What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
political correctness n.
- Factual incorrectness.
- Evidence that George Orwell’s 1984 was way ahead of its time.
See also: “load of crap”
There’s no better sanitizer for potential offense than the test of “political correctness”. In an attempt not to offend anybody, you scrub your text of all references to Deity, men, heterosexuality, whites, Christianity, patriotism, and anything else that a single reader might not agree with. What you end up with is a neutered statement that does not connote your original message.
A few examples:
- Brittany McComb’s speech being censored by the ACLU
- Christmas displays being taken down, and ‘Happy Holidays’ becoming the de facto standard for religiously-neutral well-wishing
- The Pledge of Allegiance being banned from classrooms in deference of those who don’t wish to say it
- Removing references to God on our country’s coinage
- The controversy about the Utah spanish web site
- Not flying the American flag in the workplace out of sensitivity towards others’ views and loyalties
The biggest problem with being “PC” is the double standard that emerges. In the name of “tolerance”, liberals promoting PC most often times are not tolerant of those who support the views and statements being sanitized. As one parent put it, in the above link regarding the pledge of allegiance being removed from classrooms: “In your great zeal to protect the few, you have stifled the expression of the majority.”
Let’s face it: it’s impossible to please everybody in the world at any given time. So why upset the majority of people just to satiate the desires of the minority? Isn’t this a democracy? Doesn’t the majority rule? Apparently not, since in recent years we’ve seen many on the Left (judges included) imposing their views, desires, and ideals on the rest of us.
And, to bring in the Gospel (which applies to everything), we see that even God (who is perfect, and after whom we should pattern our own behavior and conduct) is not politically correct. He doesn’t fluff up his speech, making it nice and pretty for everybody to like. He draws a line in the sand, and you’re either on His side, or you’re not:
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
[UPDATE: Brittany McCombs (the first in the above list of examples) is now suing the school district “for having violated Brittany’s constitutional right to free speech and equal protection under the law.”]