“Well, don’t f**k them then.” I forget where I’m plagiarising that from.
Anyway, here’s a story about a C of E vicar who resigned because he swore a lot. And there were allegations that he sometimes drank alcohol. Clearly he had to go.
It’s not like the guy was peppering his sermons with obscenity – it was his preacher mates who complained about him, leading first to a six-month suspension “while his conduct was investigated”, and now to his resignation. Exactly what detailed research they could have been doing that took six months to decide whether a bloke said “shit” a few times, I really don’t know.
But this made me notice that I don’t really recall encountering anyone in the skeptical and atheist-y blogonetosphere who’s really bothered by swear words. Just about everyone in my extended social circle will throw the occasional curse out there. Some more liberally and with less consideration for nuance than others, sure, but I don’t think I know anyone who’s seriously turned off by it.
What’s up with that? I don’t want to make too sweeping a generalisation here, and I know plenty of more moderate godhumpers who certainly don’t have such delicate ears, but it seems like there’s something of a trend, at least. Does one of the bits of the Bible I haven’t actually read say something about this? The good book has its more tasteless moments too, y’know, and I don’t recall it ever speaking out against that kind of fruity language.
Or does it just tie in with some people who take religion seriously following a more old-fashioned or conservative morality in general? It would make some kind of sense if there was a link between people’s attitudes to saying the word “fuck” and when you’re allowed to do it.
I’m just pondering aloud here. And I’m actually now more interested by a link I just saw in the middle of that article to another one, with the headline: ‘Thou shalt shoplift’ vicar hit by bucket of spaghetti.
The Reverend Tim Jones had apparently advised his parishioners recently that the Ten Commandments are more sort of guidelines than actual rules, and that in this harsh economic climate it’s sometimes okay to nick stuff. I’m paraphrasing. Anyway someone took offence to this and neatly rebutted the Reverend’s argument with the classic and elegant syllogism of throwing spaghetti on him.
I can’t really think of anything to add to that; I think it stands up quite well enough on its own.