October 06, 2006
The right to offend

People seem to feel that they have a right not to be offended these days. I think it's worth pointing out that there is no such right.

So, of you don't like the play, don't watch it.

And what's more, as Richard Dawkins rightly points out, there really is no rational reason that religious beliefs should be entitled to any more respect than any other beliefs. (The archaic blasphemy laws, which currently grant special protection to Christian beliefs, should be scrapped rather than extended to cover other religions.) There is no such thing as "different kinds of truth". A thing is either true, or it isn't.

Prompted, as I'm sure you've guessed, by Jack Straw's perfectly reasonable comments, that he was uncomfortable with people not being willing to show him their faces, and that veils probably serve to inhibit cultural integration. Lucky your Religious Tolerance bill never made it to law, eh Jack?

Posted to The Big Room by Simon Brunning at October 06, 2006 02:27 PM
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