When I was a kid there was a group of people who tried to morally micromanage our lives. They didn't like our clothes. They didn't like our music. They didn't like our hair. They didn't like the TV shows we watched. They didn't like our comedians telling dirty jokes. They didn't like us partying, getting drunk, getting high, or having sex. They were pretty much a crazed bunch of control freaks obsessed with telling us what to do in every facet of our lives, right down to how to dress, how to vote, how to pray, who to fuck and how to fuck them. They were exclusively religious conservatives, who all around, simply did not care for the cultural revolution of the 1960's-70's and what followed.
When we were having a liberal revolution during that era, liberal meant fighting for the right to do things. There was a sexual revolution during a time when not just homosexuality was criminal, it was possible for heterosexuals to commit sex crimes between consenting adults. In my lifetime, adultery, in certain circumstances, was actually illegal in Canada. We sought to kick the government out of the bedrooms of Canada, and this benefitted not just us, but also homosexuals as they gained the right to simply be. (Before they could actually be arrested for engaging in homosexual acts, even in the privacy of their own homes.)
One thing that is very common whenever you pass laws like this is they are often ahead of the curb in cultural acceptance. Homosexuality was decriminalized when most people were still offended by it. Desegregation happened when most people were still against it. Interracial marriage was decriminalized when most people were still offended by it. Just recently as America legalized gay marriage it happened when both the president and all presidential candidates from both parties stated clearly, in the past, they believed marriage was a strictly a union between a man and a woman.
And when these new laws or legislation were passed, how offensive any of it was to anyone was always regarded as completely irrelevant, because the government does not regulate offensiveness.
Lots of places where people think the government regulates offensiveness is actually not regulated by the government at all, it's industry self regulation. The movie rating system is industry self regulation. Magazines that identify themselves as adult is industry self regulation. Internet websites that identify themselves as adult is industry self regulation. The Comics Code Authority is industry self regulation. The warnings on both music albums and video games are all industry self regulation.
So whenever we pass laws fighting for equality or fairness, one factor that does not enter into the equation is how offensive it is to people. When the Unites States government decided to desegregate schools, how offensive that was to certain southern states was tough titties, they're just going to have to learn how to be tolerant. Same thing happened when they desegregated the US armed forces. Desegregation was shoved down the army's throat, with extreme protest, whether they liked it or not and they were just going to have to adjust. Ultimately they did.
However, if offensiveness was a legal factor in determining whether or not to make these laws, it's extremely likely they never would have been passed, and people never would have learned how to tolerate desegregation, or homosexuality, or women being allowed to vote, or abolishing slavery, or pretty much anything past the original forming of a nation and its constitution. If the government regulates offensiveness, people can never have the opportunity to learn how to grow tolerant and many crucial civil rights issues can never advance because how offensive they are to people is a legal concern.
We call regressive liberals so because they wish to tell people, crucially, what they can't do, not what they can do. They are people who identify with liberal causes but instead of crusading for freedom, they crusade to police. And most of the things that upset regressive liberals are the very same things that religious conservatives crusaded against, they just do it with differently explained motivations. Before, things like naked titties, rock and roll, and dirty humor was immoral and an affront against God. Now those very same things are triggering, or cultural appropriation, or micro-aggressions, or one of several constantly expanding terminologies of obsessive moral micromanaging.
Regressive liberals have had no luck in only saying these things are offensive, so to push their policing agenda further they wish to criminalize offensiveness. This is incredibly short sighted and will ultimately ruin liberal causes. In a woefully naive manner they believed they managed to cross the bridge in both legal and cultural acceptance, and then want to burn that bridge behind them to fuck over everybody they don't like. If offensiveness becomes a factor in determining whether or not something should be legal, many liberal causes will wind up getting thrown under a bus.
Also these laws could be used to for abuse and pushing political agendas. If conservatives find themselves with laws regulating offensiveness when they inevitably gain power again they can recriminalize gay marriage, re-stigmatize homosexuality, and they can roll back civil rights by decades. They can do it because how offensive something is, is now a legal matter.
We don't have to wait for conservatives to regain majority political control for this to happen. We're screwing over liberal causes right now by seeking to criminalize offensiveness. Let me give you a few examples of how damaging it is to criminalize offensiveness.
First example I came up with without even taking freedom of speech into account. One of the very worst and most self-damaging crusades the United States has ever engaged in is the war on drugs. A war, most people don't even realize is being fought for mostly moral reasons. Before Nixon declared war on drugs he commissioned his own people to find the harmful effects of marijuana. They came back with their own discoveries that it simply wasn't that bad. At least not nearly enough to justify declaring a multi-billion dollar war. Nixon went fuck it, he hated marijuana, he hated the people who smoked it, and he wanted them all in prison. He had a moral objection to marijuana, he found it offensive.
Now America carries a legacy of two million people in prison and trillions of dollars pissed down the drain fighting a never ending war that simply can never be won. If you want to bring an end to this war, making offensiveness illegal is going to be another hurdle you're going to have to overcome to bring an end to a wasteful, senseless, moral war fought against marijuana. A war that was declared years before most Americans alive today were born, most of whom have no idea what started it all.
A clear example of how damaging it is to liberal causes to criminalize offensiveness is the criminalizing of what some people call Islamophobia. Legislation that allegedly is supposed to target the worst of the worst, and almost exclusively winds up going after soft targets.
Try to imagine what would happen if we actually passed a law permanently silencing people who were raped and horribly abused by Catholic priests, because anything they had to say could be construed as "Catholic-phobia". Because that's exactly what we are doing right now to Islamic apostates. They're being banned from speaking at universities. Their online blogs and Youtube videos are being banned and taken offline for hate speech. And BTW, the only thing these people want are the exact same freedoms non-Muslims enjoy. Their women want the freedom to go outside without having to wear facial and body coverings, or ask a man's permission and have to be escorted everywhere.
Seeking to leave an oppressive religious institution to live the way you want to is a liberal cause. A cause we exercised decades ago, and now those people are being forsaken. Because we now have a double standard that abandoning Christianity and criticizing it in the extreme is okay (it's more than okay, it's downright awesome sometimes) but with Islam it's not. Regressive liberals have become so pre-occupied with fighting for women to have the right to wear a burka they have completely ignored or forgotten the plight of people who want to right to go without it.
And we better get used to that, because once we criminalize offensiveness, we're all going to be told what to wear and asking for permission about where to go. Or least some of you will, I intend to be a criminal. A culturally appropriating, triggering, micro-aggression-ing, cis-gendered, anti-theistic criminal.