Are you a pleb? Do you think it’s an insult? Government chief whip Andrew Mitchell lost his post for allegedly using this word, even though the policeman he “insulted” has accepted an apology.
In our increasingly diverse society, it is becoming harder to avoid speaking or acting in a manner that may upset a total stranger who just happens to pass by. A little known law intended to guard against discrimination could see you up in court for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.
Legislation cannot change human nature, nor make a better society. The process begins and ends with individual people – you and me. So, how do you respond to an insult?
Owners of a Christian guest house received death threats after refusing a double bed to a gay couple. When they were fined in court for discrimination, supporters published the address of the gay couple to stir up a counter-protest. The Christian couple have expressed their sympathy for the gay couple in the face of this threat.
They were putting in practice Jesus’ instructions: bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.. If we want a truly just society, we need to do the same.