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On this week’s podcast, Rob felt it necessary to say, “God-damn.” Last week, James was similarly compelled to say, “God-damn.”
My recollection is that Ricochet has a code of conduct which supports civility and prohibits vulgarity. Does this phrase not violate that code?
I am also going to go out on a limb and postulate that there is a good representation of Evangelical Christians such as myself within the Ricochet community. There are few phrases which are more offensive to Evangelicals than this.
Not to be preachy, but to establish a fact: Not misusing God’s name is the fourth of the 10 Commandments (“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” Exodus 20:7, NIV).
There would be no conservatism without something to conserve, such as the firm, longstanding, moral code of the the 10 Commandments. Haven’t many of us fought hard to keep the 10 Commandments part of our civil tradition? We are hypocrites if we fight this battle, but flagrantly ignore the Commandments’ teachings.
I am asking the Ricochet community if the momentary endorphin release which may come from saying these words is worth the cost to our cause.Published in