You Do Know it’s Criminal to Say That…?
Posted by wordforit on September 27, 2007
The only reason I remember the 1980s as being when political correctness became a buzzword is the “server” introductions when I waited tables. It was embarrassing!
We were required to introduce ourselves with the addendum,”I will be your server”, when new guests were seated in our respective sections. Isn’t that special?! You’ve probably heard the “job description”, but please tell me you are not one of those who make “servant” jokes back to the server! The job can be demeaning enough without smart alecks, but the moolah is good.
Today, I am not so sure my psyche would allow for some of the disrespect others feel obliged to share. On the flip side, I once told a waitress that she was crude and mistaken in her assumption as to who would be determining her tip. Sometimes people need to think in terms other than money, anyway.
In the guise of piety, I could say how humble I was in the 80s, and, relatively speaking, I was, but the reality is that I didn’t give a rip how others acted. Also, I was more inclined to overlook ignorance because I thought it was limited to only a few. Maybe I was more naïve than humble because there are a lot of mean folk hanging around that I never recognized, but it’s the combination of ignorance with arrogance that’s hard to bear! Sorry for that little tangent…
It is correctly observed that character can be judged by how one treats a person who serves them. Customers make outlandish requests because they feel entitled; that’s plain rude, but isn’t that what political correctness deems to address? Wouldn’t it stand to reason that “political correctness” entails good manners? Not so much…
Adhering to strict rules of political correctness has caused its own set of problems. Ridiculous laws favoring one group while silencing another is discrimination. Why am I not supposed to say a prayer to Jesus in a public place but other beliefs are lauded? Why does my word processor highlight “lady” as a possible typo as if I am supposed to write gender-free when I am, in fact, complimenting someone by referring to them as a “lady”? I am not completely out in…oops, I almost typed “left field”…
Why do I hear, “Oh, my God” consistently at times when no one is praying? It is apparently not considered offensive by TV networks, who are going by ratings, who are the viewers, who are us. Also prevalent is using God’s name in front of the word “damn”, which is essentially asking God to damn/curse someone/thing . Ask him often enough…
We say “homophobia” but not “hetero-phobia”. Please tell me I am not the only one noticing these discrepancies!
The point is, we cannot pick and choose politeness and somewhere along-the-line something is going to be said that’s out-of-line, whether intentionally or inadvertently.
Christians are persecuted and prosecuted for preaching “hate sermons” when speaking against what is considered by them a reprobate lifestyle. If you don’t like a church, there are probably five more to choose from within a five-mile radius, but the true haters would rather try to silence the message, and not just in churches.
Politically Correct~ Dictionary.com (all links in red~new windows)
1.) Of, relating to, or supporting broad social, political, and educational change, especially to redress historical injustices in matters such as race, class, gender, and sexual orientation.
2.) Being or perceived as being over-concerned with such change, often to the exclusion of other matters.
2Timothy 2: 15~”Study to show yourself approved by God, a workman that needs not be ashamed, correctly handling the word of truth.”
The shame lies in not utilizing all of the available resources to gain understanding.
Can I say that my dog takes catnaps? Which one would be more offended, the dog or the cat?
The list could go on and on with who’s being mistreated if this is said and who’s being offended by saying that but, after the Garden of Eden, we lost our chance to be perfect in this life. I am, and hope to always be, a humble person in that I consider others first. However, There is No Way to Accommodate Everyone.
Political correctness is not new; perhaps the buzzword itself is the keeper in that it’s a good reminder of how to speak of and to others. We used to call that “manners”.
“Political Correctness (PC) is the communal tyranny that erupted in the 1980s. It was a spontaneous declaration that particular ideas, expressions and behaviour, which were then legal, should be forbidden by law, and people who transgressed should be punished. (see Newspeak) It started with a few voices but grew in popularity until it became unwritten and written law within the community. With those who were publicly declared as being not politically correct becoming the object of persecution by the mob, if not prosecution by the state. “
Freedom of expression is not just essential for drama, but for everything; as Voltaire (1694-1778) said:
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
“If I go to a restaurant, I might choose between Indian, Chinese (not ‘chinkie’), Thai, French or Italian cuisine – yet ‘Indian’ is inaccurate as to be truthful more ‘Indian’ restaurants are run by Bengalis than Indians – and quite a few by Pakistanis. We use the generic description ‘Indian’ to cover the cuisine of a whole region without offence being taken, yet offence is taken over what appear to be lesser errors.”
“We call it “Political Correctness”. The name originated as something of a joke, literally in a comic strip, and we tend still to think of it as only half-serious. In fact, it’s deadly serious. It is the great disease of our century, the disease that has left tens of millions of people dead in Europe, in Russia, in China, indeed around the world. It is the disease of ideology. PC is not funny. PC is deadly serious.
In conclusion, America today is in the throws of the greatest and direst transformation in its history. We are becoming an ideological state, a country with an official state ideology enforced by the power of the state. In “hate crimes” we now have people serving jail sentences for political thoughts. And the Congress is now moving to expand that category ever further. Affirmative action is part of it. The terror against anyone who dissents from Political Correctness on campus is part of it. It’s exactly what we have seen happen in Russia, in Germany, in Italy, in China, and now it’s coming here. And we don’t recognize it because we call it Political Correctness and laugh it off. My message today is that it’s not funny, it’s here, it’s growing and it will eventually destroy, as it seeks to destroy, everything that we have ever defined as our freedom and our culture.”