Is it ok for the President to say 'ass'

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Is it ok for the President to say 'ass'
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Thu, 06-10-2010 - 2:31pm

iVillage Flash Poll:


Is it Acceptable For the President to Say Ass in Public?


On the Today show on Tuesday, President Obama used the word “ass” (more specifically, he talked about wanting to “know whose ass to kick” about the Gulf oil spill). And it’s created quite a buzz...



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Registered: 05-27-1998
Wed, 06-16-2010 - 9:28am
Yes on part A (the sentiment); not so sure on part B (the words themselves being intrinsically bad as defined by society.) I really think it's about the desire to not offend God or others.
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Registered: 12-07-2003
Wed, 06-16-2010 - 8:19am
So basically, you believe that using profanity is a sin not only because of the sentiment behind the words, but also because using profane words (however a society may define them) is a sin in and of itself.
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Registered: 05-27-1998
Tue, 06-15-2010 - 9:10pm
I've never met a "fully Godly" person, but I do know many sincere Christians who try to please God not out of fear, but out of love for him. Legalism doesn't even enter into it.
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Registered: 05-27-1998
Tue, 06-15-2010 - 1:53pm

It's more about the inner person, really. But my experience is that attempting to make changes on the outside does help to make actual changes on the inside.


And I sound just like some cheesy infomercial for a self-help book. Just shoot me.

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Registered: 03-19-2010
Mon, 06-14-2010 - 9:42pm

Oh.

"It is said that men may not be the dreams of the Gods, but rather that the Gods are the dreams of men."


-Carl S

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Registered: 12-07-2003
Mon, 06-14-2010 - 2:26pm

So a fully Godly person would never feel the need to say something or think something when stubbing a toe? If I say "Oh, shoot" or "Oh, sugar" or mumble incoherently without the word "sh!t" ever coming into my head, am I still sinning?

I have read the relevant passages in the bible and don't think that there are certain words that God would object to. I do think that saying "Oh, sh!t" is the same in God's eyes as saying "Oh, sugar" when stubbing my toe. I think the passage has more to do with choosing words carefully. For example, if I said "oh, sh!t" in front of my mother, who is really very upset by foul language, that wouldn't be great in God's eyes. If I call someone a b!tch or a witch, that's also pretty bad. But if I say "oh, sh!t" because I stub my toe, I can't see how that would be any of God's concern.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Mon, 06-14-2010 - 2:21pm

Violence is never a good sentiment no matter what words you use to describe it.

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Mon, 06-14-2010 - 2:20pm
Yeah, we also have a Christmas Carol in our hymnal that has the phrase "ox and ass before him bow" and the kids up through about jr high make sure to sing that verse really loudly.
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Registered: 05-27-1998
Mon, 06-14-2010 - 2:18pm
LOL. My SS kids (junior high) loved that story when I taught it because they got to say a "forbidden" word. It was the first time they ever volunteered to read the Bible story aloud without being coerced.
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Registered: 01-08-2009
Mon, 06-14-2010 - 11:49am
I don't have my catechism with me so I can't see what's between the two passages yyou cite. But on the face of it. It sseems you are trying to argue that any bad habit shows disrespecct for God and is therefore a violation of the secood commandment...saying ass is disrespecting God, not recycling is disrespecting God, stealing grapes from the supermarket is disrespecting God....sort of seems to water down the original admonition against not respecting the Holy Name, doesn't it?

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