Saturday, August 9, 2008

The "R" word revisited .....

Here we go again. I am going to make this as short and sweet as possible. Some may say, totally impossible for Heather. Nothing is short for that girl! Not tonight people. Tonight you catch a break. There are far too many other people who have said it far better then I ever could. You would be hard pressed over the last week, to wander around in blogoshere for too long and not read about this latest controversy. And rightly so. Tonight we review the "R" word. You know ..... retard. You know, the word that just rolls off peoples tongues like it's nothing. Out of "habit", not really "meaning" anything by it. No concern to the countless people out there that it offends and hurts. I have a link to the right, that if you haven't ever clicked on it before , please take some time and do now. It is an amazing piece of work,"Soeren Palumbos Speech on the Word Retard". Then I want you to click on a letter that an incredible man named Dave wrote. Then I want you to do a little reading about the soon to be blockbuster hit Tropic Thunder. After all that, I want you spend some time here with Zoey and her site, then visit, Sam and Parker and Rhett and Sheena and Reagan and Kennedy and Chelsea and Presley. And then, from there, get lost in the countless links from their sites. Links to some of the most amazing children and families that I know you will EVER come across. People who make this world a better and brighter place for all of us to live. Their very presence on this Earth give us glimpses into what God's perfect love and perfect Grace is all about. Then I want everyone to think twice before they or anyone else spends their hard earned money sitting through a movie, just for the sake of some laughs but in the end at the expense of the innocent. And finally, I want everyone to think twice before they or anyone around them EVER uses the "R" word again.

4 comments:

Kele said...

So wierd, as I finished reading this, feeling sad about the whole damn "R" word thing, the words of John Mayer's song on your blog start... "I hate to see you cry". That word just creates so much hurt. Surely something less hurtful can be used to get a frickin' laugh!!!!

Anna said...

Yes I had an embarassing situation with the R______ word yesterday evening. Ugh. I was just shocked that an adult used that word to describe someone so special.

Liz Ditz said...

It is time to take the "r" word out of circulation.

I've written a blog post, Words Hurt: The "r" Word, on Wanda and Rick Felty's campaign to "Ban the R Word", and Jenna Glatzer's pledge campaign, as well as the "Tropic Thunder" controversy. I've included a link to your blog.

Melissa said...

Well said Heather, well said!