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.