Words created everything, so we should use them carefully

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  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    April 19, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    "Words are words. To claim that someone has a feeble mind or feeble language skills because they use words you don't like is rude and insulting."

    Well that may be, Maudine, but what it is even more so is ignorant.

    Question's for Stine:

    "I see this play out in comedy clubs where somehow curse words are applauded as progressive and intelligent. You know, as opposed to good writing."

    You also say that what you do "clean comedy" is more difficult. Strange, you take so much of your style from other comics, such as Carlin, that we're very profane. Why would you think that what comics like Carlin do is the opposite of good writing, per se? Just to stick with Carlin for a second, his comedy was brilliant, and he is head and shoulders above where you will ever be. (No offense.)

    "Political correctness is evil because not only does it dictate what the narrative of a culture will be, it forbids you to even disagree."

    Can you show me the law that forbids you to "even disagree"? I can't think of any, except those laws that comics like Lenny Bruce fought against.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    April 19, 2014 2:21 p.m.

    I'm happy to see another person who knows the difference between political correctness and the truth. News programs, television pundits, politicians, Hollywood script writers, and progressive socialists are the last place to look to find the truth. Your next door neighbor has more wit and knowledge than all of them. I just wish Mark Twain were writing today! The satire, irony, and comedic relief would awesome!

  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    April 19, 2014 9:56 a.m.

    Yes, words have power. Ask anyone who has ever worked a magic spell or seen the fallout when somebody lets the f-bomb fly on national TV.

    I am not offended at a word being used, although I can be offended by how words - everyday non-cuss-words - are used to harm people.

    In Matthew 5:11 Jesus said, "It's not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth. "

    Based on his other teaching, I don't think he meant cussing. I think he meant how you talk to people, how you talk about people. How you use your words is far more important than the specific words you use.

    I had a cousin who used the foulest language I have ever heard, every sentence no matter where he was. But I never, ever heard him say anything bad or untrue about another human, and saw him give many hours of quietly free service to people in true need.

  • Maudine SLC, UT
    April 18, 2014 11:05 p.m.

    "Zounds" and "sblood" were used by Shakespeare and were considered quite profane in his day as the reference Christ's wounds and blood.

    There are several other instances of profanity in Shakespeare's works - does the fact that the words have become so common that their meaning has lessened make them less profane?

    Words are words. To claim that someone has a feeble mind or feeble language skills because they use words you don't like is rude and insulting.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    April 18, 2014 2:35 p.m.

    I've always liked the saying that "Profanity is the labored effort of a feeble mind to express itself forcefully."

    Considering that physical and spiritual miracles are wrought through the name of deity, it makes sense to revere the name as well as the Being to whom it addresses.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 18, 2014 8:59 a.m.

    Another comedian, George Carlin, always had fun with this concept. They're just words. Assemblages of letters. Whatever power they might have, we give them. In this case, the power we give some words originates in religions' ability to impose guilt and shame. I'm not sure who keeps the list of words you 'can't' use. Presumably, the ones the commandment refers to were spoken and written in what are now ancient, long dead languages none of us speak, so we should be good with this one.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    April 18, 2014 8:45 a.m.

    John wrote:

    "1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

    2 The same was in the beginning with God.

    3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."

    What is John telling us? He's telling us that Jesus Christ was the Word, the spokesman for God, that Jesus Christ is a God, and that He existed with God the Father from the beginning and that Jesus Christ made all things, worlds without number and everything that is part of those worlds, including us.

    Those who reverence God will reverence His Son, Jesus Christ. They will address Him with respect and reverence. They will honor Him by revering His name and the name of His Son. They will never claim power or authority to act in His name until that authority is bestowed on them by those who have the keys and authority to confir priesthood to another.

    Taking God's name in vain is much more than swearing. It includes claiming authority. It includes teaching false and misleading doctrine.