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One Nation Under God

Political correctness has crippling effect

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 15:05

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has received a lot of ridicule for a statement he posted last Tuesday on his official Twitter account in response to a petition to change the “Redskins” name to something “less offensive.” He said, “In a land of freedom we are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness.”
On the surface, political correctness looks like a good idea. Society has long been in agreement that there are certain topics and words that should be avoided in polite and/or mixed company. But the reality of political correctness is that it becomes a tiresome burden on the people. “Political correctness doesn’t change us, it shuts us up,” says conservative spokesman Glenn Beck.

Freedom of expression is one of the pillars on which our nation was founded, and to give into the mandate of political correctness would be to compromise that freedom “without debate,” as Dr. Ben Carson puts it. He goes on to say that “political correctness dictates that there is no right and wrong.” By practicing moral relativism, America could go the way of the Romans as we lose our sense of self and value.

Take for instance the issue of the Washington Redskins. Any debate about this should begin by asking those who might be offended, meaning Native Americans, and see what they have to say. Instead it seems the media has foregone this step and simply decided how Native Americans should feel. “I think they were basically saying that we were offended, our people were offended, and they were misrepresenting the Native American nation. We don’t have a problem with [the name] at all; in fact we’re honored,” said full-blooded Inuit Chief Stephen Dodson.

  Naming a football team may be trivial, but it has larger implications. It’s for the same reasons that we are reluctant to believe that the Boston Bombers are Muslim terrorists despite the fact that Muslim terrorist groups are responsible for 90 percent of the world’s terrorism.

Where was the cry for political correctness when Salon columnist David Sirota said that we should hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a “white American?”

How about when NBA player Jason Collins is praised for being gay while Tim Tebow is ridiculed for ever mentioning his faith? Herein lies more leftist hypocrisy as they wield their baton of political correctness to support their own prejudices and to silence opposing views.

Who defines what is offensive? Political correctitude was supposedly designed to make things more socially acceptable, but in reality has only served to make us more sensitive to things that an otherwise sane person would dismiss as being silly.

The danger of what this ideological construct can lead to is currently being played out in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, along with 19 other plaintiffs, has filed a suit against the U.S. Treasury for stamping the national motto of “In God we trust” on our currency. They claim that this motto violates their “religious freedoms” every time they handle money at the grocery store. The 112 -page manifesto includes other claims that range from the outlandish to the outright pitiful.

“In God we trust” was adopted as the official motto of the United States in 1956. It has appeared on our currency since 1864. Aside from any religious message, this motto serves as a reminder of our nation’s undeniable Christian heritage, which made its founding possible. It was the desire for religious freedom that brought the pilgrims to the new world.

The same desire inspired men like George Washington to fight for that freedom which is endowed to us by our creator. “God” is written not only on our currency but also on our courthouse walls and, most importantly, in our founding documents such as the “Declaration of Independence.” Though left-wing atheists have tried to remove God’s name from all these, many court case decisions have upheld America’s religious roots over the years.

When it comes down to it, people should not be abused or discriminated against for their beliefs, race, gender, etc. We all should be able to behave in such a way that is respectful of others. But what the idea of political correctness has done is allow certain lifestyles and radical viewpoints to gain momentum simply because it is not “PC” to speak out and oppose them. It’s not PC to support statements like the one Robert Griffin made because that makes you a “privileged bigot.”

It is also not PC to oppose atheists, who are the poster children of the progressive agenda. Pastor Tom Griner gives an astute summation of this phenomenon: “Students have been brainwashed with a culture of political correctness and tolerance. We warn them, and they call it hate speech. If you don’t agree with everything that they believe, they call you intolerant.”

It’s time we shake off the shackles of this “linguistic fascism” and oppose those promoting such tyranny. Otherwise, free speech may not be the only right we lose in the name of political correctness.


