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Published: Saturday, June 14 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Maudine
SLC, UT

Political correctness started with the Right putting limits on language of which they disapprove - words commonly referred to as swear words or curse words - words usually related to body parts, body functions, or activities.

It then expanded to the Left with objections to words that classify and denigrate groups of people - usually based on an attribute or characteristic.

Those who object to political correctness usually don't object to the limiting of curse words, but only to the limiting of words that denigrate others.

I wonder why that is?

micawber
Centerville, UT

Literally? Can you point to some examples?

ordinaryfolks
seattle, WA

If political correctness means you are not allowed to speak untruths, then I am all for it. If it means social sanctions against a bigot, so be it. If it means jail, not so much for it.

Climate change deniers spread untruth. Is it wrong to call them out? It is a verifiable fact. Gay marriage will not cause heterosexual ones to fail. It is a fact. Is it wrong to call out homophobes? Racism has scared this country for generations, yet is it wrong to call out those who still use the "N" word, and make claims of racial inferiority.

Yet, has anyone been put in jail for being ignorant and intolerant? Don't think so.

What probably upsets those against perceived political correctness is their inability to be socially sanctioned for their prejudice and refusal to accept demonstrable fact.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I long for a nation of people with skin so thick that words and thoughts of others cannot hurt.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Name one single example of someone who was arrested and charged for what they said.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

There are many, the author probably included, who benefit from there being a political correctness filter in place.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

"It has infected us to the extent that real freedom of speech, religion and press does not exist anymore. It has literally become a crime to say or print, and almost to think, anything that might offend someone."

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Hyperbole of the Century! is all I can say.

FYI -- As an American, and a Veteran ---
This letter 100%, truly "offended" me.

Yet, here it is --
not only said, put printed in MASS media. and published on the "WORLD Wide Web"!

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Debate seems alive and well. Respect for the truth and the ability to find common ground and sensible solutions? Not so much.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Political correctness is actually just courtesy. You stop calling people names and start respecting their feelings. I don't understand why so many people are upset about it.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

The Lord gave us free agency...

But that doesn't mean that you're free from the consequences of what you say or do.

Stormwalker
Cleveland , OH

Frequently, those who complain the loudest about "political correctness" are the ones who want to be free to denigrate, humiliate, and verbally abuse members of one or more minority groups. Learning and using language that is respectful to others is polite and part of civilized society. Those who claim it infringes on their "First Amendment rights" frequently think the First Amendment gives them carte blanche permission to act like jerks.

Not that long ago "Political Correct" was enforced with police dogs and fire hoses. Black leaders started naming and shaming racism whenever it reared its ugly head and started changing public opinion. Other groups have followed.

10CC
Bountiful, UT

The range of human thought and speech is expansive. Some topics become socially forbidden. We don't refer to women as property anymore, for example.

In this process of sifting topics, objections arise about the process, for good reason.

This isn't limited to any political orientation. Pro-gun activists have bullied two gun shop owners into not offering Smart Guns, via death threats.

Are death threats an acceptable form of free speech? Do those railing against "political correctness" also condemn this purification of thought on the Right?

Missouri loves BYU
Lebanon, MO

A good example of how PC is affecting society could be illustrated by comparing the freedoms of speech people felt that they had to comment on Tim Tebow vs. the same freedoms they feel to comment on Michael Sam. Technically there should be no difference. However, obviously there is.

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

Geez. Does it make you feel better to demonstrate bigotry with your speech or are you a better man by treating others how you would like to be treated? As has been so accurately stated in previous comments, no government agency has ever knocked on your door because you used a racial epitaph but I'll bet even the DNews would censor you if you used it here and I would expect others would call you out if you feel the need to do so. It has been said "Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because it's not a problem to you personally"

Pops
NORTH SALT LAKE, UT

If political correctness means you are not allowed to speak untruths, then I am all for it. If it means social sanctions against a bigot, so be it. If it means jail, not so much for it.

Climate change alarmists spread untruth. Is it wrong to call them out? It is a verifiable fact. Gay marriage will harm society systemically. It is a fact. Is it wrong to call out promoters of gay marriage? Anti-religious sentiment has scared this country for generations, yet is it wrong to call out those who still denigrate Christians, and make claims of intellectual inferiority.

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See how easy that was? It cuts both ways. It would be better if everyone stopped to trying to "cut" others and worked toward finding common ground. That's a bit harder, but worth the effort.

Grover
Salt Lake City, UT

Everyone seems to get the part about the Constitutional protection to guarantee your right to say what you will. What most miss is that I have the right to disagree with you and bring social pressure to bear to force you to change your mind. The best recent example is business related - Chick-fil-A. The owners have certain beliefs about gay people and they expressed them publicly. Both people who agreed and disagreed spoke up and affected the sales of their food. Recently the owners of the business admitted that it was a mistake to involve their business in what was really a matter of personal belief. They can say what they want, but need to be prepared for some consumers to voice their opinion by eating more burgers.

GZE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Missouri,

Constitutional Freedom of Speech means there will be no governmental reprisals for expressing opinions. Was someone arrested for supporting Tim Tebow or Michael Sam? Was someone fined by the State for expressing a personal opinion?

I didn't think so.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

@Missouri loves BYU 10:56 a.m. June 14, 2014

A good example of how PC is affecting society could be illustrated by comparing the freedoms of speech people felt that they had to comment on Tim Tebow vs. the same freedoms they feel to comment on Michael Sam. Technically there should be no difference. However, obviously there is.

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In fact there was no difference. People were perfectly able to speak about Tim Tebow and they did. People were perfectly able to speak about Michael Sam and they did. Nobody either personally or by governmental action tried to restrain their right or ability to comment. In both cases people were free to respond (both favorably and adversely) to the comments that were made and they did. People were free to either support oppose those who commented and they did.

People have every right to comment. They do not have the right to control the response that is made to the comments. That is true in every case. Freedom of speech and the right to speak is intact and has not been impaired.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

LDS Liberal, great post, as usual.

And always, thank you for your actual service! Many Utahns talk about serving the country and support our troops but never do! You actually did serve our country and protected my freedom. Thank you

Missouri loves BYU
Lebanon, MO

@ Furry...

I don't recall any players being fined for making adverse comments about Tim Tebow regarding either his football skills or his personal life. The same does not hold true for players expressing views about Michael Sam. Why would fines be levied in one situation and not the other? What would create the difference?

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