One thought on “Offense”

  1. Invoking offense is taken to mean that person or group A has affronted person or group B because of an action or statement. That P is offensive to S says nothing about whether S should be offended by P. I may be offended by someone holding a sign reading, “Don’t Legalize Gay Marriage”. Strictly speaking, my response of offense does not mean that the sentiment of this sign is wrong. But even if it is wrong, my being offended by the sign does not make it wrong.

    Thus, saying “P offends me” only indicates that I am offended by P. The question of note is whether S has a case that the offensive statement or action is morally wrong. Therefore, I suggest we drop the use of offense as having any logical or moral weight at all. Instead of shrieking in outrage or sulking in affront, perhaps a few logical arguments are in order.

    Christians throughout their history have been offended by anything that contradicts their religion, sexuality in particular, homosexuality specifically. Event after event reveals that they usually make threats and degrade, harm or kill those who offend them. No one should be intellectually intimidated by this—although one may rightly fear harm. That Christian C is offended by the fact that there are gay people in the world not mean that

    1. C should be offended.
    2. The gay community should do anything to accommodate the offense.

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