Political Correction - the definition is typically defined as using language, ideas, behaviors, and/or rules as a way to even the playing field, to not leave anyone out or to the offense of no one. Especially tendant to those who are in the minority, the purpose of being politically correct is to make the most people happy. But what has happened? What is the end result of political correctness in our culture today?
The fear of being politically incorrect has caused a tremendous silence in our country. Silence upon what used to be common sense morality. We must be quiet about what we feel is wrong because someone else may feel it is right. No culture is better than another and morality is relative, there is no absolute morality. That is the basis of political correctness.
But is that so? Is morality relative? It can not be relative, for morality by essence is what is right and wrong and relativity is preference, or like and dislike, and right and wrong is not and never was and never will be like and dislike. I once heard an apologist say that in response to a prompt from an audience member that all cultures are equal and morality is relative, he quipped that one culture eats animals, another eats his neighbor, if each culture is morally right and one is not superior to the other, would you be willing to provide food for your neighbor? The distinction is made that if you say that morality is relative, you would still object to me entering your house and stealing your television, even though you would have no grounds to object morally.
But still, political correctness assumes that morality is relative, even though the majority of people who use the phrase 'politically correct' have an agenda upon which they are basing their moral values as the basis of correctness.
I will give an example from Brannon Howse's 'Grave Influence', "Feminism is not about equal rights for woman (today in general), it is about the destruction of a patriarchal society in favor of a matriarchal society...A father who does not shape and encourage his children...was looked down on by society as being a dead-beat, a drunkard, a reprobate, or at least slothful. Our society no longer has these high expectations, nor do we shun men who are not principled and present fathers. in today's television programs, the father is often not even in the picture, and, if he is, he certainly is not a leader trying to discipline his children in truth and right living. Often the dad is the whipping boy of the show, the stooge the children treat with disrespect or even contempt." (emphasis added)
Think of the expectations this brings to our culture when men are placed as the stooges. The expectations are so low that many men are all too happy to fit into them. How many homes are without fathers? How many fathers are absent within their families? How many families witness abuse or negligence upon the side of the father?
And yet to speak against a father's choice of lifestyle or to speak against the radical goals of certain feminists is seen as extremely intolerant and anyone who speaks out against their agenda is labeled politically incorrect. Political correctness, a tool meant to be all inclusive ends up becoming a censure to those who hold a moral truth or value of high regard as being universal. Yes it is controversial, but to silence the competition is just as bad as the offense it may give those who disagree.
Alvin Schmidt - "The idea behind political correctness is the notion of oppression. Women, blacks, Hispanics, homosexuals are viewed as oppressed minorities due to the influence of Christianity and capitalism, bringing about the need for revolution to overthrow their white, male, heterosexual, Euro-centric oppressors."
There are a lot of people who feel this way out there. And whether they realize it or not, this type of revolutionary talk of the oppressed and the oppressors stems from a Marxist viewpoint of evolutionary government. As Brannon Howse pointed out, "Political correctness, in general, is a masking term for cultural Marxism... Although people regularly joke about political correctness as if it is some kind of joke... Thought control is not funny, and many Christians already have been persecuted under hate-crime laws for sharing the gospel and for publicly speaking out against homosexuality."
Not only a censure, but a no-holds-barred persecution in the way of thought control, ad-hominem attacks and even conviction of a criminal manner (hate-crimes). In Canada today there are areas where a pastor in his own parish cannot read aloud certain passages from his own Bible because the law will arrest him for inseminating hate speech. Speaking of freedom of speech and religion! Political correctness should open doors for freedoms, not take them away.
The ideal of political correctness, being a unity of spirits and taking grievance at giving offense, is a beautiful idea and worth edifying, but there is a difference between being civil in our disagreements and silencing anyone who disagrees with you so that the possibility of being offended is eliminated. It is a demeaning power-play, a forceful move that degenerates rather than builds up. Political correctness is not an evil thing in and of itself, but used unwisely, it can be a detrimental, devious tool that is counterproductive to the freedoms that we hold to be so dear.