Oh, that's right.....medieval Catholicism and indulgences.
Seriously, can we just skip a few steps? Imus has issued an apology. Just sign the check, money order, bag of cash, or PayPal credit over to Reverend Al or Jesse and be done with it.
If Sharpton or Jackson were serious about getting the words Imus said off the airwaves, they'd be lambasting the DJs and picketing the towers of their nearby hip-hop and rap stations that play music which, in the immortal words of Marge Simpson, "encourages punching, boastfulness, and rudeness to 'hos". But that carries neither the financial potential or the appeal to the "whites are all racists" mentality required to support their parasitic existence.
And, if Imus weren't looking at a significant ratings abyss, I don't think he'd be nearly as likely to use words that he should damn well know better than to use and which he deserves every bit of the tongue-lashings he's gotten. I also think it's going to be a hell of a wakeup call for him to meet with the Rutgers team he so flippantly insulted.
But again, let's be done with it. Apologize, sign the paper, hand the cash over, and move along -- Imus to hopefully learning something, and