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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Right Not To Be Offended

Yesterday, we talked about a failed attempt to remove Bibles from Navy hotel rooms. Atheist organizations had complained that allowing the Gideons to provide free Bibles is a violation of religious liberty.

That sort of complaint forgets that atheism itself is a religion. Not believing in God is just as much a religious view as believing in God. Removing Bibles from the rooms is just as much an imposition of atheism as the presence of the Bibles is an imposition of Christianity. In fact, I think the removal is more of an imposition. An atheist who finds a Bible in his room can ignore it, but by contrast, a serviceman of faith who doesn’t find a Bible may not have a Bible.

This new right not to be offended is a great danger to our real rights. I was struck by the comments of Ben Carson, the author of One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. Ben Carson says, “As a nation, we must avoid the paralysis of hypersensitivity. We must also go back and read the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion. It says nothing about freedom from religion and, if you go back and look at the context and the lives of those involved in the crafting of our founding documents, it is apparent that the Founding Fathers strongly believed in allowing their faith to guide their lives. This has nothing to do with imposing one’s beliefs on someone else.”

America is a great country because it is a free country, where we can live as we choose as long as we don’t infringe on anyone else’s rights. But recently, some have tried to broaden the definition of “infringe” to mean anything anybody might find offensive. That definition will destroy our rights, and we’ve got to stop kowtowing to those who insist on it.

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