Thursday, October 14, 2004

DIARY FROM PRISON EQUALS BIG PROFIT


The New York Metro online has the following interesting news: "lawyers working on behalf of Martha Stewart have been quietly approaching book publishing executives to do some sort of memoir that would be written by the domestic diva while she serves her five month prison sentence."

If anyone can turn lemons into lemonade, Martha Stewart can. Stewart is going to make it "hand-over-fist" if/when her prison memoir comes to light. Who wouldn't like to have a glimpse of "camp cupcake" from the eyes of the Martha Stewart? We might learn about the wonderful lifelong friends the experience created, or the diva might have a spiritual experience and parlay it into a second book deal. Who knows, Martha's ideas might lead women all over to throw away those shabby furnishings for a chic institution look. K-Mart stands to profit here, as does FOX if a reality show can be worked out.

On the other hand, if you are a tiny bit bothered that a criminal sentence can be manipulated into a money-making scheme, you are not alone. It sounds creepy. Why should it be this way? I don't think there should be any profit from crime. "For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God" (1 Pt. 2:20). That's right, there should be no credit for enduring a well-deserved punishment. Maybe the diary should be allowed as a form of restitution for her crime with all the proceeds going to help families who lost money in the stock market due to insider trading and unethical accounting practices. But that makes too much sense and isn't likely to happen.

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