If one chooses to define "offensive" in such a way that it disallows other people to exercise their rights, then one has to question the the premises upon which their feelings of being offended are contingent. A lot of things in the past were considered offensive: black people sharing a bathroom with white people, Jews being allowed to possess the full rights of citizenship in European and Islamic countries, women being allowed to vote. One cannot deny that the tradition of which you speak does exist, but that alone is not a sufficient argument, and I disagree that the authors have denied it. Rather, they see its limitations.
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