Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
Originally posted by LucyStoner76
"Bad" languange, regardless of your personal feelings towards it, is not illegal.
This is just another example of how twisted we have become in this country, that a stupid T-Shirt will provoke more of a response from people than
many of the horrors going on in this world.
No. This is an example of how twisted this country has become that people think that they have the right to expose others to obscenity and profanity.
In fact, the airline has the right to set the standards for behavior and are to be commended for having done so.
Hopefully, I'm quoting properly this time. For some reason, I don't have the option to edit my first post, but I promise to figure it out.
I fully understand that private companies have the right to be discriminating on certain issues, but that is not the only issue. Southwest could do
that if they want, but it doesn't mean that their logic isn't flawed. We have to respect their decisions, but we don't have to agree with them.
And as far as their having the right to set standards, perhaps, but only for conduct on their plane, but not for society in general.
What would be your take if you or someone else were wearing a 'Jesus Saves' T-Shirt, and someone on the plane found the image of Jesus obscene, and
it made them so uncomfortable that they complained? Believe it or not, there are those that are just as offended by that as someone could be by this
Or perhaps something with an American Flag with a slogan like "These colors don't run." What if that offends some international tourist from who
knows where, and they complain?
Please don't assume I personally would be offended by these, and honestly I'm not, it's just a hypothetical question... Should these judgmental
and controlling tendencies continue, it's a nightmare scenario we might face. And if it escalates into other areas, we might as well get the book
burning pits ready again.
All I'm saying, is that obscenity is completely subjective.
I'm also not sure if it is realistic for parents of children to expect to walk out of their house and only have their child see that which they agree
with. There are some things in this world you should not have to explain to them? Well, I wholeheartedly agree, but it still isn't realistic.
I should not have to explain war to my child, but it is out there.
I should not have to explain pornography to my child, but they might see it from a friend at school without my consent.
I should not have to explain why men in white sheets burn crosses on lawns based on race and religion, but it happens.
I also have to explain why they saw pictures of torture and abuse at the hands of a minority of soldiers they should be able to trust, and try to get
the point across that it is not representative of all soldiers.
Sadly, I'm going to have to explain all of this to my child, while trying desperately to help get the point across that this behavior is not
representative of society as a whole. It's MY responsibility if bringing a life into this world that it be prepared for what to expect, and have the
knowledge for how to confront it, regardless of whether or not I agree with it.
To shelter my child, to hide all of the world's dirty laundry, would be a detriment to their development, and I would be leading them to enter the
world as an unprepared adult that cannot understand or cope with what is going on around them.
To keep my child ignorant of sin is to open the door for them to be potentially corrupted because they simply don't understand or have a frame of
I certainly would not opt to drop someone out of a flying airplane because their personal politics or appearance were a nuisance to me. That's
violent, incorrigible and just as childish as the stupid shirt to begin with. I assume I didn't have to take that seriously, and I don't, but it's
just an example of subjective reasoning. I don't think it's appropriate for someone to encourage murder on this site as a means of retaliation,
even jokingly, but you won't see me sending a complaint to ATS about it, because it would be hypocritical of everything I just said.
Democracy is not perfect, but it's the best we have so far and we should appreciate that.
Commending them is your personal perrogitive, not a requirement for all.