Do you think you have the right to not be offended?
I was listening to the radio the other night/early morning on my way home from work. They were talking about a meter maid giving a guy a ticket for parking illegally. She spotted the car, and then the bumper sticker and said out loud to herself, "Oh, I am definitely writing you a ticket." The car owner overheard her and they argued over the sticker and her comment. He fully admits to deserving the ticket, and she admits the comment was rude, but that is not the part of the story we are discussing. Nor the sticker's message.
The show host asked, "Who's the bigger jerk? The lady that made a rude comment, or the guy who put his opinion on a sticker on his car for anyone to see and comment on? Was he looking for attention?"
Do we have the right not to be offended by someone else's opinion?
Do we put ourselves out there to be ridiculed?
I honestly don't think you can have the right to free speech and the right to not be offended at the same time. Just because you don't like what someone is saying, doesn't mean they don't have the right to say it, and vice versa. If you use your right to say how you think or feel, you are also opening up the door to be offended with someone else's right to say how they think or feel.
How do we work on getting thicker skin, since the right to free speech isn't going away and there seems to be a lot of attention on offensive material lately?