It's fine to disagree with it, but to take the complete piss out of it in front of the person's face is never OK. I don't mind people having a grudge against them, seeing as I can't stand them myself, but that doesn't give me the right to completely take the piss. Even if it sounds like utter bullshit that a five-year old came up with during Postman Pat, if the guy believes it then you have no right to knock them.
Yes, everyone has the right to be insulted and offended, get over it and move on.
In this regard people shouldn't shy away from expressing their true views at the risk of someone being offended or to simply be PC, to an extent (especially in Britain, where we take the piss out of ourselves as much as we do anyone/thing else). Reasonable religious people can acknowledge that their holy book is a flawed guide, written by men of a different age. A moral guide that they may believe to still have relevance, fair enough. But its when you come across those that believe it to be the absolute word of their god that truly brings difficulties, notably for debate. In that case I don't see any reason (beyond if its on here and therefore the forum rules) why you shouldn't simply tell it as it is.
If someone adheres strictly to a holy book (unless they live in an overwhelmingly religious country) they should be used to scepticism anyway.
Christian's for example, must understand that they WILL be painted with the same brush (even though there is many variants of christianity). It's a religion that's killed hundreds of thousands for being different.
To turn around and whinge like a bitch when someone throws verbal mud at their holy book is hypocritical and pathetic.
Even their own Book says 'be strong in the face of satan' in someway or another.
It depends on what you mean by: okay. Should it be a crime, I don't think so, there isn't anything that injures someone.
Does it end any meaningful discussion? Yes. An insult, by its very nature, suggests that it is not a logical question or observation rather one that is meant to be offensive and hurtful. So while it isn't technically wrong, its extremely unhelpful and will only turn a discussion into a flame war.
I think it's perfectly ok to insult a book, a book is an inanimate object, you can call it whatever you want.
When it comes to religious books surely it's down to whatever God or power you have insulted to take action, not their followers. If I choose to insult Christianity for example, God will judge me, not Jim down the road who goes to churh and thinks he knows best.
If you are offended by what I may say about your holy book then go away and pray that I stop. If what I'm doing is against God's will then He'll stop me, if He couldn't give a shit then maybe you shouldn't either.
Also, Ewoks eat people.
Never forget that.
Ewoks. Eat. People.
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