The "I'm Offended" Germ Seems To Have Infected Everyone
By Chuck Baldwin
Food For Thought From The Chuck Wagon
April 1, 2005 Never in my life have I witnessed a generation of
people so easily offended. It's an epidemic! Furthermore, the "I'm offended"
disease has infected virtually everyone without regard to race, ethnicity,
religion, or political persuasion. Everyone, it seems, has come down with
In fact, some people seem to make their living at being offended. While we
argue the varying degrees of victimization on the part of those who have
suffered loss at the hands of violent criminals, one thing seems to be
accepted without argument: no one has the right to offend anybody!
For example, Blacks are offended by the Confederate Flag. Whites are
offended if someone suggests there might be inequities in court sentences
for black people. Hispanics are offended if they are asked to speak English.
Women are offended if someone suggests they are nature's nurturers. At the
same time, men are offended if they are told it is their job to discipline
Neither does one's religion insulate them from the "I'm offended" sickness.
Evangelicals are offended at Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ"
because Mel is a Roman Catholic. Catholics are offended when one (rightly)
credits the founding of America by mostly Christian Protestants. Mormons are
offended when people refuse to accept their doctrines into the mainstream of
Christianity. Not to be outdone, Evangelicals are offended when Mormons do a
better job at evangelizing than they do.
Furthermore, liberals and conservatives suffer equally from the "I'm
offended" plague. Liberals are offended if anyone dares suggest that women
do not have a constitutional right to kill their unborn babies. Meanwhile,
conservatives are offended if anyone dares suggest that there is no
constitutional right for a U.S. President to attack and kill people in other
countries absent a Declaration of War from Congress and legitimate threat by
that country against America.
Neither does age seem to make a difference. Elderly people are offended if
someone says they drive too slow and need to get out of the passing lane.
All the while, young people are offended if they are told their music is too
loud and that normal people really don't want to see their underwear hanging
When it comes to politicians, the only time conservatives or liberals seem
to get upset with misconduct or maleficence of those in office is when it is
committed by the other party's leaders. In fact, the only time they are not
offended is when it is their own leaders who are guilty.
It is also more than interesting that this writer has received "I'm
offended" rebukes from both liberals and conservatives, whites and blacks,
Mormons and Evangelicals, men and women, Republicans and Democrats, as well
as national leaders from among the secular left and from the Religious
Right. I guess you could say that while I'm not personally infected with the
"I'm offended" virus, I appear to be a carrier.
© Chuck Baldwin