A friend of mine told me yesterday that her (Christian) publishing company had requested that she change certain words in her manuscript. The reason? They went against their policy.
Well they were shockers – 4 x Damn, a few bastards, 1 x go to hell & worst of all – a son of a bitch!
Now all well and good. Not everyone appreciates profanity and there aren’t any requirements for anyone to accept it if they don’t want to.
But! It did get me thinking … Would any of those words/expressions be considered ‘bad’ if it weren’t for the most popular book of all time?
No, not 50 Shades of Grey (dumbass) – The Bible.
Damn – used AT LEAST 15 times, sometimes more according to which ‘revision’ it is. Note: damnation and damned count here too.
Bastard – There are Bible Verses about bastards –
Deuteronomy 23:2 – A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD.
Hebrews 12:8 – But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Now trust me. That’s WAY worse than my friends book. That’s all unicorns and puppy-dog tails in comparison.
SO! Who can we blame for all the bad language in today’s society?
I’ll give you three bastard guesses … 😉