A Student of History

May 2, 2008

Political correctness ruining society

Filed under: PC — John Maass @ 5:57 am

Popular author slams PC in the UK.

“Increasingly there is a risk that we live in ghettos with our own kind, with a strong commitment to our local community but little contact with those outside it.”

“If in speaking to minorities we have to weigh every word in advance in case inadvertently we give offence, how can we be at ease with each other, how celebrate our common humanity, our shared anxieties and aspirations, both for ourselves and for those whom we love?” It would be “unfortunate” if the police became “enamoured” of political correctness, which she described as “a pernicious if risible authoritarian attempt at linguistic and social control”.


  1. Yes, descriptive but no facts presented.
    When people go on about political correctness I really never have much of a clue about what they are talking about.
    So we’ve abolished out-right racist words from public discourse. Good. And then…
    I’m not sure why these people have such a fascination with language.

    Comment by Andy — May 9, 2008 @ 3:38 am | Reply

  2. You don’t have a clue what people mean by PC? Where have you been Andy?

    Comment by John Maass — May 9, 2008 @ 10:44 am | Reply

  3. Political correctness (PC) is an Orwellian attempt to change the way people think and live by forcibly changing the way they speak and act. PC has been embraced by academia, the mainstream media, corporate America, and our government.

    By “forcibly” I mean by intimidation, ridicule, and indoctrination. It is my opinion that anyone who denies this is taking place is either dishonest, naive, or lives in a cave. There are literally thousands of examples that could be cited.

    Comment by Richard Williams — May 11, 2008 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

  4. Here’s a great example that may show Andy what PC is all about (from the Telegraph):

    A couple who were rejected as foster parents after they refused to condone homosexuality have won their battle to apply to be carers.
    Derby city council blocked an application from Eunice and Owen Johns to provide respite care for under-10s after they admitted they could never tell a child that being homosexual was acceptable.

    However, the authority has backed down after the Johns, both devout Christians, threatened to seek a judicial review.

    The couple, who have four grown-up children of their own, were celebrating on Sunday after learning by letter that they can resume the application process.

    Mrs Johns, a 59-year-old school teacher, said: “I really want this to be successful.

    “We have a lot of love to give a child. But our religious beliefs are very important to us, and we felt that we had been discriminated against.”

    The Johns’ attempt to become respite carers appeared to have failed earlier this year after falling foul of the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation).

    The couple have fostered almost 20 children during four years of weekend respite care.

    The council refused to comment on its climbdown and did not explain the reasons for its apparent reversal in its letter to the couple.

    Story from Telegraph News:

    Comment by John Maass — May 12, 2008 @ 5:31 am | Reply

  5. Noninflammable says : I absolutely agree with this !

    Comment by noninflammable — June 3, 2008 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

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