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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Mon, 06-14-2010 - 9:05am
If God objected to the word "ass", He wouldn't have told us to stop coveting the one that belongs to the neighbors.

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Mon, 06-14-2010 - 9:16am

That doesn't address my question.

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Mon, 06-14-2010 - 9:55am
God isn't here to debate but several of us would like to know what misusing the holy name has to do with which words you choose to describe body parts or defecating. There are several admoniions about letting one's speech be uplifting and pure that would seem to apply to using crude and demeaning ooffensive terms, but the second commandment? I am not seeing the connection.
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Mon, 06-14-2010 - 10:45am

IMO all of the words are capable of equal harm.

 

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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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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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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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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 - 2:26pm

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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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