What is po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness?

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Po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness is an at­tempt to con­trol the expression of ideas. I be­lieve ev­ery­one should be treated with respect, but that doesn’t mean we have to agree with them and never ad­dress is­sues that might of­fend them.

Po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness as em­ployed to­day is cen­sor­ship. It has re­stricted free­dom of speech, es­pe­cially, when it comes to re­li­gion and life­styles.

A cou­ple of years ago, an At­lanta res­i­dent who was work­ing in Cal­houn at­tended our Satur­day sub­stance abuse treat­ment group. Dur­ing the ses­sion, one par­tic­i­pant re­ported he had joined the church and in­di­cated it had made a tremen­dous dif­fer­ence in his life. He stated, “When I have a prob­lem, I pray and ask God to help me and it works.”

The vis­i­tor re­sponded, “Ex­cuse me; we don’t men­tion God in group.” I smiled and looked him in the eye and re­sponded, “You may not, but we do.” He told me he wasn’t com­ing back be­cause men­tion­ing God was of­fen­sive to him, not re­al­iz­ing his ap­proach was of­fen­sive to me and oth­ers. This is an ex­am­ple of the ab­sur­dity of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and in­di­cates how far so­ci­ety has gone in re­fus­ing to al­low open dis­cus­sion of be­liefs and ideas.

The U. S. Con­sti­tu­tion was writ­ten to pro­tect free speech and the open expression of ideas and re­li­gious be­liefs. To be po­lit­i­cally cor­rect, we are not sup­posed to say any­thing neg­a­tive about any life­style re­gard­less of the dam­age it does to in­di­vid­u­als and so­ci­ety. For ex­am­ple, the me­dia pro­motes the trans­gen­der life­style while ig­nor­ing the fact that 41 per­cent of trans­gen­ders com­mit sui­cide. I re­cently read an ar­ti­cle by a trans­gen­der ther­a­pist that re­lated his at­tempt to lead the par­ents of their eight year old son to ac­cept the child’s de­sire to have surgery and be­come a trans­gen­der.

This trend has car­ried over into many ar­eas of so­ci­ety. For in­stance, in­di­vid­u­als that pro­mote the le­gal­iza­tion of mar­i­juana don’t tell you the truth about the ef­fects of THC on the body and brain. They do not tell you that cannabis ba­bies are smaller at birth, de­velop slower and have more prob­lems. Why? Be­cause some in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions want recre­ational mar­i­juana to be­come le­gal so they can make a lot of money and/ or so they can use it in spite of the fact it neg­a­tively af­fects mo­ti­va­tion and mem­ory, as well as phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal health.

One of the ma­jor prob­lems with po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness is the fact that many have blindly com­plied with this bo­gus ap­proach to ad­dress the prob­lems in so­ci­ety. In ad­di­tion, the ab­sence of a pos­i­tive im­pact on so­ci­ety by churches and syn­a­gogues con­tin­ues to con­trib­ute to a grow­ing im­moral, god­less so­ci­ety. We no longer have a strong em­pha­sis on per­sonal dis­ci­pline and re­spon­si­bil­ity. For many the slo­gan “just do it” de­scribes their ap­proach to life. For a grow­ing num­ber, sex has be­come their god. Ev­i­dence of this is the new term “porn star” for what used to be “pros­ti­tute.”

In ad­di­tion, an in­or­di­nate num­ber of males are ad­dicted to porn. Porn is hav­ing a grow­ing dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect on chil­dren. The so­lu­tion to this prob­lem is to make it im­pos­si­ble for chil­dren to ac­cess porn sites. This could be done by hav­ing ev­ery user to reg­is­ter and use their fin­ger print to gain ac­cess to porn sites.

Fi­nally, the real so­lu­tion is to adopt and teach Chris­tian ethics and moral val­ues. Treat oth­ers the way you want to be treated is the way to start.

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