Newspeak Dictionary Update: Delete “Christian”

The purpose of Newspeak is to limit language by gradually restricting vocabulary, and thereby limit thought. This will allow Party Members to avoid the snares of thought crime. The next word to be struck from the Newspeak Dictionary will be “Christian”:

Lois McGinnis and her family own Cedar Springs Christian Store. They recently decided to close a second location of the store so they decided to place an ad in the classified section of the newspaper, which is owned by Gannett.

In addition to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Gannett owns many other local papers (e.g., the Arizona Republic, the Des Moines Register, the Detroit Free Press), as well as USA Today.

The advertisement read: “Store closing sale – Cedar Springs Christian Store – Clinton Highway location – All merchandise, fixtures, slat walls must go. Sale through August 13, phone 865.947.XXX.”

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But the ad failed to appear…

So Mrs. McGinnis phoned the newspaper and spoke with a classified ad employee.

“She said our ad did not run because it contained an offensive word,” she told me. “I asked what that offensive word was and she said the offensive word was ‘Christian.’”

She said the News Sentinel did not notify her in advance the ad had been rejected nor did they call to say they were refunding her money.

For once a tale of totalitarian moonbattery has a happy ending. Public outrage forced the News Sentinel to pretend that the ad did not appear due to a “system failure.” The ad was allowed to run “for an extended period at no extra charge.”

Maybe East Tennessee is not the best place to try to ban the word “Christian.”

All the same, it is clear that members of the Inner Party consider the word to be offensive. The last people still using it will be regarded with suspicion, so be proactive and strike “Christian” from your copy of the Newspeak Dictionary today.
Avoid thought crime; keep it up to date.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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