Following the news on daily basis whether it happens to be newspapers, radio, television or the social media can be a real eye-opener on occasions.

One such Facebook rant that caught my attention recently concerned a post blasting Holly Lobby over a display that featured cotton plants. A Texas woman posted a photo of the “offending” display and wrote, “cotton – a prime export of the pre-Civil War South – in a vase was so wrong on so many levels.”

Following the news on daily basis whether it happens to be newspapers, radio, television or the social media can be a real eye-opener on occasions.

One such Facebook rant that caught my attention recently concerned a post blasting Holly Lobby over a display that featured cotton plants. A Texas woman posted a photo of the “offending” display and wrote, “cotton – a prime export of the pre-Civil War South – in a vase was so wrong on so many levels.”

She went on to say, “There is nothing decorative about raw cotton. A commodity, which was gained at the expense of Africa-American slaves. A little sensitivity goes a long way.”

In a similar matter, a dinner was held in the home of the president of David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee in which several African-American students were invited to attend. Cotton stalks were used as part of the centerpiece on the dinner table. Following the dinner, one of the students used the social media to express his or her opinion that the centerpiece was offensive.

Personally, I am sympathetic toward most of the African-Americans' agenda for social reform, but this isn't one of them. This is carrying sensitivity way too far. Tobacco, sugarcane and grains also were major exports of the old South. However, I don't see a whole of protesting happening when a man or a woman lights up a cigarette or cigar.

People it is time to turn our attention to more serious things in this world rather than spending our time trying to find something to be offended over. As singer songwriter Don Henley put it, “Get Over It.”

However, I am going to offer some things in today's world that I find myself offensive. They are not listed in any particular order of importance.

• Television and movies using the Lord's name in vain.

• Television and movies promoting promiscuous sex and violence.

• Video games exposing our children to violence.

• The number of young African-American lives being taken on a daily basis by their peers.

• Veterans that don't get a helping hand from the country in which they served.

• Politicians bickering over a health care bill, because they are being led around by the nose by powerful health care lobbyists.

• The madman that is behind the wheel of his destructive nuclear weapons.

• The men, women and children who are receiving inhumane treatment of at the hands of ISIS in the Middle East.

• Lack of respect by children of adults and other authority figures.

• The mass media that refuses to tell both sides of the story.

• Those on social media that spread vicious lies, rumors and half-truths.

The list could go on and on.

I told myself before I sat down to write this column that I was going avoid writing about the flag flap over the Star Spangled Banner by professional athletes but I am going to anyway.

Frankly, I hate seeing sports being turned in a political debate. Football, baseball, basketball, etc. over the years have a place where the everyday blue collar worker could escape the turmoil of the world and simply sit back and watch the action on the field or court.

Do I believe that players have the right to protest? Yes. Do I believe that this is proper way to protest? No, I do not.

There was a lot of wasted lives in a war that occurred over 150 years ago. Obviously the scars have not healed. I think that we should remember that a lot of men (black and white) died to set those slaves free. Old Glory was carried on all of the battlefield s and soaked up a lot of American blood. It should be treated with respect.

If there is just one veteran out there who is offended by knee-bowing rather than standing and placing one's heart is offensive then it should cease. There are other ways to express displeasure with a system.

The Bible clearly teaches us that if someone is offended by an action the other person should be willing to give it up – that includes statues honoring questionable Confederate heroes and discreetly displaying the Confederate flag.

There are a lot more import things to be concerned about than cotton displays.