Martel on offence

I know I should not, but I remain surprised that being “offended” somehow confers an iron clad entitlement to shut down debate, to ensure someone loses their job, or in extreme cases to kill, as in the case of the teacher Samuel Paty who was butchered in Paris. Being “offended” is a petulant stamping of the feet and should be met with utter indifference and the observation that offence is part of what forms a robust liberal democracy and to be offended confers no more entitlement than being left or right-handed.

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