I’d say ‘Disgusted, of Tunbridge Wells’ is apoplectic at this stage.
Remember ‘Disgusted, of Tunbridge Wells’? He/She was one of BBC Points of View’s, “Why, oh why…” crowd.
I hear, lots of peeps were offended by the ad with The Lord’s Prayer in it.
Did nobody learn anything from the Go Compare Man?, the Crazy Frog? or The Christmas Shoes song ? The more you try to stop something, the more popular and talked about it is! The video has gone viral!
So, do you want to know what offends me????
No of course you don’t. 🙂
Actually, there are things I don’t like and don’t agree with; but I’m actually offended by very little.
I thought it was very interesting that Richard Dawkins spoke up about the issue. He told the Guardian: “My immediate response was to tweet that it was a violation of freedom of speech. But I deleted it when respondents convinced me that it was a matter of commercial judgment on the part of the cinemas, not so much a free speech issue. I still strongly object to suppressing the ads on the grounds that they might ‘offend’ people. If anybody is ‘offended’ by something so trivial as a prayer, they deserve to be offended.”
On this one point… I agree with him. I think lots of people get offended way, way, WAY too easily. Be they people of faith or not. I find that some people are ‘eager’ to be offended. If they hear that something offended their friend, they will seek it out to see if it offends them, and then they’ll talk about how offended they are.
There was a time where debate and discussion were positive things. Most of the time nobody’s opinion is changed by a good wrangle with an issue, but hearing the other side is worthwhile. It’s an important thing, thrashing out the issues of the day.
Sadly, the bulk of it gets played out in the cesspool of insult and innuendo – or Twitter as it’s more commonly known.
You know the King James version of the Bible, Matt 5:29 says, “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out.” The more modern language translations say, “If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out.” How many things do we watch and hear that ‘offend’ us, and we don’t even realise. All sorts of sex, violence, bad language goes zooming across our screens. Now I’m not the TV police, people have the right to watch whatever they want. But the ol’ heckles being raised fast and furious over a two thousand year old prayer…?
One thing I do know, Christianity has been trod on, vilified, hated and persecuted since the Man who started it all was nailed to a Cross! I’ve no doubt it’ll survive a bit of censorship.
Hope that doesn’t offend anybody 😉