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Wednesday, 18 August 2010

A curious thing happened over at Facebook.

Dr. Laura, as you may have heard, has announced her decision to end her radio program, citing her desire to “regain her First Amendment rights.” The announcement followed several days after she made headlines for using the “N word” on air. As I often do, I left a comment on a post that I read over at The Huffington Post:

If her First Amendment rights were violated, for what did she apologize?

Leaving aside this one specific incident, Dr. Laura, whose Ph.D is in physiology, contributes to the nastiness that has overtaken contemporary society. She treats her callers with callousness and contempt rather than guiding them with compassion. Perhaps we will see a reduction in some of the vitriolic hatred…

I then shared a link on my Facebook page, figuring it might elicit a few responses. Out-of-nowhere, my “wall” was the location of a conversation that moved completely away from my main point.

I was very clear that my issue was not with last week’s incident. My problem has to do with the way she speaks to others. Did she offer some helpful advice? Sometimes. My criticism was not with the substance of her message. It was with the delivery system.

Dr. Laura, like so many “talk radio personalities,” speaks to people as though they are worthless. Clearly her callers are in need of some guidance and sometimes the reality they need to hear is harsh. But there is a kind and gentle way of giving hard-to-hear advice. Her words are callous and hurtful. While it may be for shock value, such speech is detrimental. There is a general lack of cordial speech in our society. People feel empowered to share their thoughts in vile and disgusting language.

Judaism is clear about the way in which we must speak to others. If you don’t believe me, check with my buddy, the Chofetz Chayim.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Rebgiraffe permalink
    Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:01 pm

    I hearily agree! I, too, have been disturbed by the callous and hateful ways in which people, more and more, talk about each other and to each other. This is a matter we should all work on within ourselves this Elul and during the High Holy Days to follow.

  2. Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:04 pm

    I absolutely agree with your point. I think your original post acted as a catalyst for people to sound off on the recent Laura Schlessinger issue. I can’t speak for the others, but in retrospect I should have started a new thread to comment specifically on the recent event.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Monday, 23 August 2010 11:27 pm

      Apology accepted. It really DID get out of hand. Guess I touched a nerve…

  3. Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:36 pm

    How about those Dodgers. Sorry, off topic, I know.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Monday, 23 August 2010 11:27 pm

      Oh Jack…

  4. Sara permalink
    Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:39 pm

    I had called in to Dr. Laura quite a number of years ago and as a human being, felt extremely disrespected. I needed help and what I got just made me feel like I needed it even more. There was no closure and still isn’t today.

    Thank you for your post.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Monday, 23 August 2010 11:28 pm

      And that is PRECISELY what I’ve been saying.

      I do hope that a time will come when you can find complete healing from her verbal disregard for you as a person in pain.

  5. Thursday, 19 August 2010 2:57 pm

    Good post; thanks.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Monday, 23 August 2010 11:28 pm

      Thanks for reading AND commenting, ID.

  6. threadzofblue permalink
    Thursday, 19 August 2010 7:19 pm

    You make a very good point, and I think there is a general decrease in civility between people these days. Has society gone collectively crazy?

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Monday, 23 August 2010 11:30 pm


      I am disheartened by the lack of civility. I just don’t understand it. And some days, it makes me really sad.

      Thanks so much for stopping by FS’s World!

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