Imus, Richards, Gibson & Hate Speech

If you are on the internet enough to be browsing this blog, than you are probably aware of the buzz surrounding formerly popular talk-show host IMUS. Last November you heard about the rants of Sienfeld’s Kramer, Michael Richards. July 2006, Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic tirade plagued the major news networks.

I will spare you from regurgitating details of the famous “hate speech” of these men. I agree with Southern Girl at Heart’s opinion that requiring people to apologizing when it’s quite possible the only thing they are sorry for is being caught, is pointless.

The fact is the Bible (along with common-sense) says clearly in Matthew 12:33-37:

33″Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. 35The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

If our character is not in check, these things will eventually be exposed. If we feed hateful thoughts, it will be demonstrated eventually by our words or our actions. And the fact is, I don’t think anyone can truly examine themselves and believe that they think 100% loving thoughts about every one they encounter at all times. I’m as guilty as anyone.

I’m not saying that means we should be accepting of Imus’, Richards’, or Gibson’s comments. What I am saying is that it is an opportunity to really examine ourselves to see if our hearts are hateful. If we only work in our lives on the things that people can see, and not things like our character, we our fooling ourselves into believing that people won’t ultimately be able to see that as well.

Anyway, Just had me thinking.


5 Responses to “Imus, Richards, Gibson & Hate Speech”

  1. 1 Heidi Jo April 13, 2007 at 2:06 am

    integrity. who you are when no one is looking.

    sounds so simple, doesn’t it? i was given that definition as a junior in high school at a youth camp in missiouri. at that time in my life it was profound. all these years later it still is.

    i completely agree with the apology thing too. who is that for? when my husband and i agrue he often apologizes very soon afterwards, because well…he’s a guy and it’s over for him. he sometimes will ask me if i am going to say “i’m sorry” and my response is, “i will when i am.”

  2. 2 misi April 13, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    So true E. I struggle with that all the time with the people closest to me. Strangers, I usually don’t give a second thought to but I am ALWAYS judging my husband and being verbal about it. I am aware of it and it is a constant struggle. By the way I love your new blog. The pics are great, it looks so professional.

  3. 3 the Grit April 13, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    Hi mz,

    What I found interesting about the Imus Incident, was that, despite his long career based on insulting various groups of people, it was only when he made a feeble attempt at humor, based on accepted black culture common usage, that he was attacked. That the attack was fronted by two well known bigots (Sharpton and Jackson) and still given enough weight by the major media sources to have Imus fired is most interesting. The only good point of this incident is, considering that Imus was a big outlet for liberals, the left is once again eating their own.

    The down side is that the First Amendment right of Freedom of Speech is now changed to the right of Politically Correct Free Speech.

    On a side note, I like the pink header better, though the family backside is cool.

    the Grit

  4. 4 mommyzabs April 14, 2007 at 2:12 am

    Yes grit,

    I agree with you that there is now Politically Correct Free Speech as a measure. However I suggest that with each generation there have been things that were considered appropriate and not appropriate to say by a majority of the culture… but we are now living in such a mass media age that these social norms (despite good or bad agendas they may come from), now seem like a much more powerful force than ever before. I don’t view it as good or evil really, i’d rather judge the content as good or evil… and whether it is a Jew slur by Jesse Jackson, Rappers degrading women, or Imus doing the same… It’s not appropriate.

    And as a capitalist… it is better for social norm acceptance (Political correctness) influencing sponsers… thus influencing programmers, and thereby pulling people off the air… than for government to be the force deciding these things. Truthfully, that is as free as speech will get when money is involved, right? The bottom line is often financial.

  5. 5 the Grit April 14, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    Hi mz,

    I can see that, however PC is not necessarily the accepted social norm. It is more often forced on the majority by small but vocal activist groups. This is what happened to Imus. Without the screams of outrage from S & J and the resulting hyper attention of the news media, none of the sponsors would have even known what he said, and even if they did, the usual public apology would have settled the matter. I hate to see those slime balls have this much power.

    the Grit

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