Generally speaking, Jesus Christ is a name, and therefore not a form of profanity. One could speak about God, Jesus Christ, Allah, Buddha, Mohammed, or any other name associated with a religion without being accused of being inappropriate. Therefore, from a general standpoint, such terms should not be banned from public schools.
However, when used in a certain context, certain terms can and do become offensive. While the angry freshman yelling “Christ!” as another student pushes him into a locker could be judged less offensive than many four letters words available, it certainly is a sign of disrespect.
Many people will argue that the perceived offense behind using this word in a malicious manner applies to Christians alone. Yes, those who were raised to not only believe in, but also to respect and honor Jesus as our Lord and savior, would certainly cringe at his name being used in such a way. But does this mean that those who do not believe in Him, or hold him in the same regard should be allowed to say as they please?
Absolutely not. To disregard the religious belief of another so as to use such an important figure in one’s faith in a derogatory way is to effectively take the feelings and belief of that person and stomp it into the dust. It is disrespectful, at the least.
There is an advertising campaign made of commercials featuring celebrities asking “what if someone used who you are as an insult”? This is in an effort to stop people from saying “that’s so gay” meaning that something is stupid or uncool. There is a huge conflict of the use of the “N word” in both everyday life, and popular culture. That is because these terms or phrases are found offensive to people of certain groups, and the terms are made even more offensive when spoken by someone outside of those groups. Why should these groups be protected, while Christianity is not? After all, if Jesus is just a name, then words like “gay” and racial slurs are simply collections of letters thrown together. They are just words, right?
Whatever happened to respecting each other? Why must the focus always be on one or two groups at a time, while every one else is forgotten about, and their complaints are deemed ridiculous and dramatic? When did freedom of religion become silencing of religion? And why is it, that instead of trying to move to a greater good, and correcting past discrimination and wrongdoing, society always tries to “balance it out” by making one previously oppressed side feel better about themselves, and ignoring those around them until the situation reverses into one giant, flip-flopping cycle?