Guest at ISUvexed by Biblecould have leftit in drawer
I'm offended. These two words carry mammoth clout in this politically correct age.
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“It's just a box of rain...”
Since: May 07
#1 Feb 26, 2014
I actually agree with this writer to some extent. I agree that none of us have a right to be protected from anything that might offend us. I also agree that, even though the University hotel is state owned, there's no reason that they shouldn't permit the Gideons to place donated Bibles in bedside drawers as long at that privilege is extended to any other group with literature that is protected by the First Amendment. As thus author puts it:
"If a Quran, a Bhagavad Gita, the Tipitaka, or a book promoting the various religions of secular humanism were in the drawer, I would do one of two things: I would pick it up and read it out of intellectual curiosity, or I would leave it in the drawer and turn on the TV. Simple. Problem solved."
I don't agree with his last point, though. I think a university has every right to deny tenure to a science professor who injects religion into that science to its detriment in a major publication. But I've never had any problem with Gideon Bibles in hotel rooms.
#2 Feb 26, 2014
Storm in a tea-cup.
Why a Bible and not the Quran or The God Delusion? The answer might be that the Bible was provided for free.
From article: "Im offended. These two words carry mammoth clout in this politically correct age..."
It's not clear that the atheist's objection was that it was offensive.(unwelcome religious propaganda in the bedside table. is all we get of what the atheist actually said). S/he may have simply preferred it not to be there, as would I.
On the other hand, who really cares?:-)
People get offended over nothing sometimes. UK PM Cameron was rightly criticised for this.....
and he shouldn't use the word 'dear' again to address an MP in the Commons, but most people just found it funny,(probably including the MP told to calm down).
#3 Feb 27, 2014
No need to be offended so long as it is OK to draw c**ks in them.
“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”
Since: Dec 06
Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA
#4 Mar 5, 2014
I'm never offended by those bibles-- I just take them away.
There are loads of use for those things:
## a prop for a wobbly table (easily customized)
## a booster seat for a baby-- added benefit, they are nicely absorbent, when baby has a diaper accident.
## as emergency toilet paper
## as emergency tissue paper
## as emergency campfire kindling
## as a nice source for paper airplanes
## as a source for rolling papers to those who like that sort of thing
You just don't want to read the damn thing--- all those begats? Bleah. It'll rot your brain.
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