Brad Pitt’s probably glad he’s out of the country for this one. Two days after the Springfield, Mo., News-Leader printed a letter to the editor penned by one Jane Pitt, LGBT activist group ThinkProgress identified the author of the Mitt Romney-supporting, gay-marriage-opposing missive as Brad’s mother. You know, Jane Pitt.
Excerpt from her letter:
I have given much thought to Richard Stoecker’s letter (“Vote for Mormon against beliefs,” June 15). I am also a Christian and differ with the Mormon religion. But I think any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon.
Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama — a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.
I hope all Christians give their vote prayerful consideration because voting is a sacred privilege and a serious responsibility.
But after word spread like wildfire, provoking its fair share of ire along the way, the News-Leader’s op-ed page editor backtracked on that confirmation, telling ThinkProgress that the letter was, in fact, not written by the actor’s mom after all. Um, ready for another backtrack? “To clear up earlier confusion, the News-Leader has verified the letter writer is the mother of actor Brad Pitt and local businessman Doug Pitt,” reads the latest editor’s note affixed to the original letter, which was posted Tuesday with the headline “Election-Casting ballot deserves prayerful consideration.” What’s with all the back and forth?!
Well, who didn’t have a hard time believing that “Jane Pitt” — whose letter advised her fellow Christians to “spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man (Romney) with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality” — was the same woman whose son once said that he and his girlfriend wouldn’t marry until everyone could legally tie the knot?
Jane Pitt had written to the News-Leader that, in her opinion, anyone who doesn’t vote for Romney for president or writes in a name is therefore supporting President Barack Obama, “a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.” Brad Pitt’s rep has not returned requests for comment.
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