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Free Speech: South Park Helps Define A Problem

Updated on June 26, 2013
Those we listen to will be heard in our speech.
Those we listen to will be heard in our speech. | Source

Free Speech

And Wise Speech

What about our speech?

With the busy-ness of keeping up with children and grandchildren, elderly parents, my home, my church, gardening, painting, writing, and trying to learn French at a very late stage, not to mention friends, neighbors and other relatives, and last but certainly not least, my dear husband (the very reason I am able to keep up with so many other people and things as I do), I had to look up South Park after reading the news today.

“Vague” is the best description I can give of my interest in what Messrs. Matt Stone and Trey Parker do. After getting a clearer grasp of what South Park is, though, I am looking at these young men through the eyes of a mother and my heart goes out to each of them. Clearly, these two have no idea what they are dealing with and they have not taken the consequences of Theo van Gogh’s bravery in standing up for girls and women trapped in bondage seriously enough.

However, the article reporting the threat against South Park’s creators mainly served as a reminder to me of the state of Christianity in America. Contrary to what some seem to think, America is not a Christian nation per se, but many of its founders were Christians and it was primarily built on Christian principles. South Park is not entertainment that I would be interested in but I see that it is wildly popular. Its popularity is an indication of where we are as a nation.

It should never be surprising when those who are not Christians mock God, His Holy Spirit, Jesus the Christ, and the Bible. Those who do so are blind and do not know what they do. We should expect nothing less from them. They are caught in the grip of something bigger than they are. They are to be pitied and prayed for, even appealed to when possible. Out of appreciation for the mercy God has shown to we who do believe what God says in His Word about Himself and out of compassion, we should care about these people.

Does free speech mean "anything goes?"

The stuff George Washington was made of is a far cry from the revolting picture of an old man like our vice-president using such language and then trying to act as if he were a little school boy afraid of his mother.

What does it mean to support free speech?
What does it mean to support free speech? | Source

Christian Speech?

The astonishing fact that so many people call themselves believers yet display no reverence for God’s Name or His Word is a basic demonstration of what so-called Christianity has come to in our nation. Not only do so-called Christians regularly take in “entertainment” that is saturated with dishonoring usage of God’s Names, people who claim to be Christian also use God’s Names just as profanely as unbelievers do.

These "Believers" either ignore the Bible’s warnings or are ignorant of what God says. Using God’s Names in a careless and disrespectful way confirms unbelief, yet people claim to be Believers while using His Name in the most common forms of vile speech.

Some want their speech to fit in and/or do not want to be considered “strange.” Does it matter if the rest of the world mocks us for taking a stand against using God’s Name with curses or to curse? Not to true Christians. We are not going to respond the way other religions might when someone profanes the Name of our God, but we will not use His Name in an irreverent manner.

When our vice-president shamelessly used the “f” word he was right, the issue at hand was a big deal, but he revealed his bad character and lack of sound judgement when he used that language. George Washington said, “The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.” The vice-president used that word behind his hand (barely), but he foolishly uses God’s Name freely.

Today, many educators, politicians, and entertainers mock and misrepresent George Washington and his quotes, his standards and his peers, and his work to help found the United States of America. There are lessons in his writing that we could still benefit from if only we would be willing to hear his voice reaching out to us.

The stuff George Washington was made of is a far cry from the revolting picture of an old man like our vice-president using such language and then trying to act as if he were a little school boy afraid of his mother. How can we allow him to shamefully represent our nation and so crudely exemplify leadership to our children?

Because we as a nation have rejected the principles that Christian men taught from God’s Word we do not have the same standards guarding our behaviors as we once did. Today, authorities permit senior SEC employees to watch pornography for hours on end instead of doing their job.

Judicial systems scold and release predators rather than protect communities. Children murder children, but anyone daring to present Scriptural counsel on concerning issues is asked, “Who are you to decide what is degradation and what is freedom?”

Wise Speech Yet Speaks

Without the standards of the Word of God people use drugs to subdue consciousness rather than submit their hearts and minds to His truths. Children are drugged with confusing messages and chemicals rather than being prepared and equipped for real-life living.

