so...does that rule out blue jokes, too ?
sid the blueberry was walking down the street when he saw sam the blueberry talkin animatedly to no one in particular...so, thinking sam was off his rocker, he sidled up and gave him the once over...
'who ya talkin' to, sam ?'
'oh, hi sam...i'm just on my bluetooth !'
and sam said...wait for it...'hey...they're all blue teeth !'
Curse words are just words that somebody decided this is bad, it doesn't really mean that they are bad, they are just words that some people choose to put too much meaning behind.
tru-dat, danny lee...
i've always thought that an ethical person...well centered in their philosophies...would not at all afraid or encumbered by anothers theology or use of individualistic idiomatic timbres
in the end...if you're afraid of a word...you are far weaker than you realize
King James Version (KJV)
5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
That you choose to follow those beliefs you hold dear is admirable, but not everyone chooses to do so or has those same beliefs. Stephen creates fictional characters who live in the real world and in the real world there are both those who do follow the teachings you believe in and those who do not.
Is that how they got the term "Salty Language?"
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Mk. 4.24 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
Matthew 7 vs 1-6
Heh. You are going to quote the Bible at us now? I think you should go back to my advice earlier, reread it, and embrace it. In Danse Macabre, Mr. King makes a comment which I think is very useful. I don't have the text in front of me so I am probably going to paraphrase despite my best intentions:
"Fiction reveals truths to us by telling lies about people who never existed."
I think you should consider that statement for a bit. There is value in stories which show people doing bad things. There is no night without the day; the road to heaven is made interesting only by demons along the way. I would suggest that stories (and Stephen King's stories do this in particular) highlight the bad and good behavior. They elevate us even as they show some descend. All that lofty language aside, we are talking about imaginary people living imaginary lives. You have your own soul to worry about without having to stress out about imaginary people or those that create them. I think you have a great career waiting for you in the pulpit, but unless you haven't noticed... this isn't a Church. We aren't your flock.