was charitable and appropriate of Patricia Heaton to apologize for not being Christ-like, however her criticisms of Ms. FLuke paled in comparison to Limbaugh’s grotesque name calling. Putting their comments in the same category is ridiculous in my opinion.
    Some think that what Ms. Fluke said was courageous…others think it was outrageous. I find myself in the category of the latter.
    Oh, and thanks Rush, for turning her into a hero.

  • pagansister

    Sad commentary to support a man who can get away with (almost) calling a woman the names he did and think it is acceptable. Of course he “apologized” as if I believe he did it for any reason other than to hope to hang onto sponsors. Imas called the players in a woman’s basketball team names and was forced off the air—Rush? No—he gets go continue insulting women—-that comment he made was totally uncalled for and IMO totally outrageous.

  • Deacon Greg Kandra

    But wait: there’s more.

    Someone pointed out on my FB page that Heaton never, in fact, “supported” Limbaugh. I Googled, and that seems to be accurate. She mocked Fluke, but it was unconnected to the Limbaugh controversy and Heaton never even mentioned Limbaugh.

    The LA Times — spoiler alert — got it wrong.

    I wonder if THEY will now apologize to Patricia Heaton…?

    Dcn. G.

  • http://jscafenette.com Manny

    I wonder if them trying to connect her with Rush was an attempt to deliberately smear her. Not that I would consider it a smear but I bey the LA crowd would.

  • http://jscafenette.com Manny

    God bless her. Doesn’t she seem more real than all those phony celebrities?

  • sjay

    In 2006, the New York Times published a sympathetic article on Heaton: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/31/theater/31gree.html?_r=1&pagewanted=1

  • pagansister

    Deacon, I’m glad to know that she didn’t support his (Rush) statement. Thanks for letting us know! :o)

  • kevin

    Rush made the mistake of momentarily descending to a point near the depths of where Bill Maher resides. He knows he was wrong and has said it. Still waiting for Maher to apologize for the things he called Sarah Palin. That guy should hope he never ends up in a room with Todd Palin.

    Has everyone learned by now that Ms. Fluke advocated in a law review article for the funding of sex change operations by employer insurance plans, as to do otherwise is discriminatory? It gave me a good laugh.

  • Barbara P

    I started to read the article not sure that I would like her – but by the end I found that I like her as much as I liked her fictional charachter on Everbody Loves Raymond. Thanks for posting the link.

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny

    Good point. The late night comedians routinely insult people and get away with it, the worst being Maher. Maher actually came to Rush’s defense because I suspect he knows how bad he is. Is it because those late night comedians are all Liberal that they get away with it? I would say so. Double standard again.

  • sjay

    Yeah, I had some doubts about her, based on things I had read other places, but the article definitely won me over and, like you, I really liked her character on Raymond.

  • Irish Spectre

    Rush was wrong for saying what he said, but what he said was, well, actually quite right! …that is, at least if you subscribe to that quaint old notion that there is such a thing as objective morality.

    At Fatima, the Blessed Mother informed Jacinta that more souls are going to hell for sins of the flesh than for any other reason. I don’t know, maybe young Jacinta was a lying little prude, but my money’s on that scary little message; so if I was Ms. Fluke or the legion of other women and men out there today who are pushing for me as a taxpayer to facilitate their sexual immorality, I’d be a little more concerned over the jeopardy in which I was placing my soul than over people calling me names.

  • RomCath

    I hope you are equally outraged at the vicious, vile names Bill Maher has called conservative women. Funny I don’t hear much outrage at him but of course he just gave a million bucks to the Obama super-pac. Wonder if the money will be returned?

  • oldestof9

    I DO NOT AGREE WITH RUSH’S CHOICE OF WORDS!

    What word would you use Pagan?

  • oldestof9

    AMEN.

