Will there ever come a time?

Anybody up for another Don Imus blog? There is no escaping him these days. The fallout from his insensitive remarks only seems to grow.  He is currently on the  apology/grovelling tour.

The purpose of this post is not to attempt to analyze him or what he said. That is now a cottage industry. The purpose of this post is to allow his shadow to fall upon us- if just briefly- to reveal some potential alarming possibilities.

Imus’s situation is simply another reminder of the PC police-state under which we now live.  For most of us- the words we choose to say or to print must be carefully thought-out. But consider this; What if even our most well thought-out, and carefully crafted words become offensive? What if even our most heavenly-shaped inspired words are open to censure?

Specifically, what if one day I can lose my job or even worse- be arrested- for a hate crime by quoting from the pulpit the apostle Paul’s condemnation of the gay/lesbian lifestyle or idolatry or drunkenness or whatever?

This may not be that far-fetched.

What do you think? Will there ever come a time? And if so, then what?

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13 Responses to Will there ever come a time?

  1. Trey Morgan says:

    Good point … Makes you think!!!

  2. Darin says:

    At that point we will have to make a choice.

  3. Donna says:

    Will we still tell the truth when “Death is on the line” (sorry Princess Bride just popped into my head). We are very spoiled in the land of the free….How would we respond to threats to our lives and the lives of our families?

  4. dannydodd says:

    Donna, these were questions for Christians in the first century… and the 21st?

  5. This isn’t original with me, but isn’t it interesting that all kinds of offensive language is now tolerated, including “hate language” against people of faith and language so bad on television that there is no prime time show I can currently watch with my kids–not one! Almost all of George Carlin’s words that couln’t be said on television are now uttered with regularity.

    But Imus has a slip of the tongue and he has committed our society’s unforgiveable sin no matter how much he apologizes. In the 1950s shock jocks would not even have existed for many other reasons. If censorship is going to be practiced in this country, let’s be consistent and censor all the offensive language. But then, where do you draw the line?

  6. For preachers, the test will come when laws are passed classifying anything said against homosexual activity as “hate language.” I know that bills have been proposed in several states to do just that — they just have not passed yet — but they are coming.

  7. Matt Dabbs says:

    Why is it okay to quote out loud on national TV the very same words in citation of Imus? I never get how using profane words is okay as long as you are just quoting what someone said. I have heard many good people use that line.

  8. dannydodd says:

    Good inpuy guys. Gary, I agree that it is coming eventually.

    And Wade and Matt ask good questions. Where to draw the line has been debated for a long, long time. Freedom of speech and first admendment rights are oft cited for toleration of plain filth. Yet- again Gary’s point- we will push them asided to be PC in some areas.

  9. Matt Dabbs says:

    Thought police is a very scarey thought. It amazes me that some murders are hate crimes and some are not. Wouldn’t nearly all murders be out of hate? When we start legislating our thinking, we are in deep trouble.

  10. johndobbs says:

    Matt makes a good point. I remember in a conversation about profanity on BereanSpirit my departed friend J. P. DuBois making the crack that “Cussing is wrong, dammit.” And the question Matt brings up is: is it OK for me to tell that story?

  11. dannydodd says:

    Whether it is okay are not- you have told it!

    Now quit cussing on my blog! 🙂

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