Years ago there used to be daytime game shows on every network. They were a staple item, so to speak. It was soaps, gamers and an occasional talk show -- Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin come to mind.
One of the very popular audience participation shows -- the technical name for game shows in that era -- was one called, "YOU DON'T SAY." Its concept was to get your partner to say a famous persons name based on clues. These clues were discerned when the player left off the last word of the sentence. From that the partner had to guess a famous name. An example. "The head of a college or university is usually referred to as the (blank). The hope is the partner would answer dean and then they would guess Dean Martin. Pretty simple stuff. Leaving off the last word was the gimmick of YOU DON'T SAY.
The point of the story is that the host of the show, first Jack Barry and later Tom Kennedy, would begin show with the immortal words, "It's not what you say that counts, it's what YOU DON'T SAY."
Well, perhaps this show has been brought back and you didn't know it. But from the feverish rantings against the Christian Journal, some people have gotten the memo.
From Raw Story comes this headline:
Ex-youth Pastor Describes Felony Sex Crimes as Extramarital ‘Friendship’ in Christian Journal
The clue here are the words, extramarital friendship when used to describe a pedophile rape.
The story goes on to talk about the apology letter the convicted youth pastor wrote and was printed online at the Christian Journal. It drew such ire that a hashtag was set up and used by hundreds of Twitter users urging Leadership Journal, which is published by Christianity Today, to #TakeDownThisPost.
What's got all of these folks in an uproar? Well, despite a 2,540 word essay of apology, the convicted child sex offending pastor neglected to mention the words "rape," “crime,” “law,” “statutory,” or “illegal.” Imagine an apology of 2,540 words and somehow none of the truly descriptive nouns or adjectives made their way into this essay?
How do you apologize for committing the illegal crime of statutory rape on a child which is obviously against the law without using those words. See, I used all of those words in one sentence. I didn't need 2000+ to do it.
And that's what got me thinking. Maybe this pastor is auditioning to be a contestant on the return of YOU DON'T SAY.
He's certainly got the concept down -- it's not what you say that counts, it's what you don't say. Where's that Tom Kennedy when you need him?