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Aaron Gong
Fri Aug 30 2013 11:29
Your argument is faulty on numerous and agree gouts levels. But most fundamentally, there is no such mandate. Freedom of speech is not always equivalent to freedom of expression. Nudists are not allowed to freely "express" themselves. But they can talk about it all they want. The choice of the Redskins as an example is another example of poor insight. Again, no mandate compels them to consider a name change. But rather, it is their moralality coupled with a keen perception of public opinion that allows them the RIGHT to rename their club if they so choose. Arguing against political correctness based on some thin grounds of free speech is completely ineffective when using this exact point to stifle the free speech of those who wish to change the name of a football club to something more massively appealing and less offensive. It undermines your very point. We won't even get into the numerous errors in fact regarding your whole argument for a Christian foundation of this country. Let it suffice to say that there are a great many books which you should show more interest in and several right wing talk shows in which you should show less.
redskin lover!
Sun May 19 2013 23:28
'Go Bucs.. your ranting is amazingly so bizarre I almost can't respond, but then I feel I must! Some of your personal remarks concerning Mr. Taylor are so remarkably incorrect that your desperate statements show how little you have to say concerning the real issue. Go Mr. Taylor, keep up the good work.You obviously are hitting some nerves, without any real arguments they do what they do best .. personal attacks. Don't take it personal,,, just remember the source!
Gordon H. Clark
Wed May 15 2013 15:41
Thank you, Mr. Taylor for agreeing that entwining our government with religion is incorrect, be it political or otherwise. I hope that next year, when you are a sophomore, you will have had some better classes and have learned what a "founding document" really is, and also how to read our actual "founding document" with some degree of skill. I'm sorry for your future embarrassment over this article after you have had some rudimentary training in logic, government and history. Be well.
Vince Cowan
Wed May 15 2013 10:22
The "go Bucs" commentary regarding Daniel Taylor's article "One Nation Under God" is just one more example of "Liberal Tolerance" i.e. Liberals have No Tolerance for anything that goes against their demented mindset. "Liberalism is a Mental Disorder" as Michael Savage so succinctly states. "America's founding" was in fact based upon Christian values; the majority of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence were professing Christians and while God is not specifically mentioned in our Constitution, every State's original Constitution specifically acknowledges their faith in God as their basis for existence. The intent of America's founders was for America to truly be "One Nation Under God" and the God they trusted for America's founding was NONE OTHER than the God of the Holy Bible. Furthermore, Christians are not "flat earthers" ; the Bible actually reveals that the earth is round in Isaiah 40:22 which clearly states: "It is he (God) that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:" There is a cure for Liberalism and I truly include this out of Love for the souls of mankind; the Lord Jesus Christ can make you free: John 3:16-21 proclaims: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."
Tue May 14 2013 17:21
Yet another unintentionally hilarious article from Mr. Taylor. His stilted white christian privilege is so especially obnoxious because he honestly thinks he's the victim of some kind of liberal world gone mad. Oh how bitterly he resents being oppressed and marginalized! And over what? An offensive sports team that still calls itself a racial slur! And here's the extra special sauce: the hateful slur refers to people that Daniel's ancestors massacred and enslaved for centuries. The Redskins' stadium could have actually been built out of their bones and the irony would still be lost on poor Daniel. The obvious fact is that redskin is absolutely no different than the N-word, and Daniel should be desperately ashamed of himself yet again. I wonder what team Daniel would root for if his entire family was mowed down with gatling guns, and his race was wiped off the map by diseases and bogus treaties. He must not have taken a single history class in his life. Or if he did he was too busy checking NFL scores on his iPhone (thanks daddy!) to hear a single word about how America managed to become 50 states. This is made even more obvious by his fantasy of America's founding as having anything to do with Christian values, or Christian freedom from persecution. The fact that he would seriously insist that he is being held hostage by political correctness is nauseating. Political correctness is just a buzz word, a code, that people like Daniel rush to hide behind because they can't bear to see humanity improve. Would changing a sports team's name from a racial slur to something else tear down some sort of meaningful tradition or legacy? No. It would not. However Mr. Taylor wants to see himself as a victim of reverse racism. He wants to fight, kicking and screaming, against anything that expose his regressive flat-earth belief system. And all of this is without even addressing his outrageously stupid claim that "Muslim terrorist groups are responsible for 90 percent of the world's terrorism." I'm sure he's been diligently compiling information about global terror throughout history and didn't just pull that one out of his cargo shorts. Disgusting.

The idea that Daniel Taylor is well on his way to being handed a degree of any kind makes me want to flush my ETSU diploma down the toilet. How could someone who has constantly made his contempt for learning so painfully clear possibly remain in such hateful denial of everything that a university stands for? His clueless exclamations of ignorance are the kind of bile that you hide from your Facebook feed, they have no business in a publication of any kind, much less a state university newspaper.

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