When Words Become Weapons

Words have power. They can educate, inform, or entertain. They can be used to shape how we think of our world around us. But, like any power, words can be misused. They can be potent weapons in cultural warfare, shaping how people think and believe. Since the 1950s a publication called the Associated Press Stylebook has been used by nearly all media outlets in the country as a way to standardize word meaning, grammar, and style. The Stylebook is updated every year as new words and terms enter our vocabulary. But, in recent years some of these changes seem to have a political agenda. Guests Roger Drinnon, Director of Editorial and Media Services for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and Peter Slayton, Social Media Manager for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, tackle this topic on today’s Free to be Faithful.