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NASCAR in Christianity Today

Wow, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s recent brush with NASCAR generated commentary in Christianity Today. I don't normally expect to open my CT and find commentar on NASCAR. The whole controversy seems to be centered on the intent behind the words. Earnhardt is defending himself by claiming that the words were celebratory, not mean-spirited, so he shouldn't have been fined and docked points.

The only weighing in on this subject that I'm going to do is reiterate that I think the whole thing is pretty stupid, with poor behavior from all parties involved. And remark that it's just kinda weird to see this come up in CT, especially since the commentary ends up being more goofy than serious at times, although the do hit it on the head near the end:
This is what's happening to these previously forbidden words; they're losing the ability to shock. It seems strange that Earnhardt's casual obscenity provoked such punishment, when you can't avoid the word in daily life, encountering it on bumper stickers, in movies, and used by nicely-dressed young women out shopping with their children. These words no longer indicate fashionable defiance, but just lack of imagination.


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Oct. 18th, 2004 06:42 pm (UTC)
My only comment is that if he looses the championship by less than 25 points, a whole other controversy will be popping up. I think he is currently 24 points behind Kurt Busch. And wasn't it Busch that got fined for having an illegal gas something or other after winning a race a few weeks ago?
Oct. 19th, 2004 03:11 am (UTC)
It used to be fightin' words to accuse someone of lying. Now we simply assume that the highest officers in the land lie on a daily basis.

A woman showing her belly-button in public was quite shocking in American society not too long ago.

Fred and Wilma Flintstone slept in twin beads. So did Lucy and Ricky. That stigma is quite gone.

On the other hand, a redhead marrying a Cuban is an entirely different deal than in the 50's!

Once we cease to be shocked by today's cuss words, we'll find new ones. Though, I don't think we'll EVER get tired of wishing someone an adventure in the sex act. That term is at least as old as the English language.
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