but they don’t really have any such “right”
I agree completely. The absence of a right to not be offended is an important aspect of our free speech which I hope will be regularly exercised by prominent people publicly saying things that will offend the precious minorities who believe that they have a right to be protected from words that hurt them. This applies to Christians, Jews, Islamics, Native people, gays, all racial groups, Mormons, COS, JW, and all their prophets and holy people times and places. etc. etc. Even Republicans!
While I have no personal desire to ridicule the sincerely held beliefs of these people, I think our society will be better when it can be done and reported in the media without any fear of retribution.
While I do not go out of my way to hurt the feelings of anyone (That would lack empathy and hence technically be psychopathic). If faced by a situation where I thought is desirable to do so, I personally would exempt in my own speech only people having mental or physical disabilities, or children, where I think it is, if not morally wrong, in extremely poor taste.
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