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Letter: Inappropriate language

To the Editor:

I think it was more than a month ago, I was sitting at home watching “Saturday Night Live.” A skit came on where there was a family sitting downstairs talking. I’m trying to remember the best I can. I think there was a lot of noise, apparently from kids upstairs, until they finally came down.

I remember two boys arguing like crazy, yelling at each other. I can’t remember if they even punched each other. After a prolonged time, the father jumped up and said something like, “God [expletive], I told you ... .” I don’t remember verbatim.

I sat there thinking, “Wow, did he just say that?” And I thought about it somewhat bewildered. To my recollection, at least for me, I had just never heard that word on network TV.

That father didn’t have the right to be asking God, in a fit of anger, to damn anyone, at least not his two children. If you get to see that skit somehow, just check out the anger in his voice. Think about when we say that word what we are asking God to do.

I am far from being perfect. I have used that word so many times back when, but as I got older, I felt that I no longer could say that word and feel good about myself.

I am always trying to curb my language. I can use every filthy name in the book, but that word I don’t want in my vocabulary. I thought that there would be an uproar of parents who thought it wrong. Nothing. I have heard nothing. Not on the news, talk shows, from other stars, TMZ, nothing.

It can be done. That word eventually could be phased out of language. To all those who use that word, if I were Christ, I would have you just look into my eyes, and you instantly would know what I was talking about. And you could change. But to vehemently use that word in hate or in jest is just plain using God’s name in vain.

Bob Lehr

Wonder Lake

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