PC Roundup â€“ The Foolishness, Absurdities and Cultural Destruction of the Politically Correct
By: Warner Todd Huston
From time to time we all hear stories that reveals the stupidity of a dreaded PCism run amok. We hear the tales, shake our heads in disbelief and go about our day without taking much more notice of it afterward. It seems, as we hear of each case, that they are isolated stories, outrageous yes, but not interrelated. Perhaps, viewed as separate incidents, they really donâ€™t mean much. Unfortunately, such incidents culminate to far more than merely incidental occasions.
Letâ€™s just take a few incidents of the last week as examples to reveal the utterly vacuous nature of the Politically Correct, multiculturalism that has happened in both the US and England. The following are all examples of the kind of consequences of liberalism that damages society. We have one example that even ends up with the kind of unintended consequences that would horrify the very leftists who initiated the PCism in question.
From the sillyâ€¦
At the Honley Church of England School, in Huddersfield, Great Britain, PCism has invaded the arts where a school production of Roald Dahl’s Three Little Pigs has gone from being populated by three little pigs to three little puppies. And why would that be? Because the school officials are afraid that the piggies just might â€œoffendâ€ the local Muslim population, of course.
Festival coordinator Gill Goodswen told the media, “We feared that some Muslim children wouldn’t sing along to the words about pigs,” she added. “We didn’t want to take that risk. If changing a few words avoids offence then we will do so.”
Curiously, she didnâ€™t seem too upset if â€œoffenceâ€ might be taken by those who liked the story just as it was, just as the artist intended it to be.
The foolishness of the claim of avoiding â€œoffenceâ€ cannot be sustained when measured against reality. After all, by mollifying a group that didnâ€™t even complain Goodswen has offended anyone who is interested in the integrity of an artistâ€™s work. That, and in the best Stalinist style, history was revised more to the liking of the few.
To the absurdâ€¦
Kentucky is awash in horses. That may not be much news to those who know that the Blue Grass State has a long tradition of dealing in horseflesh, but the healthy trade in horses is not what is causing the current state of overabundance.
It is liberal PCism that is causing the glut and it is a glut that is killing the beasts.
Opposition from liberal groups to the slaughter of horses for meat markets overseas (and even for markets in Canada) has caused horse dealers in the United States to be stuck with thousands upon thousands of horses that they can neither sell, nor afford to feed and keep healthy. In fact, because there are so many horses on the market and the prices have fallen through the floor, the fortunes of many horse breeders is so bad that they cannot even afford to have unsold horses humanely put down by expensive veterinary services.
Because of activists roaming about the houses of legislation in the US urging people to stop the trade in horsemeat, many thousands of horses are fated to starve to death today. Owners are so economically damaged by this activism that horses are starving in their stables or being let go into the wild to fend for themselves, abandoned to roam about searching for whatever sustenance they can find.
The unintended consequence of â€œsaving the horsesâ€ is now leading to the torture by starvation of thousands of them.
Some â€œcompassionâ€ these nuts end up having for the animals they claim to love, eh?
Professor Jessica Bryan, a teacher at North Idaho College, has defended saying “anyone who’s ever voted Republican” should be executed as she conducted her college classes. In retrospect to that and other uncivil rhetoric, the professor claims that since she said it â€œwith a smileâ€, she should bear no consequences from insulting any student who would take offence at being told they should be murdered for their political beliefs.
One wonders how, exactly, this wild-eyed woman ignorant of the very basic rules of civilized behavior would react should someone tell her that she, as a leftist, should be lynched from the nearest tree limb?
Apparently this â€œprofessorâ€ is unaware that one need not fear for oneâ€™s life over political beliefs in the USA, not merely by tradition, but by Constitutional law.
It would be bad enough that such a lunatic were roaming the streets without a doctorâ€™s care, but this particular lunatic is being paid by public monies to teach our young people.
To the destruction of our familiesâ€¦
An 8th grade sex education teacher in a school of the Thornton, Illinois School District went to an Internet site and downloaded sexually explicit materials — called a â€œHow-toâ€ manual by angry parents — and required the children to read the age inappropriate materials out loud in class much to the embarrassment of some.
It is reported that the questions were so explicit that such materials would not even be allowable under FCC regulations for TV or radio broadcast.
Outraged parents are demanding that this 27 year-old male teacher be disciplined for this inappropriate incident.
Sex education has been a hot button issue for many decades, but few parents are wholly against the concept of the study. What people donâ€™t want, however, is their children exposed to pornography. Scientific discussion — even those that causes sniggering among the students — is not necessarily outrageous to most parents, of course.
But why must sex education be treated with lasciviousness instead of pr