Wisconsin reader threatens journalist with eternal damnation for "OMG" headline

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The headline that allegedly jeopardized a Wisconsin columnist's soul.
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In a humorous touch, a copy editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tailored the headline for a recent Jim Stingl column about Wisconsin's 17-year-old Fastest Texter Champion to read as follows: "OMG! 17yo wins 50k in txting comp"

Harmless enough, right? You'd think so, but two emailers scolded Stingl for using God's name in vain. One even warned him that he could wind up in hell for disrespecting The Big Man Upstairs.

Here's the emailer's message:
I don't know if you write the headlines for your articles, Mr. Stingl, but I do know that OMG stands for Oh My God, and I do know that God tells us that the use of His name in a disrespectful or empty manner is sin, and that there are eternal consequences for those that willingly engage in that type of sin.
If that's true, then heaven must be sparsely populated. Nonetheless, even though he doesn't actually write his headlines, Stingl was concerned enough that he felt compelled to write a column where he ran the issue by a Wisconsin priest named Guy Gurath.

Thankfully for Stingl's soul, Father Gurath told him he has nothing to be worried about.

"There's great respect for the name of God, but that doesn't mean we can't ever use it in a lighthearted manner," he said, citing "Thank God the Packers won" as an appropriate use of His name.

After the controversy was covered by Jim Romenesko on his journalism blog, Stingl wrote to him and shared some of the reaction his "OMG"-isn't-a-big-deal column received from Journal Sentinel readers.

"A few have suggested the real battleground is not OMG, but OMFG," Stingl wrote, adding that he "had no idea anyone would be offended by OMG, or at least enough to sit down and write an email."


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17 comments
Biz Kellam
Biz Kellam

LOL! OMG! TMO! WTF! BFD! Ok, any I missed? ;-0

Eric Larsson
Eric Larsson

Really. What is great about America is that you have half the citizens humorlessly railing against wanton acts of debauchery (such as writing OMG); and the other half writing hilarious commentary. And both get equal time. Take that, China!

Jeremy Hop
Jeremy Hop

The English language being dumbed down by this "txt" generation. Blogs are worse yet with no regard to typical journalist's fact checks.

Pbennington
Pbennington

@citypages - The only "eternal consequences" would to be stuck in the afterlife with these nutbags. Yet another reason why #wisconsinsucks

Shawn Van Briesen
Shawn Van Briesen

So, if you don't get eternal damnation (and I am trying for that, mind) do you have to spend eternity with boner patrol members like that?

A1batross
A1batross

It's like the Christian Taliban are hidden just under a thin, and thinning, veneer of civility. Keep voting Tea Party and we'll have witch burnings and public stonings in short order.

Erins_Voice
Erins_Voice

@atrupar At least that pastor allows the usage of, "Thank God the Packers won." #OhWisco

Lynne Rollins
Lynne Rollins

OMG!! Pitiful, people really just have too much time on their hands.

Lynne Rollins
Lynne Rollins

OMG!! Pitiful, people really just have too much time on their hands.

knarfblack
knarfblack

Good thing they didn't go with the original headline "Fuck Jesus! Some Kid Won a Texting Competition!"

atrupar
atrupar

@Erins_Voice I'd imagine he's fine with "Thank God for Pabst" then too :)

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