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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.

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  • James Bevis

    It is impossible to go through life not offending anyone. It seems Christians just by trying to live according to our morals, values, beliefs, etc. is going to offend others. It seems that when others offend us it is quite acceptable, but if we offend others all hell breaks loose. Just being pro-life, pro-second ammendment, conservative, etc. guarantees repercusions because they feel offended. What about me being offended when I hear God’s name being used invain and my Saviors name being used as a curse word?

    • mallen11

      Our feelings don’t count; only their’s because there are so many anti-God people running this country and in our courts and they will rule against us. Only God can help us fight against this evil and protect us.
      Ps 50:15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
      Ps 86:7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, For You will answer me.
      Jer 29:2 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to ME and I will listen to you.
      Ex 14:13-14 But Moses said to the people “Do not fear! Stand by and see the deliverance of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. “The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.”
      Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
      Psalm 118:29 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His loving-kindness is everlasting.
      Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
      I Sam 17:47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’s…, and he will give you into our hands.

      • James Bevis

        Right, offending us don’t count.

  • mallen11

    It is going to get worse and we need to be prepared with God’s Word in our soul to meet the onslaught of evil doers against us.

  • aceituna

    It is impossible to make decisions in life without offending someone!

  • Erik H Ahlblad

    What ever happened to majority rules? Everyone is going to be offended from time to time. Diverse Person Up!!