On the Right Not to be Offended


I briefly considered opening this blog with a controversial sentence likely to offend someone who disagreed– just to make a point. But my polite nature won out; that, and a desire to avoid an awkward conversation with my superiors, who might fail to appreciate a stylistic opening gambit.

Still, there was a point to be made:  in a free society people are allowed to say things that others dislike.  Nearly any position on a topic worth debating would probably offend someone, somewhere. It’s how debate goes. And depending on the topic, the Left predictably tells me to man-up (“person-up” for those offended by the expression) and get along. Example: I am offended my tax dollars pay for trash peddled as art, such as a crucifix submerged in urine. Response: Too bad, because we need artistic freedom. Example: I am offended by groups like the ACLU suing schools for using Internet filters to block obscenity. Response: Too bad, because kids need to learn things their parents might try to shield them from. Example: I am offended by Miley Cyrus’ infantile and crude… well, you know. Response: Lighten up, and why were you watching the MTV awards in the first place? And on it goes.

We frequently hear that in society, we must learn to get along – which generally means the other person demands I put up with what they say or do. But, flip the card and watch how quickly things change. Here’s an example. Certain groups (you know who you are) churn out a continual public rant on the so-called “separation of church and state.” Although not found in the Constitution or any founding document, there are times it makes sense. We don’t want government telling churches (or people) what they must believe; we don’t want to pay for a government-sponsored religion or grant a particular church a monopoly on weddings and funerals.

But these certain groups use the separation phrase as a tiresome mantra to bash any remote or benign religious expression that bothers them.  For example, lawsuits filed by those who don’t like that God is mentioned in the Pledge of Allegiance even though they themselves can simply choose to be silent.  Another example comes from a case called Town of Greece v. Galloway an attack on the way citizens pray before a town meeting. The town practice permits any citizen of any faith, or no faith at all, to voluntarily deliver an opening invocation.  The town allows people to pray in their own tradition with no editing or interference.

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