Tuesday, April 10, 2007

What language is appropriate?

It has been a whirlwind week for players on the Rutgers team and for talk show host Don Imus. By now, most of us are aware of Mr. Imus' insensitive remarks about the ladies on the Rutgers team. I have been interested in all of the media hype and as well the comments by the team and others who were harmed by his thoughtless remarks. I am not sure what should happen to Mr. Imus, but Mr. Imus is not the problem. Mr. Imus is only a symptom of the problem in our country.

For along time, we have worked hard to recognize that all persons are equals before God and should be recognized as such in our communities. However, Mr. Imus' remarks which were so quickly said reminds us all that there is still much work to do to overcome racism and other "isms" in our nation and our world.

My prayer is that this incident serve as a reminder to us all that we should be careful what we say to and about others. Apparently, we need to teach many adults what we strive to teach in the Jr. High department in church: that it is never appropriate to call people names. It is never appropriate to make suggestive comments about someone or to make fun of other people. For thirty years or so, according to Mr. Imus, he has made his living in a comedy act that makes fun of all sorts of persons. Indeed, his show has been full of expletives and suggestive remarks about politicians, news reporters and others to the point that I have wondered before when someone was going to call him to task for it.

Should Mr. Imus be forgiven? Well, I would think that he should be. He has apologized and asked for forgiveness. What happens next is not in my area of expertise. What should happen to him is not as important as what will happen to the rest of us. Will you and I now begin to take notice of our language? Will we start to realize that words do hurt and that we really should listen to our mothers when they said, "think before you speak."

Would you like to talk about it? Why not come to church this Sunday? Everyone is welcome and we would love to meet you. Happy Easter. Allen

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