Just What is Offensive?
I recently read an introduction to a short, humorous story about ‘Injuns,’ and the author apologized for offending anyone. After closing the magazine, I thought about all the useless ways we trip over ourselves to not use words that are said to offend.
I’ve heard the word ‘Injun’ for most of my life and I’m not offended, probably because I was raised in the South and the Southern dialect murders many words. But no matter the pronunciation, when I hear the word, I picture a proud warrior on a bluff overlooking the plains below, one hand holding the reins to his horse, the other grasping a feathered lance, his long hair flying in the wind.
I am offended, however, by many other things.
I’m offended because children today have to worry about their safety in the public schools.
I’m offended by drug-pushers who infiltrate our lives and get our children and adults hooked so they no longer care about anything except the drug.
I’m offended because figures of authority have lost their power to discipline and parents and teachers today are ruled by what children think or want.
I’m offended by young people who have not been taught courtesy and respect for others, and I’m very offended by those who show no courtesy or respect to their elders.
I’m outraged that churches today, no matter the religion, are not held in esteem by the world and honored as a place of peace.
I was deeply offended by a neighboring city’s action in removing the nativity scene because a few said it offended them, and I was saddened by another city hall removing a cross from their logo
because another loudmouth said it was offensive.
I’m offended by people of other nations coming to our country and demanding citizen’s rights without earning them. And I feel betrayed by my government for catering to them in the hopes of attaining more votes.
I’m offended that because my generation was raised to not make noise, we’ve sat back and let the loudmouths take our society away.
I’m offended each time I go into once-proud neighborhoods and see the garbage in the streets and the graffiti on fences. I’m offended by having to flush toilets in public restrooms and department stores, left full by people who have no respect or consideration for others.
I’m incensed when I see the elderly struggling to open doors while younger people sail right past them.
I’m offended that most of our products are manufactured by foreign nations, and I’m exasperated when I call for service and I can’t understand what the person is saying. Why are we making those nations rich while our own people are hungry?
And, I’m saddened that on our new coins the time-honored phrase, 'In God We Trust' is missing.
If we’ve sat back and allowed the loudest among us to push God out of our schools, our public buildings, our currency, and our lives, we have no one but ourselves to blame when we can’t find him.
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|Reviewed by Reginald Johnson
|Well done, Ms. Hill. May I add these observations?
I am offended by people (elected by no one) who wish to replace our judeo-christian philosophy, which is the cornerstone of our society, democracy, and country ... with their misguided, ill-conceived, and self-loathing agendas.
I am deeply offended by those who serve no one but themselves ... attacking the very best among us who have served everyone but themselves.
Our country is strong, decent, and true. These are facts for which we should not apologize. Because of people like you ... it will survive, it will prosper ... it will endure.
|Reviewed by Joyce Bowling
|You are speaking my language my friend, each of the things that you have listed, I too take offense to. If I could add one more to this wise list, I would add that I am offended by young healthy bodied people whom claim disability and do not work, allowing hard working tax payers such ourselves to support them....I agree that we have set back to long and tip toed around because we are afraid that we will offend someone. I still post the ten commandments in my classroom, my bible rests upon my desk...I pray in public places before I eat...I have as much right as those whom choose to use God's name in vain, and those whom choose to swear in public places. I am going to continue teaching about respecting elders, using manners, and listening to parents. I also am going to continue serving the Lord, and believing that miracles still do happen. I wouldn't want to be one of those loudmouthes who was to blame for the removal of the cross or other religious symbols, I am appalled that "In God We Trust" is missing from our new coins...That's what's wrong with society today...selfish and forgotten about God! A great write my friend, got me stirred up tonight! Keep on writing and speaking up!
|Reviewed by Jean Pike
|You make some excellent points, Brenda. Thank you for having the courage to speak your mind.
|Reviewed by Pete Grasso
|Amen Brenda. Great Write! It is time for the silent majority to wake up, get out of the comforts of the four walls of the church, and take action -- before we lose what remaining religious liberties we have left.|