Is "Political Correctness" Correct?


The term "political correctness" has in recent years appeared in the vocabulary in today's secular culture. It has become enshrined in the altar of "do's" and "don'ts" of human interaction as very well reported in the digital media.

What is "political correctness" anyway?

One site defines it as "the avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against."

Another refers to it as "A way that we speak in America so we don't offend whining pussies."

The least common denominator of "political correctness" is the avoidance of any speech or action that can offend the sensibilities of other individuals or groups.

I think that while it is a noble thing to avoid offending someone or a group, political correctness can be pushed too far as to restrict speech that is not meant to offend, but to impart or say what is true and correct, whether or not it is met with disagreement or dissent.

The unfortunate thing it seems is that those who impose "political correctness" are themselves "politically incorrect" or are guilty of offending others when they promote their own views or agenda, while denying it to others.

One glaring example is the use of "art" to disrespect others' religious views as when someone painted a crucifix immersed in a glass of urine, or showing ants crawling all over the image of Christ.

Some even go to the extent of removing crucifixes in a Catholic university so as not to offend a speaker who espouses a different faith.

In these instances, the "political correctness" imposition is applied unequally to opposing views or view holders or at the whim of the proponents. Again, look at what is happening in our society, which has become divided and the sectors at odds with each other. And then there is the proliferation of fake news. Fake news does violence to truth.

What then is rational? What then is to be the guide?

The fact is that truth can be offensive to some. But truth nevertheless remains truth.

Are we supposed to act in the service of truth, or of the so-called "political correctness?"

For us who believe in Christ, the answer is simple. Say the truth, even if it hurts, but say it in love, not in anger, or hate or prejudice.

For Jesus is the Way, the TRUTH, and the life. On the other hand, the devil is the father of lies.

The choice to follow is ours.

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