[Ads-l] profanity in music lyrics (UNCLASSIFIED)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 23 20:20:46 UTC 2015

On Wed, Dec 23, 2015 at 1:34 PM, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at uga.edu> wrote:
> Doesn't the decalogic prohibition of "taking the Lord's name in vain"
actually refer not to an idle exclamation like "Goddamn!" but rather to
false swearing (upon God's name) in a legalistic sense?

You are correct, sir!

Blasphemy: Verbal Offense Against the Sacred, from Moses ... - Page 51
Leonard Williams Levy - 1995 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions
Aquinas maintained that a person who asserted "something false about God"
took His name in vain even more than one who knowingly perjured himself
under oath. Given the extraordinary sanctity with which oaths were regarded

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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