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Boycotting the R-Word

I have heard a lot of people talking lately about boycotting the movie, “Tropic Thunder” due to its derogatory approach to people with intellectual disabilities. However, I am not in favor of a boycott for a couple of reasons: first, because I think they all too often miss the point and are rarely (if ever) successful.  (Does anyone really think Carter ended the cold war by boycotting the 1980 summer games?)  That being said, I do think there is a level of disrespect rampant in our society directed toward a great many individuals.  Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities are often the target of this disrespect (though not the only target).  There is a definite assault on the image of God within our society.  While "Tropic Thunder" might promote this disrespect, it is certainly not the cause or the worst offender.  The subtleties of disrespect and disparagement are often the most dangerous attacks on an individual.  That being said I hope the attention brought about by this movie might bring about a more profitable discussion in society not only about how we refer to another member of humanity, but (more importantly) how we treat other members of humanity.   

Before people begin to argue that "this is all a lot of PC garbage" I would remind you of a couple of things.  
First, the Bible is replete with admonishments about how we use our words. Basically, is what we call people acknowledging their shared status as equal members in the humanity and as equal participants in the redemption of Calvary?  Or, do our words bely a unstated feeling of "other" or "inferior?"  
Second, when we use certain words in reference to people we abdicate our responsibility as a moral member of society.  What do I mean?  I mean the anti-PC response to someone who finds certain words offensive is to say, "don't be so sensitive."  (Occasionally, this is merited, but not as often as these people would like to think.) This response removes us from the responsibility of being more sensitive and, yes, moral and places that burden on another, effectively removing us from the moral community.
I just think it's something to think about the next time we refer to a broken remote control or vending machine as "retarded" and then refer to an image bearer of God with the same word. I think it is incumbent upon the Church to focus on boycotting our own use of disrespectful attitudes and actions towards our fellow image bearers before we focus on other pursuits.