We’ve all read and heard about the absurdities of politically correct policies. In some locales, Easter eggs are called “spring spheres.” A few years ago, a movement in the U.K. urged changing the name of the children’s story “The Three Little Pigs” to “The Three Little Puppies” so that Muslims would not be offended. (Idle thought: Have the PC police ever harassed Muslim governments or clerics about vicious anti-Semitic propaganda and art?)
For decades, the ACLU has pushed hard to prevent cities and counties from setting up Christmas manger scenes on public property, and this has carried over into the public and private sectors, where Christmas parties are “holiday parties,” Christmas and Easter breaks are “Winter Break” and “Spring Break.”
I remember a letter to the editor years ago in which the writer chastised a judge for using the term, “Let’s call a spade a spade” in a case involving a black defendant. The letter writer obviously wasn’t very bright in assuming the judge was using a racial epithet to describe the defendant. No, the judge simply uttered an old expression that basically means cut the niceties and euphemisms and speak frankly and bluntly, even if it is unpleasant. By now, the language police may well have banished that expression from acceptable speech, for all I know.
Politically correct nonsense, although it has regrettably made nationwide inroads in recent decades, thrives on the fringes -- among university elites and student activists, in the heads of idealistic editorial writers of leftist publications, or in the fever swamps of the far left blogosphere.
This is for good reason: The vast majority of the public realizes that to implement many of the left’s PC policies and edicts doesn’t make sense, frequently flies in the face of longstanding honorable tradition, and is often contradictory.
One of PC’s strongest bastions is academia, and it takes strange forms with regard to Islam. While many universities seem to bend over backwards for secularism and keeping God off of their campuses, officials at the University of Michigan’s Dearborn campus decided a few years ago to install foot-washing stations in restrooms to accommodate the school’s considerable number of Muslim students. As part of a cleansing ritual, some Muslims wash their face, hands and feet prior to saying prayers up to five times per day. The school decided to install this equipment because sink foot washing caused puddles of water on the floor, and some sinks were pulled away from the wall, plus many students complained about sanitary concerns.
A few years ago, Minneapolis Community and Technical College banned a coffee cart vendor from playing Christmas carols. The same college also installed foot washing stations for Muslim students, earning the institution well-deserved withering criticism.
Question: What would leftist student groups do if a university with foot washing stations allowed Muslim students to publish a newspaper that was virulently anti-gay and anti-woman? As I have noted before, it is ironic that so many leftists take up the banner for Muslims when Islam opposes abortion, gay rights and liberation for women. This can be attributed to leftists’ hatred for Christians and Jews, but more than likely it is simply more evidence of their ignorance and stupidity.
Universities with sizable Muslim populations often offer halal food in their cafeterias and may have designated prayer rooms for Muslims. And now Muslims are clamoring about the need to revamp the school year calendar to accommodate their holy days. If vacations take place around Christmas and Easter, and the university is invariably closed on those days, why can’t the same respect be shown for the Muslims’ holy days? Whither the ACLU?
Something else that could be grouped along with PC nonsense is the whole issue of sex on campus – to wit, an overall libertine mindset among administrators and students – free birth control everywhere you look, classes and festivals celebrating kinky sex, a nihilistic philosophy called “SexPositive” that has infected millions of young craniums – all of this strangely in conjunction with elaborate, authoritative speech and behavioral codes about things like sexual harassment and date rape.
As anyone who has been a college student knows, “date rape” is really a broad, vague term that attempts to define an all-too-common phenomenon occurring when young men and women spend time together. It is often brought about by the fog of alcohol, drugs, hormones, testosterone, and youthful machismo, all fortified by music, night clubs, peer pressure, low self-esteem and myriad other psychological issues that prod young people into situations they might later wish they had avoided.
So which is it? Are men going to be Victorian and totally shun conversation or any kind of body contact (even a pat on the shoulder) with women for fear of offending these delicate creatures? Or are we going to have Soddom & Gomorrah 24/7? You really can’t have it both ways.
Somehow, leftists got it in their minds that it’s everyone’s right to never be offended. The First Amendment often takes a back seat to protecting hyper-sensitive people, be they of a certain religious or ethnic group, sexual identity, race or any other protected group.
But my point remains: When you start twisting yourself into a pretzel to accommodate every manner of grievance lest someone, somewhere be offended, you are planting the seeds of a tangled, weed-strewn garden of dysfunctionality.