Okay, I thought a little further about the last post last night (what is it about that time between lying down and falling asleep that makes it so good for thinking?).
I think the difference between what I'd call "malicious" offense and the "just making fun" offenses is that one is against the devout person, and one is against the object of his devotion. I have trouble with offenses against the devout person because I respect his personhood. I don't have trouble (or so much trouble) with the offenses against his object of devotion, because I don't believe his object of devotion is worthy of devotion. In other words, I don't believe other religions are true, but I belive people of other religious beliefs are people, made of the image of God and worthy of respect.
Yep, I think that's what was confusing me.
peace of Christ to you,