|Shakespeare slung slang like no other, so I reserve the right to say things like forsooth motherfucker.--Daniel Roop|
I don't got that bad of a mouth, do I? Fuck shit ass bitch cunt, shooby-de-doo-wop?--Eminem
By now you probably know that President Bush was caught swearing today on a live mic while talking to Tony Blair at lunch (see the amused, straight to the point British reaction here or watch CNN drag it out for five minutes here).
Personally I couldn't care less. I enjoy swearing myself, as you've probably noticed. I find the evangelical reaction to swearing legalistic and peculiar, for a variety of reasons that I won't go into now.
That said, President Bush is the evangelical golden boy. Although Christian support for the President is waning, there are still many who believe the man can do no wrong. Many of these are the very same Christians who believe that good Christians don't swear. This presents a dilemma. It's pretty clear from both the video tape, and Bush's previous instances of swearing, that this isn't an isolated incident. Rather, it's what Bush always does behind closed doors. Again, I'm fine with it. But this raises an important question. If good Christians don't swear, and George Bush does, shouldn't we conclude that our President is not a good Christian?