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Your Opinion: Descending into a swamp of vulgarity, incivility

Your Opinion: Descending into a swamp of vulgarity, incivility

March 12th, 2012 by Rose Lineberry, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

Yes, Jim Dyke, it is time to apologize to Sarah Palin. It is time for men to apologize to all women who have been slandered and maligned in the vilest ways - both public figures and private citizens.

We are a Christian nation and proud of it. Unfortunately it seems to be selective "Christianity." Many devout Christians are also devoted followers of Rush Limbaugh, as well as any number of the other shock jocks. When did hate-mongering, slander, distortion and calling women "sluts and prostitutes" become acceptable Christian/family values? Has "love your neighbor as yourself" become irrelevant? What about 1 Corinthians 13 "If I speak with the tongues of men or angels but so not have love, I am but a resounding gong or clanging cymbal ... and the greatest of these is love," become irrelevant in political discourse?

It is time for churches and decent men and women to stand up and say, "enough is enough." The issue of hate shouldn't be a political issue of "them versus us." To remain silent would seem to condone. And apparently some major politicians and political groups choose silence, taking a "boys will be boys" attitude.

Calling women sluts and prostitutes is largely a male power trip to remind women that they are still inferior and of less worth than men. Should women become "uppity," a verbal body-slam shows them who really is in charge. By the way, there are no derogatory words of similar vile in the English language that apply to men - how interesting.

Whatever happened to civility? It seems like we are heading toward escalating vulgarity and polarizing politics and at warp speed. Full speed ahead - ethics and civil discourse be damned? The world is watching us as we self-destruct, but who cares?