It has been said that political correctness kills. Now it might have killed an adolescent British girl, a young lady who, the story goes, might have chosen death over the stigma of being called “racist.”
College campuses have become infamous for “safe spaces” where supposedly “offensive” viewpoints must be concealed. But now a concealed-carry gun law designed to make a whole campus a safer space is being protested in a truly offensive way, with, as New York’s Daily News put it, students “fighting firearms with phalluses.”
“Our intent is to limit student exposure to religious teachings, profanity and violent lyrics," said a government-schools spokesman recently. The statement speaks volumes, lumping all religious teaching in with “profanity,” whose original meaning pertains to treating sacred things irreverently. The reason for its utterance also speaks volumes. It was a defense of a rap-music ban on Portland, Oregon, government-school buses, a prohibition “social-justice warriors” (SJWs) have called “racist.” Interestingly, no concern was expressed that the accompanying ban on religious music (generally Christian) might be anti-Christian.
Our sensibilities are shocked when we hear of China killing people and selling their organs. Yet the same occurs in our nation, with the Planned Parenthoodscandal being a prime example. And now a related case has come to the fore, with a New Mexico academic official admitting that high-school students were given babies’ brains to dissect at his institution. Not only that, but this was done in violation of state law
Imagine that your daughter goes on an overnight school field trip and you learn that a boy bunked with her because he claimed to be a girl. Well, if she attends school in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, you may have to imagine.
For while that very thing could happen, school teachers and administrators have been ordered not to tell you.
The signs are all there: bizarre coughing fits, falls, failure to return to a debate stage on time, requiring help up stairs, and what many describe as seizures and blackouts. Hillary Clinton is running what may be a truly historic campaign, as she is possibly the most unhealthy major party nominee to ever seek our nation’s highest office. Yet the media are predictably incurious about the true state of her health as they and her handlers try to drag her across the November 8 finish line — even though electing her could leave us with a President Tim Kaine.
“There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them,” observed author George Orwell. And Princeton University is obviously replete with intellectuals, as evidenced by its new obsession: eliminating the word “man” from its Human Resources Department.
Man, what will they think of next?
It’s all outlined in a four-page memo that aims to make the workplace more “gender inclusive.”
"The elite are not the problem right now; the people are,” said German president Joachim Gauck, responding to the Brexit vote in June. His comment perhaps reflected an old division with a new twist. The division is the Elite vs. the Street. And the twist, writes columnist Peggy Noonan in a much-read article, is “a kind of historic decoupling between the top and the bottom in the West that did not, in more moderate recent times, exist.”
In “How Global Elites Forsake Their Countrymen,” Noonan opines that those “in power see people at the bottom as aliens whose bizarre emotions they must try to manage.” The writer mentions how she recently had a conversation with an acquaintance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel about “the issue” that largely inspired the U.K.’s “Brexit”: the mass migration of Muslims into Europe, the Merkel brainchild that has birthed crime, social upheaval, and citizen unrest. Noonan says that the German leader appears “uncharacteristically romantic about people, how they live their lives, and history itself, which is more charnel house than settlement house.” This observation, she continued, prompted the acquaintance to sigh and agree, for it’s “one thing to be overwhelmed by an unexpected force, quite another to invite your invaders in! But, the acquaintance said, he believed the chancellor was operating in pursuit of ideals.”
The problem, as someone close to me once profoundly put it, is that it’s easy to be idealistic when you don’t have to live with your ideals.
While the Iranians may demean us as “The Great Satan,” some Americans seem hell bent on living down to that pejorative. Case in point: a recent local assembly meeting in Alaska and its opening prayer — which happened to be to the Devil.