As my religions class is winding down for the semester, we’ve been participating in class debates. A topic that has come up several times is what to do about something that some people find offensive. We’ve talked about controversial art work, cartoons, songs, books, and even about just verbally criticizing a religion.
Usually when the religious people in the class see something that is offensive to them they think it should be banned or censored. But why? Why should they be given special treatment? What about people who they offend? What if their entire religion offends me? Can I ask for it to be banned? What if the image of the crucifix offends me? Can I say that it is obscene and should be banned?
They see a symbol of their savior, I see a Roman torture and execution device that signifies their belief that all human beings are wicked sinners who need to buy their product if they want to be saved. It offends my intelligence and my views of the essential goodness of humanity. It’s insulting.
But no, for some reason they feel they deserve preferential treatment.