Words as weapons

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Now Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Mike Huck­abee is be­ing chas­tised by the Anti-Defama­tion League for his use of the term “holo­caust” in re­fer­ring to the sit­u­a­tion of abor­tion in the U.S.

Our lan­guage is be­ing taken over by those who want to es­tab­lish their agen­das on spe­cific words and any­one who uses those words bet­ter use them in the con­text of what th­ese agenda mak­ers want or they will face out­rage through the me­dia.

The ho­mo­sex­ual com­mu­nity has com­man­deered the word “gay”, the ADL the word “holo­caust” and the racial com­mu­nity and news me­dia have a yet-to-be-de­ter­mined amount of words which they say de­note racial bias or big­otry.

All this is an at­tempt to show that the av­er­age Amer­i­can har­bors hate or con­tempt for some as­pect of so­ci­ety or an ig­no­rance of his­tory.

Rather then see our r ight to free speech cur­tailed be­cause of a fear of be­ing la­beled, Amer­i­cans should use the words of the English lan­guage freely as de­fined in our dic­tio­nar­ies. Let those who feel of­fended lan­guish in their own cesspool of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness. The rest of us should feel no need to join them in their vic­tim­hood. Dave Dahlke Port Or­chard, Wash­ing­ton

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