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  1. Richard W. Fitch
    April 9, 2009

    As I recall, Dr. Laura went thru a messy divorce from a conservative Jewish husband in the recent past. She had converted to Judaism on marrying and it seems now that she has rethought her ideas outside that religious box. That is not to say she is no longer a conservative pundit, only that her views are less extreme than previously. She appears to be acknowledging what psychologists in general are saying about the healthy, stabilizing foundation that committed relationships provide.

  2. knobandtube
    April 9, 2009

    How did she earn the Dr. part of Dr. Laura? Does anyone know?

  3. Richard W. Fitch
    April 9, 2009

    According to Wikipedia:
    “Schlessinger received a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Ph.D. in Physiology from Columbia University in 1974. … Schlessinger received her certification in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from the University of Southern California (USC) and lectured at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of California, Irvine, and Pepperdine University. Her MFCC license has been inactive for several years.” Unlike many windbags who use the tilte “Dr.” from honorary degrees received, hers was earned. I was incorrect on the details of her change of mind, although the outcome is the same. Rather than bore those not interested, you can read the article:

  4. Jason D
    April 9, 2009

    I didn’t see the interview but I kinda chuckled at king going “what are you laughing at?”.

    I can only picture the look on her face and what she might’ve been thinking.

    “Oh nonono, I learned my lesson last time. Unh-uh, nopenopenope, not saying a damn negative thing.”

  5. tomchicago
    April 10, 2009

    Thanks, Doc, but we don’t need a “sacrament”. You and your churches can keep all the sacraments, excluding anyone you want from the elect; what we want is a state-sanctioned contract that says I can marry my husband.

  6. Shannon
    April 10, 2009

    Nice to see Dr Laura come back to her senses on this! She was always very light-handed about gays through the 1990s, like “I’m not sure, this is between them and God,” but she flipped a switch one day in the late 90s after Elizabeth Birth (then director of HRC) was in the news for becoming a mom. She went on a tirade that very day and was very hostile to gays from then on. I was listening to her show that very day and thought “WTF? She was always very nonjudgmental before!” Although she presses limits sometimes, she does indeed stand for responsible parenting and faithful relationships, and I still respect her for that.

  7. Panger
    April 10, 2009

    While I applaud her comments, five’ll get you ten she’s just discovered her son is gay and is “draping the crepe…”

  8. Joel
    April 10, 2009

    My brother is an M.D. and he doesn’t go by the prefix “doctor”. God help this Ph.D. if I ever do that.

  9. Jason D
    April 10, 2009

    “While I applaud her comments, five’ll get you ten she’s just discovered her son is gay and is “draping the crepe…””

    Wow, at 31, and traveling most of my life, you’d think I’d heard everything, but I actually had to look up “five’ll get you ten” and I’m still scratching my head over “draping the crepe”.

    Is that like “beating the bishop?” or “draining the lizard?” :P

  10. BobN
    April 10, 2009

    I’d kind of like an apology, Dr. Laura, if it’s all the same to you.

  11. Lady Worplesdon
    April 10, 2009

    “Draping the Crêpe” = In Mourning.

    “draping the crepe” is a synecdoche for “in mourning”.
    Excerpted from Victorian Mourning Garb:

    “Full mourning, a
    period of a year and one day, was represented with dull black clothing without
    ornament. The most recognizable portion of this stage was the weeping veil of black crepe. If a women had no
    means of income and small children to support, marriage was allowed after this
    period. There are cases of women returning to black clothing on the day after
    marrying again.”

    Photograph 1, Photograph 2, Photograph 3

  12. Str8t
    April 12, 2009

    Panger – I had the same thought. Her son is about to come out of the closet, I just wonder if he’s flaming or not!

    [Ed: Our comments policy does not allow unsubstantiated claims. Unless you have evidence that Dr. Laura’s son is gay, do not make such claims here]

  13. jbolton
    August 18, 2010

    Dr. Laura is a bigot who loves to her herself talk. She thinks she is above the masses in her moral superiority, when in essence – it is herself that use to have such a “loose moral compass” when she was younger. Why not ask her about her younger days with “men” and “aborting babies”??

    She is a pathetic excuse for anyone to look up to!

    Dr. Laura doesn’t know the first thing about compassion when someone is truly hurting. She has her own agenda and will derail any call to her side of the fence.

    It is about time that someone slap some “humility” into this stone-faced holier than thou excuse of a human being.

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