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You can't even bleeping curse in the fundie universe

I think this level of batsh*t wingnuttery is going to drive me over the edge. The fundie campaign to stop outright cursing has now escalated to a need to shield bible-beaters ears from bleeps, their ability to lip read profanity and to digest a double-entendre. Commercials are simply getting too racy for the flat earth society and it is, according to experts in decency, something we should all be concerned about because of “the Bible’s warning concerning seduction and deception getting worse and worse.”

From Don Wildmon’s “news” organ, AgapePress:

Dodge, Comcast, and Volkswagen have all run recent ads utilizing the “bleep” technique to indicate profane words banned by FCC regulations from television and radio between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. In a Dodge commercial for its Caliber model, for example, a Muppet-like character shares that the car “scares the [bleep] out of me.” An official with Dodge tells USA Today the marketing ploy for its “Anything But Cute” car is an attempt to “straddle good taste and getting attention.” He then adds: “We think we’ve straddled it quite well.”

A Comcast ad promoting high-speed Internet service portrays a man who, after getting a “power boost” from the cable line, blitzes through a kitchen clean-up chore at lightning-fast speed — to which his wife exclaims: “Holy ….” A spokeswoman for Comcast says the end of the ad is not for shock value but merely to support the idea of making fast Internet performance even faster.

How about a Volkswagen ad promoting the built-in safety features in one of its models? Passengers in a new Passat blurt out “Holy …” after surviving a crash. Instead of hearing a profanity, viewers hear a voice-over saying “safe happens.” VW’s general manager for creative content tells USA Today that it was critical in the commercial that both the dialogue and scene be “extremely natural.” He contends that “… anyone who’s been in an accident, one of the first things you do is curse.”

In order to analyze this decline of society, they turn to an expert.

It is unlikely that Bill Johnson, president of the American Decency Association (ADA), would agree with these companies’ rationale behind the commercials. Besides pushing the legal and ethical limits, Johnson believes the advertising approach is designed to desensitize the general population.

This degradation, this desensitization leads to an accommodation and causes an erosion of our ability to recognize the difference between what is pleasing to God and what is not pleasing,” says Johnson… “Our nature is being changed and so, therefore, when we are exposed to innuendo and subtleties and deception and seduction, we want to have nothing to do with it,” he explains.

Hand this guy the remote control.

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