WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (3/27/13) - When did our society develop a complete lack of respect for those around us? It’s weird really, because nobody respects anybody else, yet there is a complete unwritten set of rules to govern what is “politically correct.”
I wonder if the two things don’t go hand-in-hand. Maybe the public got so completely fed up with all the PC stuff and just gave up on having any respect for anyone else. Political correctness started as a way to try not to insult people, and it has turned into a weapon to be used against other people.
For example, Xbox Live recently banned Josh Moore for violating its code of conduct. His offense? Filling out his Xbox Live profile. Moore lives in the town of Fort Gay, West Virginia. Microsoft said the word “gay” is always offensive. Never mind that several US townships incorporate the word into their name, many people have Gay as a first or last name. He was later reinstated, but not until after the story made headlines.
This was clearly either someone being overzealous, or someone trying to prove a point.
Politically correct madness is everywhere. In September Verenice Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School in Portland, Oregon, tried to say that peanut butter sandwiches were racist because they symbolized “white privilege.”
There was no mention of George Washington Carver. Historic fact is that Carver did not invent peanut butter as we were all taught (evidence shows that the Incan Empire had it as far back as 950 B.C) but he did reinvent it and make it a household product. Without him none of us would ever have known about peanut butter!
An atheist friend of mine recently told me that they were offended by Christians who said “I’m praying for you and your family.”
Really? If you don’t believe in God, then why would you be offended by someone else praying to Him for you? If a person of another religion told me they were praying to their god for me, I wouldn’t put any faith in those prayers, but I would be flattered that they thought enough of me to pray for me.
What really got me to thinking about this was an article I read on a website recently. The Portland Thorns, a women’s pro soccer team in Oregon, pulled a line of t-shirts off the shelf that had a sexual-innuendo printed on it. You would not believe the amount of people who were up in arms about the decision.
I am not really easily offended, either by humor or language. But I do believe that if you do curse or tell dirty jokes, you should at least respect the people you’re around. If you wouldn’t be comfortable telling the joke to your 90 year old grandmother or your six year old daughter, you probably should not put it on a t-shirt.
That used to be the way we judged offensiveness. If you would be ashamed to say it or do it in front of your parents, grandparents, children or preacher, it was offensive. You might curse at work, but when you went to see your grandma you cleaned it up.
Now you say whatever you want and you tell anyone who is offended that they are infringing on your freedom of speech.
What is the world going to be like in another 20 years? We are going to need an all new language, because I don’t think English can possibly contain all of the politically correct terms we’re going to need.
J-E News Editor
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