Hi James, do you mean that it is not shields and deeds all the way to Valhalla lol ? Good to see you again.
Bernie I am shocked, saddened and disappointed by your comment. So ethnic jokes and insults are acceptable on CM now? A viking joke? REALLY. This kind of behavior is the last thing I expected from you or anyone on CM. I was going comment before but I decided to hold off but I have since changed my mind as this thread has truly crossed the line. This is beyond uncharitable behavior. it makes me wonders if other ethnic jokes would not be shot down immediately as there would be more people to defend them if our threads would be permeated with them. This is not funny or right in any measure.
I suppose if you wanted to work at it, since Bernie was referencing a non-Christian mythology during a discussion of creation in a Christian forum, one could make the assumption that he was doing it to ridicule the culture of that mythology. But since the text does not require such an assumption on its face, that would require the person doing it to have reason to question Bernie's motives. (Or to simply be looking for a fight.)
Bernie has a long history of posting here, and that history shows that he is one of the people least likely to offer an insult to anyone, for any reason. He has always been one of the most congenial posters here.
That being the case, charitable behavior would demand that he be given the benefit of the doubt instead of immediately jumping his case and throwing some kind of "race card."
I see Bernie's comment as neither an ethnic joke and certainly not an insult of any kind, ethnic or otherwise. A viking reference, yes. But "ethnic joke?" Hardly- he could have substituted any other mythology for the same effect. And certainly not insulting to anybody who doesn't have a chip on their shoulder.
Maybe you want to live in world where nobody is allowed to make any cultural references whatsoever for fear that some hyper-sensative person is going to blow their stack, but I don't. And I doubt many people really do.