Following on DPotter’s recent post about how Americans are slow to forgive, I’m sure you’ve been (or are quickly becoming) aware of the internet’s reaction over how a food magazine used a piece of writing without the writer’s permission, and instead of offering an apology, the editor told the author of the article that she (the author) should compensate the magazine for editing her work for her. Now, hell hath no fury like the internet community sticking up for a writer plagiarized (apparently the original phrase “hell hath no fury…” is by William Congreve, whom I had never heard of): the magazine’s Facebook page is now exploding with angry (not to mention smart, sarcastic, and often rude) comments.

I’m of course not condoning the words or actions of the magazine editor – I think what she said was absolutely ridiculous, rude, and entitled – and judging from what others have continued to say, apparently her apology was anything but genuine. (As much as I would like to feel bad for the editor lady, I don’t…) A real-time example of the sort of judgement that we are so good at giving and would hate to receive ourselves, and of how our forgiveness is so often conditional on the right apology being offered–which is so drastically different to the forgiveness offered to us on the Cross!