"Yes, it was a shocking thing to say, and I knew it was a shocking thing to say. But no one has the right to live without being shocked. No one has the right to spend their life without being offended. Nobody has to read this book. Nobody has to pick it up. Nobody has to open it. If they open it and read it, they don't have to like it. If you read it and dislike it, you don't have to remain silent about it. You could write to me and you could complain about it. You could write to the publisher. You could write to the papers. You could write your own book. You could do all those things, but there your rights stop. No one has the right to stop me writing this book. No one has the right to stop it being published, or sold, or bought, or read." -- Phillip Pullman, author of The Goodman Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, responding to a question from an audience member at an Oxford University event on March 28 about whether the title of his book was offensive to Christians. Video here (hat tip Andrew).
Refreshingly blunt without being coarse. Do you think that the right- and left-wing PC crowds would agree?