Are we to walk on eggshells in order to avoid offending anyone? Shall we make a list of all words, terms, phrases, questions and images that might be considered offensive to any person or group of people? Do we just sit quietly and politely nod to any belief, and praise all religions, even if we believe in another one or none?
I'm all for being politically correct, but really, it seems that the notion is being pushed beyond anything reasonable--to the point of censuring everything that isn't put in Pollyanna terms. What happened to debate? What happened to this section that even light-hearted remarks can be taken the wrong way and injure another member?
In one recent question, I posted a picture of Chaac, the Mayan God of Thunder and said that I know he exists because it stormed where I live and I heard him. It was a joke, meant to be light-hearted. I wasn't trying to insult anyone. If I wanted to offend, I could have come up with something far worse than claiming to have proved the existence of an obscure god of an ancient civilization. My jaw is practically on the floor with amazement at the over-sensitivity of some people. Are we to just praise all beliefs, and never, ever say anything that might be misconstrued as "offensive"?
In a question on the R&B side, I learned that even the word "supernatural" is considered offensive by some. Here is the Encarta online definition of supernatural:
What else are we to avoid mentioning?Answer Question
Answer by Gremlyn1980 at 1:41 PM on Jul. 5, 2011
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Answer by daps at 2:02 PM on Jul. 5, 2011
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Answer by NotPanicking at 2:11 PM on Jul. 5, 2011