Defamation, libel and gossip show the harm of the tongue

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  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    April 23, 2014 5:10 p.m.

    Some one once said; It doesn't matter weather what's right or wrong but who wrights it for the history books.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    April 23, 2014 2:58 p.m.

    My experience is that most people think this commandment says "thou shalt not lie" which it doesn't exactly say either. I agree the spirit and heart of it is t hat we should not slander, libel, even scurrilously intimate. Such things are not taken seriously, just like most of the other commandments.

    Gossip, the cowardly and dastardly attack on the reputation of another based on evil surmisings, envy, and speculation is epidemic. Gossips downplay the damage they do by superficially, jestingly bespeaking "tasty" or "juicy" pieces of gossip. I think it should be actionable but courts commonly don't seem much interested in prosecuting such wickedness. Divorce, and many other, judicial trials would not be so irresponsible if perjury was taken seriously.

    The Old Testament law has it right: the person guilty of making false accusations should, to begin with, suffer any penalty that such an accusation would bring upon another. It is, I agree, not only what is usually termed perjury, lying under oath, that should be actionable. A gossip should be held in contempt by our society which, perversely, seems to rather encourage it than anything.