Also, James, I assume you are Polish. Does it ever bother you when people make fun of John Paul II? But I guess you can just say to yourself: I know he was Polish, but so were Chopin and Copernicus. :)
People SHOULD be offended now and then. There are not enough people being offended in the world in my opinion. My wife has a great t-shirt from the Minneapolis Public Library that says, “If a library is doing it’s job it will have a book to offend every single person.” I love that, and believe it.
There is also a difference between BEING offended and INSULTING someone. I can say catholics are stupid and a person that is catholic can be offended or I can say YOU are stupid and that is different, even if I am basing my assumption on the fact that you are catholic.
Muslims are so easily offended which makes me want to offend them even more. I love the photo of the muslim protestor after the Danish cartoon debacle holding the sign that read something like, “IF YOU SAY ISLAM IS NOT A PEACEFUL RELIGION WE WILL CHOP OFF YOUR HEAD”. Now THAT is funny! Well, until you realize it’s true, then it’s disgusting. People can try and offend me all they want but I won’t be choppping off any heads.
Which leads me to this picture. It’s hilarious. What is the point of them taking a picture when they are all covered up?! I have no respect for religion as a whole and even less for one that treats women as mere property. (If you are reading this and don’t already know about the blog Kafir Girl you owe it to yourself to check it out: http://kafirgirl.wordpress.com/ )
Regarding John Paul II, he was OK as popes go I guess but that’s not saying much. It was under his administration that all the sex abuse cover-ups took place in the U.S. - something that the catholic church is still trying to solve with multi-million dollar settlements rather than any real reform. People in Poland do LOVE that guy though and even though he’s dead and that scary German dude is now the CEO, you’d never guess it because John Paul’s picture is still everywhere. (For people that don’t know, Poland is over 90% catholic…)
Oh, and I am not really Polish. I’m just a convert.