The Daily Jot

If you are looking for offense, you'll find it

In giving advice or counseling about personal relations, I often answer accusatory questions with a simple phrase, “If you are looking for offense, you’ll find it.” There are any number of issues that you can drum up in your mind and justify about anyone or anything if you look hard enough. That’s where we are in today’s society. Everywhere you turn, people are offended. You can’t say something about liking tomatoes without someone saying that it is racist. The most innocent of comments are interpreted as something of ill intent. Such is the case with a simple song that has become associated with the holiday season. Most view it as a fun duet, others want it banned because they say it advocates date rape. 

According to Wikipedia, ““Baby, it’s Cold Outside” is an Academy Award-winning popular song written by Frank Loesser in 1944, which gained wide recognition in 1949 when it was performed in the film Neptune’s Daughter. Loesser wrote "Baby, It's Cold Outside" to sing with his wife, Lynn Garland, at their housewarming party in New York City at the Navarro Hotel. They sang the song to indicate to guests that it was time to leave.” The female singer says she should be leaving and the male part says “But, baby it’s cold outside.” He tries to get her to stay. The woman keeps saying “no” to the man’s urgings to stay. At one point, the woman wonders, “What’s in this drink?” It’s been considered an innocent, and fun holiday classic.

That is, until left wing thought police and ultra-feminists decided that the song was an anthem for date rape and violence against women. Actor/singer Dean Martin made the song part of his Christmas performances and his daughter Deana Martin has carried on the tradition. Martin defended the lyric about the drink on Fox News Monday, saying, “When she says, ‘Hey, what’s in this drink?’ I don’t think she’s talking about some pill being put in that drink. It’s like, ‘Is this punch? You know, what’s in this drink? Is it vodka? It was nice. It’s just breaking my heart that people would turn that around.” Feminists have verbally attacked Martin for singing the song, and she calls her attackers “crazy.” Even a radio station in San Francisco banned the song, but had to reinstate it because of the public backlash.

There is a terrible trend in society these days of accusing people of awful things when they never even thought of them. The accusers are the ones who think and do the things they accuse. These accusers are judging from the content of their own hearts. The scribes accused Jesus of blasphemy for forgiving the sins and healing a man with palsy. In Matthew 9:4, Jesus rebuked the scribes, asking, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?” Unfortunately, there are enough vile people in the world to turn the most innocent of things into something offensive. They are coming from perverse minds and looking for offense. Like the scribes, they put an evil focus on the good things. Next thing you know, these offended people will be wanting to ban public prayer, school Christmas plays, and Nativity scenes in the town square. Wait a minute…they have. 

Have a blessed and powerful day,

The Daily Jot Staff 

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