Po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness has now be­come dan­ger­ous

Irish Independent - - The Week -

I’D LIKE to com­mend Michael Kelly for ad­dress­ing the ludicrous is­sues in his ar­ti­cle in such a hero­ically pa­tient man­ner (Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent, Com­ment, De­cem­ber 7). I don’t know how he did it.

Now the use of phrases such as “killing two birds with one stone” have been de­creed of­fen­sive by the holier-thanthou, po­lit­i­cally cor­rect bri­gade, and an aca­demic at Swansea Univer­sity has sug­gested that law­mak­ers should im­pose a ban. It seems such say­ings not only ob­jec­tify an­i­mals but, God help us, run the risk of of­fend­ing ve­g­ans.

What the hell is wrong with these peo­ple? (And I know, by us­ing the words “these peo­ple” I’m prob­a­bly guilty of the re­cently in­vented crime of ‘oth­er­ing’ but who cares?)

It’s stat­ing the ob­vi­ous that the phrases men­tioned are to­tally in­nocu­ous and are in­ca­pable of caus­ing of­fence to any nor­mal hu­man be­ing. How­ever, the ut­ter­ances and ac­tions of these of­fence junkies could cause a great deal of harm. For in­stance, if these terms were made il­le­gal, what hap­pens if a jour­nal­ist or broad­caster uses them, even in­ad­ver­tently? Their ca­reers could be po­ten­tially ham­pered or even ended. Some­one’s life could be ru­ined – and all just so some­one else can feel nice and smug by demon­strat­ing how won­der­fully sen­si­tive and ‘awak­ened’ they are.

Po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness has not just gone mad, it’s be­come dan­ger­ous. John O’Con­nor

Kil­lar­ney, Co Kerry

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