Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Jim Stingl was scolded by readers for the OMG headline below. One wrote:
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.
Stingl’s response: “We’re supposed to keep God in Christmas but out of the headlines?”
He sought counsel from an old priest friend, who said “there’s great respect for the name of God, but that doesn’t mean we can’t ever use it in a lighthearted manner. Thank God the Packers won. Or the Brewers, who now need the last rites.”
The priest compares OMG with TGIF: “I think in both cases, thank God it’s Friday or oh my God, they’re not used in any sense disrespectfully.”
UPDATE: Stingl emails: “I’ve received some lively reaction from people on both sides of this question. You can find some in the reader comment section online. A few have suggested the real battleground is not OMG, but OMFG. I had no idea anyone would be offended by OMG, or at least enough to sit down and write an email.”