I know some of you may not believe this but it’s never my intention to be offensive or rude, either here or in “real life”.But I do know that sometimes I offend. And I think I do that by showing a lack of respect.
I just cannot agree that we have to respect each other’s views. I respect your right to HOLD those views but I don’t have to respect the views themselves. And your right to hold whatever views you want doesn’t also give you a right to use them to determine the way I live my life. If you want to believe that the world is flat, I’ll defend your right to believe that. But don’t expect me not to laugh. And don’t be offended when I discover that you’re a Qantas pilot and I refuse to get on your plane.
In some people’s mind, religious beliefs deserve some sort of special protection from ridicule and derision. We’re always being told that we mustn’t offend people’s religious views. Why on earth not?
Why should I respect your view to allow your child to die rather than allow her to have a blood transfusion? Although I wouldn’t normally condone violence, I’d have a lot more respect for a mother who killed to protect her child than one who just stood by, when she was perfectly able to save her child’s life.
It’s apparently reasonably acceptable to poke fun at the newer religions. Who, except Tom Cruise, hasn’t laughed out loud at the beliefs of Scientologists? But what adherents of the older religions don’t seem to get is that there an awful lot of us who find their beliefs just as crazy. A misunderstanding/lie/fairy story doesn’t become a fact because it’s been passed on through the generations for a few thousand years. But the Big Three have acquired a protection from criticism in some quarters.
Well, not in this quarter. If you’re a Nazi, a racist, a creationist or a Christian, then your views will find no respect here. I may respect your humanity (though that’s pushing it a bit in the case of a Nazi or racist) or the way you live your life, but never your beliefs.
And if you find that offensive, all I can do is ask that you show some respect for MY views. And stop reading my blog.