Originally posted by doitagain:
I would hope that you wouldn't use certain words in a mosque, temple, church, or other public gathering, that you might use in private.
The words I use have the same meaning in public as they do in private. People can interpret what I say however they like, that is up to them.
Furthermore, referring to the "Gomer" thing- a person from Indiana doesn't or hasn't necessarily suffered the same history or abuse that might be true of a group based on the color of their skin or the religion in their heart. In this country, we accept that these things are sacred and protected.
there is nothing in the constitution that states this, in fact it states the exact opposite. I don't see why one person would have special rights over another, just because of that persons skin color or religion.
Therefore, using words that can be construed by the recipient as cruel or discriminatory is, as you know, actionable in court in many circumstances.
There is no word that is illagal in the united states. You have to be proven cruel or discriminitory, not just say something that the recipient believes is cruel or discriminitory.
I much prefer a proactive, mutually respectable usage and atmosphere to one that ends up costing our kids the right to enjoy Mark Twain, don't you?
it is your kind of thinking that will get books banned.
after-all we can't have people reading books that have words that might hurt peoples feelings.
Not only that, but whether you realize it or not, whether you meant it that way or not, some terms can hurt people's feelings- that's not their fault, really- sometimes they're just little kids.
If I say something that hurts someones feelings, they can contact me, and I will apoligize and tell them why I said it. I don't need the PC police to do it for me.
There's nothing about "towel" or "rag" heads that specifies only the terrorists or other "bad" people on TV.
I dissagree. If I say, "I saw those towelheads dancing in the streets as americans were dieing" That refers to only those people I saw dancing in the streets.
You and I both know that these are general slurs that have a traditional, historical usage to impugne and / ot denigrate an entire culture and or/religion.
I don't know what is in the mind of everybody that uses these words. I do know what is in my mind. I do know that I use these words when refering to a person based on thier actions.
If you read all this, thanks. I sincerely believe in it, and I don't feel I give up one bitter blood drop of rage, disgust, and desire to be rid of evil and terror in the world. I fight and destroy it wherever I am, with whatever I've got.
I know you believe this way strongly, and I respect that. I also believe that your line of thinking is a big problem in this country, and we need to change. If you have read Ferenhiet451 by Ray Bradbury, you will understand where I think this country is headed, if we keep telling people how they should talk and think.