What Does it Mean to Be Offended?
I’ve noticed that often expressions of concern about the church’s actions are met with comments about being offended. Recently I posted quotes from Randy Bott’s recent comments on blacks and the priesthood. A friend responded with this:
“He who takes offense when no offense is intended is a fool, and he who takes offense when offense is intended is a greater fool.” – Brigham Young”
This seems like a common response, we’ve seen it on this forum. When people are upset or angry, they are informed that they are offended and should not be. My question is, is it wrong to be offended? Many of us are offended by things that happen in and outside of the church. And we react to offensive things by sharing our feelings, by asking for change. That seems like a natural reaction to offensive things, and a reaction that will help to keep offinsive things from happening again. But many seem to believe that if we are offended, we can be dismissed. Why is that? What is wrong with being offended?