"You're not me. You don't get to decide what does & does not offend me. "
very true, yet you seems to feel very comfortable in making sure that _I_ won't be able to enjoy such material in a conference anymore because _you_ were offended.... funny how that argument seems to be a one way street for you.
"Because the standard was known, agreed on, publicised, and adhered to by attendees, presenteres and organisers."
Clearly not. this thread being a case in point.
"The *only* people turning this into the mud fight are the people who are complaining that someone should take offense in the first place."
These people reacted to an aggression. I'm pretty sure most of them don't give a damn if someone take offense but they do care when that someone lobby to deprive them of content because of their 'religion^Hsensibility'.
No one was chained to his chair, each could have leave the room at any time. But no, that fundamental freedom is not enough, they want to make sure that no-one could see what _they_ consider 'inappropriate'.
oh, and that is not a monopoly of such conference: http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2011/01/magazine-co...