> It certainly makes for lively discussion.
True, true. For myself, I never quite know how to respond in such situations. On the one hand, I don't share your confidence that the intention was not to be offensive. On the other hand, what is a Christian response to such insult? It's pretty clear to me, for example, that Jesus would not defend Himself under such circumstances -- before Herod and Pilate, He raised not a word in His own defense. It is definitely wrong for folks like myself to take *personal* offense at such talk -- as I have been doing, unfortunately, with great abandon. And for that, I apologize to the readers of this discussion.
On the other hand, where does it stop? I don't know perfectly when, or how, to raise the objection that something falls short of what I consider to be civil discourse. I think a simple, straightforward, "I don't care to read such talk," would have worked well, made the point, and not overdramatized the issue.
But there comes a point when such objections must be raised -- not in anger, but raised nonetheless. I don't know where precisely to draw the line, but in my opinion this article stepped across it.