I noticed someone shooting the bird to another car in traffic. The first car was apparently in the lane he wanted to be in. That’s okay. The first guy was trying to offend the other, but the second car ignored him. There is no Freedom From Offense in the Constitution.
I was in a store and the music was playing a horrible song. I would have said it was “offensive” to my values, but that’s my choice to feel that way. There is no Freedom From Offense in the Constitution.
A painting at a museum I went to was, well, I couldn’t even look at it. But it was someone’s definition of “art” so I looked the other way. There is no Freedom From Offense in the Constitution.
The car beside me was playing loud, raucous music about hating and killing people. Even with my windows up, I could clearly hear the words. There is no Freedom From Offense in the Constitution.
A Christian supports gay unions and commitments, but believes Marriage in the traditional definition: the union of a man and a woman. A gay couple asks to have him make a cake to celebrate their “marriage” and he declines, feeling that anything he did would not be in keeping with what the couple believes to be a special occasion. The gay couple chooses to “be offended,” and, instead of going elsewhere, sues and puts the baker out of business. In truth, they were picking a fight and looking for offense.
Believing nobody has the right to offend you puts you in a higher class than others in your mind. It is the epitome of egotism. Who can really believe that nobody will ever offend them, either with intended or unintended offense? That means every MUST agree with them and act according to their particular rules of life. Um, NO!
But some people believe this is right? Because they find “Freedom From Offense” in the Constitution! And the funny thing is, it only protects THEM from being offended. Their Freedom of Speech still allows them to offend others.
“He who takes offense when none is intended is a fool.
He who takes offense when offense is intended is a bigger fool.”
— Attributed to Confucius