You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: I am offended by that! People have been saying that more and more these days, using that very phrase to dismantle public displays of Christianity, stomping on people’s rights to say, “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah”, not allowing certain types of speech to take form in the work place and much more. Is it true that our “sensitivity” has overtaken our common sense and means to have meaningful and needed debate? I believe it has. It is more believable that people aren’t truly offended, but are just not positive about change, or anything that challenges their thinking or way of life. And it is still prevalent in today’s society. Many news stories show recent examples of how overly sensitive people have crushed the free rights of others.
Case in point,
Another example of oversensitivity in our country is the outcry of a few who say God is too prevalent in our society. Historical landmarks have been removed and are trying to be removed by those who say they are offended by God. When did they ask if people of faith were offended by their secular beliefs? Not once. Where is the concern for Christian feelings in all of this? No where.
In King County one year, city employees, including bus drivers, were not allowed to say Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah. Doesn’t that impede on the employees rights to religious freedom? So someone on the bus gets offended. Big deal! There are things said about Christians and Jews that are truly vicious and offensive, but you don’t see them trying to stomp on the secularist’s first amendment rights.
I’m sure that pretty much anyone reading this can remember the Clinton years where we all had to struggle with the politically correct form of the English language. Dare to say that you saw a black man, instead of an African American, you could really be looked down upon and, if you were lucky enough, maybe that person would get so offended they would drag you into court and win. The other one I remember so well was the word harassment. When I was in high school, there was a big deal made about how you pronounced that word. You weren’t supposed to say it as it sounds, the right way. You were suppose to say it as hair -as-ment. Therefore you would be avoiding any form of the word “ass” when speaking. Taking this into consideration, I think it’s clear that our society just becomes more and more paranoid about hurting people’s feelings and therefore do whatever they can to force people to “watch their mouth”. Just like good old mom taught us. So what are we suppose to do in a debate? How are we suppose to state facts in a court room if our language is restricted? This link will show you an example of that:
Now we come to the bigger picture of the offended and sensitive nation that we are becoming more and more everyday. There are policies that some politicians are putting or trying to put into place so that people’s feelings are not hurt by law. Examples of that would be restrictions on immigration that allow for amnesty just so we don’t anger any illegal immigrants that are already here. After 9-11 we heard a lot about racial profiling at the airports and how people felt it wasn’t fair. So, they started going after little old ladies and people who couldn’t pose a threat if they tried. These are big deals! Illegal immigration is a big deal and no law should be passed based on how upset people who are breaking the law may get. Security at the airport is an even bigger deal! I mean, let’s really use our common sense here. I really don’t want to be blown up on a plane and if the majority of terrorists look a certain way, then by all means, please allow me and my family to be safe and CHECK THEM OUT!
Now I come to the Homosexual movement of America. I used to live in downtown Seattle. I have seen the gay pride parade that marches down the streets of Capitol Hill every year. Believe me when I tell you, it is the most disgusting and perverse human display of sexuality I have ever seen. It was truly offensive to me, but I never said anything, because offensive or not, they have a right to do it by law. However, they are really pushing their rights to gay expression by making society see them as victims of choice rather than independent thinkers who made the choice to live that way. There are clubs in public schools about gay pride. Sex clubs is what they should be called. Because if they want to be as accepted as heterosexuals, than should heterosexuals have their own club too? There are assemblies and teachings going on in the public school system, that we pay for, that teach that being homosexual is okay and safe. And if anyone says this is wrong to be teaching to kids or that they are offended by that kind of teaching, look out. Because it is offensive to them that you would try to “silence” their “movement”.
But, this overly sensitivity and easily offended attitude can go both ways. There’s another article I found coming from
Take into account the internet bloggers and their offensive comments. There are some that would love to see a law that blocks that kind of content on the internet. But, where is the free speech? There is a difference between offensive content and dangerous content. If someone is threatening you I would consider that dangerous and illegal and I would urge you to make that 911 call immediately. But, if it’s someone posting porn or using foul language, then report them so the company the site is owned by can ask that person to abide by the rules, or just don’t go there anymore.
We all hear about the music being bad for kids these days. Some groups pay loads of money to do studies on the music and the kids and the stores and more. The bottom line is that boycotting a product or store, or what have you, can send a bigger message than anything else you could do to that company to stop offering that to consumers. But, if you’re out there supporting that in any way, you really can’t complain. Common sense. Match point! Get it?
Look at Howard Stern. My gosh! The man was considered the most offensive DJ of all times. Yet millions listened to him and still do. Michael Savage is extremely brutal in his views, but he gets listeners because people like the debate. Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reillly. Do you think these kind of men got to where they are by being sensitive to every little person who didn’t like what they had to say? NO! Did they go home to their mommies and cry because someone said something offensive to them? NO! They faced it head on without imposing a lawsuit on the person. One of the greatest ideas any great speaker puts out there is: That’s the truth. If you don’t like it, too bad. Reality sucks.
Even more evidence of this sensitive national crime can be seen
But, this sensitivity to free speech, that is controversial and challenging, doesn’t end with these little stories. Politicians are now having a go at talk radio. The Fairness Doctrine Act, sited
Being offended is every American’s right. If you’re not laughing at that, then you truly are the type of person this article is aimed at. If you can’t handle the free speech of others, then by all means, move to a country where there is no free speech. I’m sure you’ll be much more content there. In the mean time, sit back and take in the variety and numerous opinions of one of the most diverse nations in this world. Taking it for granted by telling people to shut up because you don’t agree with them is not what free speech is all about. If you don’t agree with that, you’re either not from this country and just don’t get the terminology of “free speech” or you don’t like people disagreeing with you because … well, you’re always right and, let’s face it, nobody likes a challenge.World Net Daily has an article revealing the City of Oakland as First Amendment losers. Just my name for them, not the article’s. The City of Oakland has made it possible for municipal employers to censor certain words in the workplace. This ought to go over well, you think? Let’s take a hypothetical: A man who looks at porn all day long owns his own business. He has decided that all forms of language are not acceptable except that which would permit him to discuss sex, in anyway he chooses, in front of any employee he chooses. There are sexual harassment laws, but there are loop holes to any law in this country. The problem with this decision in Oakland is that it is not the employer’s job to dictate what you can or can not say in the workplace. How you behave in the workplace and whether or not you’re doing your job should be your employer’s only concern. World Net Daily.Portland, OR, about a lesbian couple kissing on a transit bus. Another female girl complained about it and the kissing girls were kicked off the bus. The driver is now facing some form of punishment. What was that complaining girl trying to do? Make a statement? Well she certainly did by saying she doesn’t tolerate that kind of behavior and wants nothing to do with people like that. With that kind of sensitive outburst, you can see where the hypocritical stereotype would place her. here, in the story of one Christian in Louisiana. Cops were given the power to arrest him if he preached about God on the corner. But, their law is existent not just to keep people from being offended. No, my friends. It is in place to stop people from being annoyed. Where is our tolerance? Not here apparently. There’s one town I’ll never visit.here, clearly states it’s agenda to have everyone be “fair and balanced”. This would eliminate the need to democratic radio and republican radio. Life would not be good. Everyone loves talk radio. It’s not just informative, but very entertaining. Just think about how dull life would be without the kind of talk radio we have now. The whole purpose of this act is to render the host’s speechless when it comes to controversy and challenging thoughts. Wouldn’t want to offend anyone who chooses to listen to that station, now would we?