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Comment 11 by Border Collie :

I agree with Steve. This is the best article I've read in a long time. The belief that one should should not be subjected to something "offensive" is the belief of a small child. This entire phenom of the professional victim and "I'm offended" of recent years is getting very, very old.

I've noticed a lot of complaints about manger scenes, prayer before government meetings, etc., which I am quite sympathetic to, are couched in terms of "I am offended..." which I think is the wrong tack to take, because there is no right to not be offended. And the faithheads exploit this. They mock the complaint on these grounds. ("You don't have a right not to be offended, just ignore it or look away!")

"I, as a non-Xian, feel excluded..." is a little better, but I'd rather just invoke Jefferson, who pointed out that making people pay for the propagation of views they did not agree with "is sinful and tyrannical." THAT, I think, gets their attention better because it is an argument on more libertarian grounds. Of course if it's happening in the US you can also simply invoke the constitution, but the more clever Xians have some counter-arguments on tap for that one too.

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 05:06:39 UTC | #911034