People on the Left are always offended by something or other. They spend their lives parsing people's words and actions, just looking for a reason to be offended. Anything that a Conservative says or does can be twisted into a reason for offense. Hell, Conservatives don't even have to actually say or do anything to offend the Left. They make up conspiracies just so that they can feel offended!
Why? Well, my theory is that they are so used to feeling miserable, so attached to all of their mental baggage, that they're deathly afraid of actually feeling good, especially about themselves. They've felt this way since they really were children, and they know that if they were to let go of their baggage-train, they could no longer make themselves out to be the "underdog" or the "victim". After all, underdogs and victims can't be happy, can they? Not to mention the fact that you'd have to change your entire outlook on life, and to these "progressives", change is bad. Witness their inability to acknowledge any progress that's been made since the 60's.
In fact, this is a little more than a theory. Someone who was very close to me had this problem: she always had to be a victim. She was terrified of being happy so, anytime her life got too close to being normal, she'd do something to throw it into chaos. She had grown so comfortable with her baggage, that the scariest thing in the world for her would be to leave it behind. I'm sure that most of you know someone like this.
This woman had learned, over many years, to use her victimhood to manipulate people. If she didn't have that she would, in her eyes, be powerless. And the power to make people do what she wanted was paramount.
Sound familiar? She knew nothing about politics, but she would have been a perfect liberal.
When she finally straightened her life out, she told me that everything that I had said to her on the subject was exactly true. I, of course, had already known that because of the fact that she would go into an absolute rage whenever I mentioned it. I may not be a genius (well, technically, I guess I am), but reading people's motivations has always been extremely easy for me for some reason. I've been told that I would have made a good psychologist; but every psychologist I ever knew was nuts. Hmmm.
Well, that part got longer and a bit more personal than I had intended, so let's move on, shall we?
How about the whole feeling of being "offended". Being offended is, actually, very, very close to having your feelings hurt, isn't it? Especially if you can't think in a manner that allows you to see the nuances between the two concepts. In other words, if you think like a child.
I believe that when liberals feel "offended" by something, what they really mean is contained in that phrase that every three-year-old has uttered at one time or other, right before bursting into tears of self-pity: "You hurt my feelings!"
Sure, Conservatives are offended by a lot of things, but usually these things are outrageous insults to the norms of society. Trying to get rid of "God" in the public square, crosses in jars of urine, flying airplanes into buildings...in other words, things that are truly offensive and meant to be that way, usually for no other reason than to gain attention.
Liberals, on the other hand, are offended by everything that is a norm. They don't like religion, they don't like the Founding Fathers, they don't like anything that was established before 1963 other than the "Great Society" welfare state. And, other than Roe v. Wade and the parties of the 60's, nothing that came after 1963 was any good, either. Everything else is offensive to them.
As with other liberal phrases, "That's offensive" is just an acceptable adult way for them to say that their feelings have been hurt.