Families give their money to movie stars who use the financial gain and popularity to promote degrading agendas. Communities go to concerts and ball games while their governments take away freedoms.

Children, even tiny babies, are raped, and parents sell their children into prostitution. The truth of Ecclesiastes 8:11 is forgotten, put on the back shelf as an old-fashioned, unenlightened concept.

While Christians around the world are being persecuted and murdered for their faith, Americans calling themselves Christians are going about their business of speaking, dressing, and behaving like the rest of our culture with an attitude akin to, "Let them eat cake."

Presuming on God's goodness to us, we amass houses, lands, and fortunes to the detriment of our own good when we do not live out the truths of the Gospel. Believers failing to believe what God says means there will be consequences for us as individuals, for our children, and for our nation--and a storm is brewing.

As a nation we have failed to cling to the truths that made our nation great. Principles that brought out the best in people (whether they were Christians or not) were derisively tossed aside when we should have been teaching them to our children.

Now, we are at the mercy of whatever wind blows. Hope still extends its hand out to us, though, and it is within reach of those who will look to God according to His Word.

While a study of Scripture absolutely must first carefully consider context, the themes of love and mercy that run throughout the Old and New Testaments contain principles that are for Christians of every nation for all of time. God speaks hope to His people..the time to listen is now:

2 Chronicles 7:14

Entire Passage

A Psalm

From the NT

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from the short journey


    Thanks so much for adding to this discussion with your comments!

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    Theresa Ast 

    5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    We have certainly all had our share of "tipovers" whether we will admit it or not. And your question is a perfcet one to help us refocus and recenter ourselves in His will.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from the short journey


    Thank you for stopping in and responding so thoughtfully. You are right and we do everyone good, including ourselves, to remember it. Working toward a grasp of the whole counsel of God's Word to us helps us maintain the precarious balance we need. I've had my share of tip overs, to my shame, but re-centering myself with the question "Do I believe/agree with God, or do I not?" helps me stop and think past myself and focus on His truths.

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    Theresa Ast 

    5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Hello RT - I know this was written three years ago in response to specific circumstances, but the heart of your message, and indeed, of God's message remains the same. I greatly appreciate that you are able to care about those you disagree with and those who choose not to look to God and that you encourage all of us to do the same.

    I fear too often Christians, in disagreeing with and disapproving of non-believers cross over into disdain and hate and I don't believe that is what Jesus taught us. And it does not draw people to Him when we mistreat or condemn them - no matter how much we may disagree with their actions and choices.

    Your hub demonstrates that it is possible to be concerned about sin and evil, but to still love the person ... after all Jesus died for them just as he died for us. Thank you for an extraordinarily well-written and balanced essay. Sharing. Theresa

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    The vulgarity degrades everything they do. It's a sad commentary on our society that the vulgarity is promoted in a cartoon that would attract young people, especially children.

    Thank you for stopping in and commenting.

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    7 years ago from Planet Earth

    Most people don't realize it, but South Park hides some very serious political parodies within a multitude of lame and vulgar episodes. About 90% of the episodes are basically a worthless waste of time, but about 10% of them are absolute political genius.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Because it is about the problem that the attack on Stone and Parker highlights. Thanks for stopping in and leaving your question!

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    8 years ago

    Why is it that this South Park barely mentioned South Park?

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Your reply is very kind James. Thanks for stopping by.

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    James A Watkins 

    8 years ago from Chicago

    Wow! What a fabulous message, though rightfully sobering. I cannot thank you enough for this missive. It is wonderfully thought out and written.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I don't know if there is any turning back to a time when clean, respectful speech was the norm in our society, or to when it was considered taboo to use God's Name irreverently, but I do know that these kinds of speech are a sad indication of what we have come to. It would be interesting to count how many times we hear God's Name used carelessly in one week day. I am thankful for God's long-suffering mercy, but we need to carefully consider the warnings in His Word.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    This is an excellent hub that addresses some crucial areas where improvement is needed. It isn't that difficult to express yourself without the profanity, thus acting like Christians.


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