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Saturday, May 07, 2005

Bob Jones - Laura Bush - Bill O'Reilly

I keep having people stop me and say, "Hey, I heard BJU was mentioned on the Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly the other night." "Oh, really," I reply. "What did he say?" No one seems to know exactly what he said, but best I can decipher it is something like "the only people who would be offended by Laura Bush's comic routine at a recent press dinner would be ideaologues like those people at Bob Jones University."

So, I ask myself, am I offended? Frankly, I think there is too much "offending" going around. I'm not offended when someone says something I disagree with or says something I agree with in a way that I wouldn't. I am offended when someone calls me a liar or tells me my mother is ugly. But why would I be offended by Laura Bush talking about "Desperate Housewives" and off color things?

Does it make me scratch my head and shrug my shoulders? Yes. Does it offend me? No.

It is like when someone comes on the campus of BJU and they have a hankering for a smoke. They apologize profusely as they tap out the cigarette and light up. Am I offended? No. I might be a little offended that they think I am offended, but if someone is addicted to a cigarette needs one, I don't want to deal with them while they are all jittery!

There was a guy just yesterday on campus, he was talking to me and let out a curse word. It was almost humorous to see the look that came over his face. "I'm sorry for my language." I appreciated his concern, but why would I expect someone who is used to cursing to stop cursing just because he was visiting Bob Jones University? Was I offended by his language? No.

I don't smoke. I don't drink. I don't cuss. I'm not offended by those that do. If that is the culture people live in, why should I expect them to act any differently? I don't tell off-color jokes or watch "Desperate Housewives." I'm not offended by those that do.

Was I surprised by Mrs. Bush's routine? I will have to say I was. Was I offended? No. Would I have been offended had Hillary Clinton done the same? No. Yet, neither would I have been surprised.


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