Oversensitive

Marvelous column by Dennis Prager, urging liberals to grow a thicker skin:
Liberal American Indian spokesmen and other liberals regularly tell us how offensive Indian names of sports teams are. The latest polls show that most Indians have no problem with such names, but liberals are still offended on their behalf. To make the point of how offensive the name “Indians” is for the Cleveland baseball team, one liberal caller once asked me, “How would you feel if a team were named ‘Jews’?” I told him that it would be a great day in Jewish history — for 3,000 years, Jews have been looking for fans.
UPDATE: In the same spirit, Rowan “Mr Bean” Atkinson is standing up for the right to make jokes about religion:
“To criticise a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous but to criticise their religion – that is a right. That is a freedom,” he said.
“The freedom to criticise ideas – any ideas even if they are sincerely held beliefs – is one of the fundamental freedoms of society.
“And the law which attempts to say you can criticise or ridicule ideas as long as they are not religious ideas is a very peculiar law indeed.
“It all points to the promotion of the idea that there should be a right not to be offended. But in my view the right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended.
“The right to ridicule is far more important to society than any right not to be ridiculed because one in my view represents openness – and the other represents oppression.”

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4 comments

  1. Alan K. Henderson

    I guess under that new law fisking the Archbishop of Canterbury would be a crime. But only if yer on British soil, which I’m not 🙂
    Hmmm…maybe the Church of England gave the job to the wrong Rowan…

  2. The Anger of Compassion

    Rowan Atkinson: Free Speech Hero

    I am convinced that Britain covets the title of World’s Most Politically Correct Nation (and they have their work cut out for them, what with Canada, Norway, and the Netherlands as competition), and as part of their effort they are…

  3. Dave F

    Isn’t the difference that the Indians aren’t, well, actual Indians? It’s supposed to be considered a pejorative white man’s term nowadays. So Cleveland Jews would not really be equivalent.
    I can’t think what the equivalent pejorative term might be.
    Mazel Tov.