...Though few people miss it by much. September 30 came and went with barely a prohibited swear word around here, minced oaths being the order of the day. Still, any laws that would condemn the work of Twain and Mencken to the fire need looked at with a critical eye and perhaps we could all stand a reminder that there is no right to not be offended.*
At least not on the topic of religion, in (most of) the United States. Elsewhere, as the Washington Post reminded readers this past May, things can be very different.
Things must be different indeed in WaPoLand, which chirpily informs readers, "Apostasy laws remain on the books of a minority of countries [...] most of which happen to be predominantly Muslim." [Emphasis mine.] "Happen to be?" Gee, what're the odds it just "happened" that way, y'think?
C'mon, WaPo, step on some corns. September 30 only comes once a year but spinelessness lingers.
* Nor is there usually any need to go out of your way to offend, something
the more raucous defenders of liberty would do well to remember --
there is a difference between not bowing to the other fellow's
lares and penates and deliberately kicking them over. Come to think of it, some of the nosier supporters of anti-blasphemy laws could stand a good strong dose of the very same physic.
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