Parker is absolutely correct. Higher education is being ruined by notions of
political correctness.Political correctness is based on the false
notion that all persons have the right to be free from any speech, writing,
thought, or even idea that might be the least bit offensive. This has led to the
even more false I notion that, because someone has the right to be free from any
offense, no one has the right to express ideas that any possible person could
possibly take offense at.The current administration in Washington
has put enormous pressure on universities to silence all speech and writing that
does not meet the administration's view of what is politically correct.
This includes any speech or writing which supports traditional moral values.How ironic that the dogma of political correctness has been used as a
sword to attack all dissenting viewpoints. Indeed, only one view is given
freedom of expression. There was a time when universities celebrated and taught
freedom of discussion. Shame on them for turning their backs on this central
principle of education.
This is the world that has been created in the last 20 years. Anything anyone
says or does that could hurt even one person is seeing now as an attack on all
of society. It appears we are raising a generation that does not ever want to be
criticized. Yet they are the first ones to be critical. Either they get put back
in their place or American culture as we know it is doomed. What type of culture
is that? It is one in which people can agree to disagree. Respect for our
differences. I can't say tolerated because that word means to put up with.
People are so easily offended.
One of my biggest concerns is the growing assault on freedom of thought and
expression.The PC police have infested academia for decades and
have, apparently, managed to inculcate a disappointingly large percentage of the
products of that supposed place of free thinking with their their puritanical
obsessions.Thus, anyone who differs with or, if they should dare,
**opposes** the PC orthodoxy, especially anything to do with homosexuality, can
expect a reaction that would make the brown shirts of Nazism proud.As it as been in any other totalitarian society, losses of our right to think
and express ourselves **freely** are harbingers of much, much worse to come.We must fight to preserve those rights. There is no room for
negotiation or retreat.
You know, I never have any problems with people mad at me for things I say.
Maybe it's just because my mother taught me to be polite and not call
people names? If you haven't been arrested for it, the "PC
POLICE" are a figment of your imagination. You just don't like it when
people talk back to you the same way.
OK, I am confused.Admittedly, we have too much political
correctness. So, is keeping Rodin's "The Thinker"
statue boxed up at the BYU exhibit, OK, but a warning label on a book not?Is "cleansing" an R rated movie fine?It seems to me
that many who speak out against "political correctness" are fine with it
when it suits them.
Political Correctness, or the New McCarthyism. Stop people from making a living
because one side (in this case the left) does not like the religious/political
views of some people. It was the "right" in the 40's and 50's
that tried in those days to stop people from making a living in Hollywood and
thus we had the blacklisted actors/producers/screen writers, ect. Bad for the
country then, bad for the country now.
Who knew college students were so fragile.
“ Just when you thought American higher learning couldn't get any
more ridiculous, along come demands for warning labels on provocative works of
literature.”Well . . . You know how it is.Some
people have delicate sensibilities.It wasn't that long ago that
an entrepreneur in Utah was editing the content of movies to make them conform
to the standards of Conservative folks. Apparently some scenes in The Titanic
were far to risque for domestic consumption.Hey John Charity -"Political correctness is based on the false notion that all persons
have the right to be free from any speech, writing, thought, or even idea that
might be the least bit offensive."And you are suggesting that
Conservatives should have NO warning about what might be on a dvd?
Political correctness started more than 40 years ago. In 1972,
George Carlin started doing his famous "7 Words" skit - seven words that
you cannot say on TV or the radio. I cannot list any of those words here,
because the DesNews moderators would not let them through.In 2000, a
Mormon girl sued the U of U, and won, because her acting class
"required" her to say curse words in some of the skits they were
practicing.Many high schools in Utah will not let girls wear
sleeveless dresses or dresses with spaghetti straps to Prom and other dances
because Mormons find it offensive and a violation of their religious dress
codes.Parents of high school students in Utah don't want their
children to read books such as "The Bluest Eye" because of its content,
in other states, parents are opposed to their high school students reading
"Nineteen Minutes".Why is it surprising that children who
have been sheltered their entire lives wish to continue being sheltered?Why is it that it is only political correctness run amok when your behaviors
are the ones being challenged?
Every organized organization that we encounter seeks to control the behavior of
their members and as many non members as they can influence. The want us to buy
their product, believe their belief, donate time or money and/or many other
selfish agendas of their group. These control groups are just about everything
from Mom and Dad to the government of the United States of America and even
further. The allowing or requiring an outside parties to place
warning messages on literature is a new weapon to use to control others. The
freedom to create reviews of literature is present in America today. The right
to attach that review to the physical literature without the author's
permission does not exist. I can just imagine the review given a book on the
merits of Socialism as written by a conservative group.
I would love to live in a much less PC world. Most folks around here
wouldn't like me in that world. And I'd never get posted here.
Kally -" I cannot list any of those words here, because the
DesNews moderators would not let them through."Political
correctness run amok?
Warning labels on books? About as absurd as removing books from shelves because
they contain stories with two mommies or daddies.
John Charity Spring said: "The current administration in Washington has put
enormous pressure on universities to silence all speech and writing that does
not meet the administration's view of what is politically correct. This
includes any speech or writing which supports traditional moral values."Do you just make stuff up now? How have they done this and what
evidence do you have?Is there a letter on White House letterhead that say
to stop any Moral Speeches?To be taken seriously, you should
probably not bare false witness against the potus continually while talking of