The Church Sign And The N Word

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 20, 2011

PG woke up and turned on the computer. A search in the archives found a couple of posts from 2007 that were ready for a rerun . One held a surprise.

Manifestation is the story of a church sign, and a radio show. There is a link to a site called “Freedom from”. When you go to the site today, you find Come Follow Me. It is a religious site, where you are directed to “Like” G-d on Facebook.

It seems as though the domain “Freedom from Religion” was bought out.
“The Gospel Media Network had a vision to acquire a handful of very important domain names, such as,,,, and many other related names. A group of dedicated, passionate people wish to share the message of the Gospel. Please join us in discovering and celebrating the hope, life and love that is in G-d.”
Freedom from religion had a resource page. One of the programs offered was a counseling service. This service tried to persuade women to not get abortions. When you go to the link for this resource page today, you get the Reach Local Directory. Abortion counseling services are no longer offered.

Your life is a manifestation of what you think of G-d
That was on a church signboard that I passed this morning. While these messages frequently spark a case of platitude fatigue, this one caught my eye. It had the ring of truth, about the people who value belief over performance. A vivid illustration was not long in coming.

On the Laura Ingraham show, there was a debate about Jesus Worship. The players were Dinesh D’Souza and Dan Barker. Mr. D’Souza is an author, who recently wrote a best selling pro Jesus book . Mr. Barker is a radio whiner on Air America, and is affiliated with Freedom From After a civil opening exchange, the affair got nasty. Mr. D’Souza was interrupting his opponent, asking a lot of questions that had little relevance to what he was saying, and generally showing no respect or courtesy. This is consistent with my experience with Jesus Worshippers…that many are rude, love to argue, and show little respect for those with whom they disagree.

Your life is a manifestation of what you think of G-d

It gets better. Mr. D’ Souza was grilling Mr. Barker on where he gets some of his ideas, and Ms. Ingraham jumped in with both feet. “Why do liberals always support abortion?” And she was off, and nothing was going to stop her from a grossout description of late term abortion. Never mind that Freedom From Religion lists counseling services that try to stop abortion. Never mind that Ms. Ingraham is an enthusiastic supporter of the killing in Babylon. If a pregnant woman in Babylon is killed by a cruise missile, does that count as abortion?

Your life is a manifestation of what you think of G-d

The good thing about not having a big audience is the freedom to discuss touchy subjects. I can say more or less anything I want, and since very few are reading, there is no problem. With that in mind, I approach the subject for today’s lesson…the “N- word”. It doesn’t get much touchier.

Now, we all know what that word is. It has six letters, rhymes with trigger, and makes the brains of some people turn into jello. It is a derogatory phrase for people of African origin, and is familiar to a white southern person like myself.

I try to avoid using this term. There are four main reasons for this. If I ever get paid for doing this, I will come up with a top ten list.

1- The N word hurts people’s feelings. I have known many fine Black people, and my life is much richer as a result. I do not want to say anything that will hurt these people. As for the not so fine Black People that I have known, they are G-d’s children just like me. My fellow human beings no not deserve to be insulted just for who they are.

2- Being heard saying the N word can cause all sorts of problems. This can include physical retribution; loss of employment, lawsuits, and having to listen to enough loud angry words to make you wish you had never learned how to talk.

3- It is not a fair fight. There is no equivalent phrase for a Black Person to say to a white person. I do not wish to give that power to another group of people, to turn me into a mass of incoherent rage just for hearing a six letter word.

The closest thing to this is “Cracker”, which I only recently found out was an insult. This is odd, because when I was a boy, we had a minor league baseball team called the Atlanta Crackers. There was even a team in the Negro League called the Black Crackers .

4- The use of the N word demeans the user. When you say an insulting word about another human being, you make yourself look bad. When you hate someone, you hate yourself worse than the person you hate. And frankly, a lot of these people are not worth it. If the N word demeans a paleface like myself, what does it say about a black person who uses it?

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