Hindu Extremists Celebrate Their Right To Be Offended
Millions of Hindu extremists and us Indian Atheists have something in common. We can all stand together and celebrate our civil-society-given right to be offended.
For Hindu extremists, being offended is nothing new. This time the occasion is a woman in a swimsuit featuring an image of a medieval deity called Lakshmi. For us Atheists, being offended is nothing new either. For centuries we have been celebrating our right to be offended by the collective stupidity of millions of adult human beings who actually believe in a medieval deity called Lakshmi. So you see, we have something in common after all!
The Hindu extremists have, in the past, been offended by paintings, shoes, movies, more shoes, beer… you name it. We Atheists have, for our part, been offended since adulthood by the insistence of Hindu extremists that they have a right to having their ridiculous beliefs respected by all. And we Atheists have been offended by those obnoxious Hindu extremists who think they have a right to NOT be offended. I think its finally time for us Atheists and the Hindu extremists on the other side to reach out and clasp hands in mutually offensive celebration of our right to be offended!
Interestingly, the Hindu extremists chose a new approach to celebrating their offense at the lewd and disgusting caricature of their medieval goddess Lakshmi. They printed out copies of these perverse images and distributed them to anyone interested, with the objective of ensuring that all within sight were able to partake in their inalienable human right to be offended. Together they presented the loathsome images to the cameras for the world to see and be offended by, for that is just the type of good-hearted people they are.
“Even women and children will not be denied their right to be offended by these revolting images”, said one particularly boisterous young man. When asked about what they were going to do with the offensive pictures after the protest, the man said “I will store these disgusting and scandalous photos at home and take them out every time I want to exercise my right to be offended”, deep longing in his voice. It was a very touching moment, when the young man quoted Martin Luther King’s A right delayed is a right denied. “Sometimes we need something to remind ourselves what we’re offended about”, he said.