Thanks, Harry.To the English ear "offensive" is the word that sounds correct. "Offending' can be used. It is an inflection of "offend" which means that the ear is more likely to remember it than "offensive."
"the" should stay. Minorities standing without it would mean every minority on the face of the earth. In your context it is obvious that the minister offended a particular group.
Thanks, Matching Mole.The phrase "The offending language" would not be modified with "he used", as it is a complete and self-contained description, whereas "the offensive language" can take modification in that way, as it is "open", so to speak.
Hmm... offensive sounds correct to me, howerver I think that you would be able to use offending.The minister had to make an apology for the offending/offensive language he used against the minorities.
I would say "offensive language", but does offending language sound right?
Second, I would keep the in "the minorities" How about you? Thanks.