The R-Word. Really?!?!

I’m saddened and disgusted.

As if we don’t have enough to deal with, we have to take an already mean and  cantankerous political debate and take everything to a whole new level.

Following the last presidential debate, @AnnCoulter tweeted:

I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) October 23, 2012

Everyone should find that offensive on so many levels. My mind is jumbled just thinking about it. I don’t care who it is directed at, it’s just mean and wrong.

Special Olympics athlete and global
messenger John Franklin Stephens

My cousin, Nicci Gillette, posted this great response from Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens titled, “An Open Letter to Ann Coulter.”

Read it.

As it is from my heritage and practice, our nation and politicians (and most certainly people who say or think things similar to the above tweet) would be well served by recalling the commandment dealing with helpful and edifying words about others: “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.”

Clarifying from a Lutheran understanding of what this means: “We should fear and love God so that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, slander him, or hurt his reputation, but defend him, speak well of him, and explain everything in the kindest way.”

May this ever be our goal, our practice, and our mindset.


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