Inadequate, private and late apology with grotesquely inadequate excuse
By REP DAVIS, CBS
Added: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 23:00:00 UTC
Lawmaker Apologizes For Comments Against Atheist
CHICAGO (WBBM) -- State Representative Monique Davis is apologizing a week after she blasted an atheist activist during a hearing over a million dollar grant for a South Side church.
Because of Davis' rant, she was named Tuesday night as the "worst person in the world" --a dubious award doled out daily by news commentator Keith Olbermann on MSNBC's "Countdown" program.
Rep. Davis told atheist Rob Sherman that, "What you have to spew and spread is dangerous" and that "This is the land of Lincoln where people believe in God."
But, after being on the receiving end of a week's worth of public criticism, Davis called Sherman yesterday to apologize.
Sherman says Davis told him she "took out her frustrations and emotions on me and that she shouldn't have done that." Sherman says Davis' explanation was "reasonable" and that he forgives her.
According to Sherman and State Rep. Jack Franks .Davis claims her outburst was triggered by learning shortly beforehand that there'd been another Chicago Public School student killed.
State Rep. Jack Franks was chairing the hearing that day and says Davis' outburst was uncharacteristic, adding "she was having a bad day."
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