Unfortunately some people (especially in my part of the world where the word about autism is just getting out) are quite unaware as to what the different ideologies are. Hence, unknowingly, they can inadvertently offend and thus step on a 'virtual' landmine by making a comment or expressing an opinion about the following topics (that include, but are not exclusive to): vaccines, high or low functioning autism, puzzle pieces as a symbol for autism, and certain biomedical treatments.
Recently I've been a witness as to just how much a unsolicited personal opinion can offend. This opinion caused some distress amongst some recipients because of an adherence to an opposing point of view. During the said recent occurrence, I left one bristling at some statements made in a mass email.
Being born into an era where we are taught to accept multi-diversity and multi-culturalism, I believe in respecting most beliefs despite the religion. I also want people to respect my own thoughts, opinions and beliefs. I feel as long as the belief doesn't cause harm to others, then there is no point in being biased against someone embracing a different philosophy than one's own.
However, being human, I cannot avoid bias--either being biased or being confronted with the bias of other people. The challenge with bias arises, I suppose, when a person or group gets a little too loud while preaching certain beliefs. When this happens someone on the other side is bound to get offended and then you find "the game" beginning. The offended goes into offence mode and in response, the offending party often goes into defense mode and so on.