I'm lucky enough to have never been the victim of any kind of bashing, but I don't rule out that it might happen in my lifetime. It's sad that the word got co-opted like this. Dictionary.com defines bashing as:
|1.||the act of beating, whipping, or thrashing: a series of unsolved bashings and robberies.|
|2.||a decisive defeat: We gave the visiting team a good bashing.|
|3.||(used in combination) |
Now, I'm guessing they're using the 3b. definition of the term. Last I checked, that's a protected right known as "Freedom of Speech". Is definition 1 and 3a., the definitions used typically in the homosexual community, protected under Freedom of Speech laws? Of course not. That's assault, and a hate crime. It's sickening how they can compare definition 3b. to definitions 1 and 3a. There's no comparison.
I have the right to not agree with your religious beliefs. You, however, don't have the right to beat me half to death for it.