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The Weight of Words

April 10, 2007

Hey, everybody,

What do think about the Imus comment? It's big news right now. In fact, CNN just got done airing a press conference given by the Rutgers University Women's Basketball Team. The team members did a fine job of expressing how hurt they were by the comment. They were very professional about it.

Imus has apologized all over the place--on his radio show, on other radio shows as a featured guest, on the Today Show this morning. He's even asked for a meeting with the Rutgers' University Women's Basketball team so that he can apologize to them face to face.

Do you think that should be the final apology that Imus needs to make?

How do you think the B-ball team should respond to him?

Networks carrying Imus's show are suspending the show for two weeks. Is that enough punishment? Should Imus actually get fired?

I'd like to hear what you have to say about all this. It's a pretty wild situation. There are a lot of dynamics involved--an older person vs. younger people; race; apology/forgiveness; adequate punishment. Where does grace fit into all this?

I think the Imus mess should make us all more aware of what we say and how our words can hurt people. Let's all watch what we say and take a few minutes to read some wisdom from the book of James today, chapter 3. It's all about the power of the tongue and the weight of words.


- Re: The Weight of Words from Felecia, May 11, 2007

What he said was unfortunate but you can see that as humans we make mistakes. We should not be so ready to crucify someone for such things because all of us at some time or another have made some stupid statement that we have regretted as we were saying it and after it left our minds and mouths. Perhaps what we learn is that once we have said it we can learn to address the issues that have caused the words to flow so freely.

- Re: The Weight of Words from Geno in Texas, April 21, 2007

It was a good thing for Imus to have apologized to the Rutgers team for his comments, however, I do not think he should have gotten fired. We should choose not to listen to ignorance instead of trying to censure it because as Christians we know that there are people that don't like what we say and would like to censure us as well. Also, "Rev." Al Sharpton did not accept Imus's apology and the Rutgers women did even though the comments were directed to them and not him; what lessons can we learn from that?

- Re: The Weight of Words from April, April 12, 2007

I think before we say something about others. We should think about what we say because in the Bible it says the tongue is very powerful and can either help or hurt someone. And we should call on Jesus to help us choose are words everyday.

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