“Obscenities”

Posted: January 4, 2017 in Language Use, Mormonism, Religion
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No, I’m not going to belabor the obvious. I’m not going to talk about the difference between language and lashing, between pious preaching and priestly pedophilia.

As those of you who haven’t unsubscribed might have noticed, I dropped an “F-bomb” for effect at the end of the next-to-last post.

Why? Precisely because it had an effect.

It’s still an effective means of shocking people, sometimes for the sheer sake of shock (as in that post), and sometimes for the sake of accurate portrayal of everyday language.

A few days ago I was talking with a friend who’s done construction work for decades. He recently worked on the new Mormon temple up in the foothills.

It is, of course, a monstrosity. A raised middle finger to the environment and the people of Tucson. As are all Mormon temples. (And yes, the ugliness is deliberate: they build temples according to pre-ordained plan.)

To add insult to injury, they demanded that all of the construction workers building their temple have no visible tattoos and refrain from cursing while on the job. (No, I’m not kidding.)

I asked him, “Do they have any fucking idea of what construction workers are like?”

Apparently not. (used to be one myself)

Decades ago, for an environmental organization, I canvassed the neighborhood downhill from the recently constructed Mormon temple in the Oakland foothills.  The Mormons had capped a number of springs on their property, and the water, as one would expect, found a way out, destroying several houses in the process.

The Mormons, of course, refused to admit that their tax-exempt temple was in any way responsible for the destruction of the tax-paying properties below them.

Now that’s obscene.

(Sorry, couldn’t resist pointing out the obvious.)

 

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Comments
  1. Gregory W. Chmara says:

    Recent reports indicate only one US representative is a secularist with “none” in the religion column. And she happens to be from Arizona.

    I would say this: that banning tattoos is stupid, but I can see an employer requiring civil language only be used on site.

    But, tax exemption for any religion, to me, is establishing a religion, clearly a constitutional violation. It offers favor to a group of persons who believe their way is the ONLY way eeven though history will and always has proven them wrong.

    There are many cities, including my own in Tucson, AZ that let churches ignore local zoning restrictions and parking mandates. Those same governments also heavily regulate — usually into non-existrance — the right to run a home business that would generate an equal traffic into a neighborhood.

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