  • RP Burke

    For what it’s worth, Patricia Heaton is an apostate, who left the Catholic church because she did not want to have a first marriage ecclesiastically annulled.

    http://www.goodquotes.com/quote/patricia-heaton/i-was-raised-catholic-and-i-m-presbyte

  • Deacon Greg Kandra

    RP…

    Heaton is a lapsed Catholic, but she’s not an apostate. She hasn’t totally rejected the Christian faith. (You want an apostate on TV? Try CNN’s John King. Raised Catholic, converted to Judaism when he married Dana Bash.)

    Meantime, a definition:

    “Apostasy from the Faith is the act by which a baptized person, after possessing the true Christian faith, totally rejects it. The complete abandonment of the practice of the Faith is NOT apostasy, or even presumption of Apostasy. A person is an apostate whether he joins a non-Christian religion, as Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, or falls into unbelief, atheism, materialism, agnosticism, rationalism, indifferentism, or “free-thought”. Apostates from the Faith incur excommunication ipso facto, and other penalties” (Definition from A Catholic Dictionary, 1951)

    Read more here.

    Dcn. G.

  • pagansister

    Don’t listen to Bill Maher so I have no idea what he said, RomCath. Don’t listern to Rush either but did hear on NPR what he said in his rant. Is what Bill said printable?

  • pagansister

    For who, oldestof9 ?

  • DWiss

    I guess Heaton’s Tweats were uncharitable, but I thought exactly the same thing about Sandra Fluke’s parents when I saw her testify before congress: “Is this why you went to law school, to have so much sex that you can’t afford the birth control? And here I was under the impression that law school required long hours of study.”
    If that were my daughter – or son – I’d be deeply embarrassed. I hope, and pray, that I’ve raised them to be better than that. Has the sense of shame completely left our culture?

  • John V

    Democrat political analyst Kirsten Powers was honest enough to call out the left-wing luminaries on their double standard in a piece at The Daily Beast. She put together a nice line up of comments that hit the same level as Rush’s comments or lower, but because the targets were conservative women they all seemed to think it was OK. No uproar, no demands for apologies, no advertiser boycotts.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/04/rush-limbaugh-s-apology-liberal-men-need-to-follow-suit.html

  • http://themightyambivalentcatholic.blogspot.com/ Steve

    Yep, she’s a very popular Tweeter who helps spread a mean-spirited version of “Christianity.” Mock people and use your faith as a pretense for embracing the woman-hating Rush Limbaugh. Political affiliation triumphing over Christianity once again.

    But hey, Heaton apologized — even though she, like Rush, still doesn’t seem to undersand that Sandra Fluke was NOT saying one word about her own sex life in front of Congress, nor does Heaton (or Rush) seem to understand that the monthly cycle of birth control pills a woman takes don’t vary according to whether the woman has sex once a month or if the woman, in Heaton’s words, has “tons of sex.” Forgive me if I don’t fall in line with Heaton simply because she has 70,000 of followers on Twitter and knows how to be nasty to people while telling Hollywood, and the rest of the world, that this is what Christianity is all about.

  • Denise

    Steve:
    Not one word? Ms. Fluke said “we” in her closing arguments and talked about the hardship of the cost of her birth control. Are you saying, she’s taking birth control and not having sex? She was arguing that she freely chose to attend a CATHOLIC university but she expects GU to change their policies to accomodate her recreational needs. The other examples are heresay and the Catholic church allows for birth control as medicine for actual medical conditions. Apparently she’s too lazy to shop or go to a free health clinic, but we’re supposed to support her bc?!

  • pagansister

    But DWiss, your aren’t Sandra’s parents. She is a law student, and what she does when not studying is no one’s business.

  • pagansister

    Denise—-being a woman, you certainly must know that many women who take birth control pills are not having indiscriminate sex! You said so yourself—there are actual medical conditions that the Church allows birth control pills to be RXed for. The use of “we” I’m guessing, could refer to women in general who are, after all, the ones who take those pills.

  • sjay

    Again, if we’re talking prescription birth control, there’s no relation between the amount of sex you’re having and how much your birth control costs.

  • pagansister

    Exactly!


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