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April 10, 2014

WILLIAMS: Why is everyone offended all the time?

I’m sick of Americans being offended. What the heck, people, we live in a diverse, multi-cultural country. America was always proud of being a melting pot. Now we want everyone to consider our tender little feelings.

In the latest version of “I’m Offended,” some Muslim parents in Dearborn, Mich., are upset because flyers were passed out to the children in school inviting them to an Easter egg hunt at a Presbyterian church. Easter, you know, being a Christian holiday.

Christians were offended about Muslims being offended. On the other hand, do you have any doubt that many Christians would have been outraged had their own children been given flyers inviting them to a mosque to celebrate Ramadan?

Can’t you just use the flyer as an educational opportunity to have a discussion with your children and then throw it in the trash?

Many of us seem to have a chip permanently attached to our shoulder.

“I made a phone call and had to press 1 for English!” And that took you what? An extra 2 seconds?

“Some jerk wished me Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas!” Oh, my, I can certainly see how traumatizing that would be — not!

We have a manger scene on the courthouse lawn in Wabash at Christmas. If you asked me, I’d say religious symbols have no place on government property paid for by all taxpayers, Christian or not. Especially when we have, like, 50+ Christian churches in the county, all of whom could have manger scenes if they chose. But nobody has asked me and it’s not that big of a deal. It also wouldn’t be a big deal to me if someone added a Jewish symbol, a Muslim symbol and a Pagan symbol.

Outwardly open gays were banned from the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City. I expect some Irish are gay, don’t you? Parades are supposed to be happy celebrations. Come one, come all and celebrate Irish heritage! Instead, because some people are offended by other people not like them, the parade garnered more headlines for bigotry than joy.

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