Political Correctness – what can we do about it?
I was reading a blog entitled “Creative Minority Report” yesterday and found an article “Heretically Correct”. I have pasted a few lines from the article below. This is only one of many reports I have read about political correctness.
“Reverend Frank Wainwright, 48, a Deacon at St Gregory’s Church in Cheltenham, Glos. UK, during a sermon on marriage, made the remark in a humorous aside that “Marriage is between Adam and Eve – not Adam and Steve.” For this the Deacon has been accused of ‘homophobia’ after five complaints by members of the congregation.”
“The protesting parishioners now demand heretical correctness. It seems that in our world of ever expanding ‘basic human rights’, paramount among them is the right never to be offended by the truth. While it’s one thing to expect this when asked by your wife if she looks heavy in her new dress, it is quite another to demand heresy from your church.”
The Deacon stood by his “truth” though he apologized for making a light hearted comment about the issue.
According to an article on “Mail Online”, March 13, 2010, “Schools which force girls to wear skirts may be breaking the law – because the policy apparently discriminates against transsexuals.
Official guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission says the dress code may breach the rights of girls who feel compelled to live as boys. “
Some time ago it was reported that the author Mark Steyn has had to defend himself in his home country of Canada because he dared to print the truth about the influx of Islamic immigrants in Western Europe and America.
According to Philip Atkinson, an Australian, in an article entitled “Political Correctness”, “In my country the tyranny erupted with the persecution of public figures such as Arthur Tunstall for uttering truths that had become unpopular, either directly in a speech, or indirectly by telling jokes. “
Atkinson asserts that Political Correctness began in earnest in the 1980’s and has become ever more pervasive. He says “It was a spontaneous declaration that particular ideas, expressions and behavior, which were then legal, should be forbidden by law, and people who transgressed should be punished…those who were publicly declared as being not politically correct becoming the object of persecution by the mob, if not prosecution by the state. “
When supporting traditional beliefs becomes “racist”, “sexist”, “homophobic”, a free society can only decline. According to Phillip Atkinson, it is of “crucial importance to speak plainly as these are the “community’s safe-guards against the imposition of tyranny.”
What are we to do about political correctness? As individuals, we must speak the truth, even if a minority group is offended. To say that I believe “marriage is between a man and a woman” is not an attempt to hurt anyone, but to speak the truth as I see it. There is no attempt to harm anyone in my words.
If we do not speak the truth as we know it, then we have “no freedom of speech” and as shown by the Deacon in England, freedom of religion will soon not exist. It will be as though the Bill of Rights to our US Constitution had never been written. Political correctness will end public discourse. There will be no marketplace of ideas where differing points of view can be discussed and a consensus reached.
What should I do if someone accuses me of hurtful language? I will ask “In what way have I hurt you? By not succumbing to the dis-ease of political correctness, by answering the accusations and discussing them, we will once again have the polite discourse which is so important to our free society. What do you think?