Recent attempts by Rush Limbaugh to mimic Hu Jintao have offended some people, perhaps especially those in the Asian American community.
As a francophone, I’d like to add how offended I was by an episode of Friends where Joey fakes the French language:
Meanwhile, Catherine Tate insults the entire world community by mocking seven languages, one from every major continent:
This language mocking must stop now!
UPDATE: Andrew suggested a couple of more really outrageous examples of language mimicry:
And how about this? Jacques Clouseau trying to speak English. This is an outrage to all French people trying to learn English:
Close to forty years ago Singer wrote a powerful paper in ethics on the culpability of rich people in allowing the poor of the world to die. And yet rather than read that paper and Singer’s other work on the plight of the world’s poor, self-righteous suburban evangelicals continue to drive their big fat SUVs, tithe 4% of their income (on average) and stand in judgment of his views on abortion. What damnable hypocrisy. Before you call Peter Singer evil try reading the parable of the sheep and goats half a dozen times whilst setting aside your self-righteous certainty that you’re a sheep and Singer is a goat.
Randal Rauser, Associate Professor of Historical Theology, Taylor Seminary, Edmonton
I live in literalville. I suppose Prof. Randal Rauser could provide nuance for the above quote that is cited at Triablogue, or perhaps deny that he made it. But I find it curious that he would prefer an atheist and an advocate of abortion–which is in my book the killing of youngest, poorest and most innocent human beings–over evangelicals who drive SUVs. Given that abortions in the last few decades number in the 100s of millions, it is a genocide of epic proportions. Millions of Rauser’s own contemporaries have already been snuffed out (as he was born circa 1975, after Roe vs. Wade).
I wonder also about the finances of Taylor Seminary. I know that they recently went through a financial restructuring. Hey, all you donors and friends of Taylor Seminary and College. Do you live in a suburb? Do you drive an SUV? Perhaps you think that abortion is worse than driving a SUV. Did you realize that your hard earned dollars were going to support a professor who thinks that your driving a SUV is damnable? Perhaps it’s time you got on the phone with the president there.
I’ve written about this sort of thing before. As a donor to theological education, I don’t understand why I, a business man and an investor, have to donate to progressive education which is inimical to those who create wealth. It’s a contradiction and an absurdity, when the livelihood of those who teach in theological education depends wholly on such people. For if we let this sort of thing continue, we will end up with theological students like PoserorProphet, and it is a waste of our money to help him along his way so he can teach others to be anarcho-marxist-zealot Christians like himself.
A suburban driver of a big fat SUV (but only when my wife lets me drive it), who “tithes” a mere 2.64% on average