In another totally different thread, I saw some Christians (myself included) suggest that telling someone that you will pray for them is not offensive, despite some atheists who voiced differing opinions. My initial thoughts about this are that it wasn't intended as an insult, so none was intended and therefore no offence should be taken. But nonetheless people are offended anyway.
So, the point of this thread - in these two situations I notice two distinct points:
1- Both atheists and Christians appear self-justified in their ideas about stating their views on what is or is not offensive, and
2- Both atheists and Christians appear confused as to why someone might feel disrespected because of their resultant actions and beliefs.
I just thought I'd open this up for further discussion. Is one side or the other really going over the top in their confusion? Is one side being unreasonable, or are both sides guilty of not respecting others? Or is there actually nothing to be offended about and maybe some people are just a little too sensitive? As said, the premise seems based around the atheist/Christian dynamic but the thread really goes for any question in which people from different religious backgrounds might differ on an answer.
Anyway, just thought I'd open this up for debate. I'm looking forward to discussion on this topic. Going by both concurrent discussion there might be some polarisation in views here. Thanks for sharing
~ Regards, PA
Edited by Paranoid Android, 02 April 2012 - 06:19 PM.