I see that the Kaiser Chiefs did well at the Brits this year. Good for them; I quite like their music. However, I have not bought their album, and neither do I plan to.
Because I am quite a stickler for the Commandment "do not take God's name in vain". It annoys me when people use "oh my God" as an exclamation and though the song with that title is (irritatingly) catchy I don't get on with it lyrically. To say I find it offensive might be a bit of an exaggeration, but I certainly don't want to endorse it.
I guess that in a world of free speech people can sing about what they like. There are doubtless many Christians and Jews who find The Kaiser Chiefs' song offensive, but who just get on with life quietly. But would the reaction be the same if the song was about Mohammed for example, or would we see more extremists inciting murder and burning embassys?
The lack of respect for God's name which has developed is quite interesting; no-one ever exclaims "oh Buddha!" if they do themselves an injury, and no-one ever invokes Mohammed's name when they receive bad news. So why is it acceptable to treat God (or Jesus, or Christ...) as a swearword?
On another note, Ian popped up for dinner last night, and it was a quality evening, and good as ever to catch up.