Pet Peeving

Some people you can tell absolutely anything and they will believe it.  Others question everything, even proven truths.  I’d like to think most of us are somewhere in the middle.  I’d like to, but I received the following email a half-dozen times in the last week ….

HERE IN AMERICA

Diamond Rio

A Song Some Radio Stations Are Banning:  Please keep this song going. The song you are about to listen to is from a Diamond Rio concert held in Las Vegas. They received an immediate, resounding standing ovation, and continue to do so every time they perform it! Sadly, major radio stations wouldn’t play it because it was considered “politically incorrect.” Consequently, the song was never released to the public. So, America , see what you think. If this offering speaks to your heart and you feel you want to share it with friends and loved ones, please do.

One of the emails went so far as to blame President Obama for personally banning the song.  First off, if he did try such a thing, you know every radio and TV station in America would be playing it long and loud and screaming censorship.  Secondly, I am certain President Obama has better things to do than ban a song first released in 2005!

So, if you’re one of the people blindly passing on hate-mongering emails, please stop.  We have enough real things to worry about without manufacturing hysteria.  Before you forward that next sensational piece of email, click here: Snopes.com and do a web search on it.  Here are the results of my Snopes-search for the email above: Diamond Rio: In God We Still Trust.

And — as long as I’m up here on my soapbox anyway — another thing that sets my teeth on edge are those emails that insinuate I am going to die if I don’t pass them on! Worse yet are the ones that threaten me in Jesus’ name.  “Prove you love Jesus by sending this on to 45 people and terrorizing them in the name of God and Heaven!”  For those of you who quake under these onslaughts and pass the emails on just in case …. I do not pass them on.  I haven’t passed them on in years.  I am still living and breathing.  And Jesus still loves me. I trust the same would hold true for you.

Enjoy the song anyway — it’s one of my favorites.  I was listening to it the other day in the grocery store — over the general speaker.  That is one thing I love about Hawaii.  You will find music to suit your every taste and mood playing in a variety of stores.  Here one doesn’t have to apologize for loving God.