TOO MUCH POLITICAL CORRECTNESS!
I don’t know about you, but I sure am confused about all
this current debate over gender equity, gay rights, and transgenders. I keep
reading in the newspaper about LGBT.
had to look up the lettering to even know what the abbreviation means.
Being “politically correct” has become an
obsession with much of the country.
Now personally, I don’t have a dog in this hunt. Carry on
your personal lifestyle as long as you don’t interfere with my way of life or
my personal freedoms. Live and let live.
But too often today, one lifestyle interferes with that of another.
If a baker is in business to make a living,
why turn down anyone who wants a cake baked for his or her wedding?
On the other hand, if it’s a gay wedding and
the baker refuses to bake a wedding cake, why would the gay couple want to do business
with someone they consider bigoted?
And this whole transgender bathroom thing?
How did transgenders go to the bathroom for
the past 100 years?
I never really check
out someone using the stall next to me.
And why all the need for separate men and women’s bathrooms in the first
Many restaurants in New Orleans
have one bathroom for either sex to use. Have you gone to a sporting event and seen
a long line for women and none for men? Architects ought to be more creative in
designing safe and clean restrooms that can be more efficiently shared by everyone.
in my column last week about the hypocrisy of hate crimes. Why should any criminal be given a greater
sentence because he or she committed crimes based
on race, sexuality, sexual identity, or physical ability? If a child is tortured and murdered, is that
to be considered less of a crime than if an Asian or a handicapped person is
killed? Political correctness should not
be a factor.
In Natchitoches, Louisiana this past Christmas, a school
principal was suspended for allowing a student-led prayer to take place. There
was no sponsorship by the school. The students were just allowed to pray. But this wasn’t politically correct in this
day and age. Kids can pray under their
breath but not out loud? Nonsense!
I wanted to order the wonderful Disney film “Song of the South”
recently to watch with my grandchildren. Remember all those enticing songs like
“Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” and “That’s What
Uncle Remus Said?” Uncle Remus was an American Aesop, full of delightful
stories (“Don’t throw me into the briar patch”). But the film has been out of
circulation since 2000 because some critics say it glorifies slavery, even
though the story takes place years after the Civil War. But not to offend
anyone, so our kids miss out on a delightful tale of magical fables.
And for goodness sake, don’t attempt to bless anyone if they
sneeze or for any other purpose. Up in
New Hampshire, an election worker was recently fired for telling voters as they
left the voting booth “God bless you.”
It was supposedly a form of electioneering. I guess election officials
were afraid a voter might have so disconcerted over the candidates running that
they might go back into the voting booth and vote for the Good Lord instead.
A person can be sensitive to how others might feel without
worrying that their every utterance may cause someone to take offense. Some of us feel it necessary to be more
politically correct than do others. But
a vibrant and strong country is only as courageous and agile as the sum of its parts.
I’m willing to go just so far to appease the P.C. crowd. Look, I’m a redneck, not someone who is
rustically inclined. And we are always going to have hurricanes down here in
Louisiana, not himmicanes. Sometimes, things are said where you take personal
offense. But we can also go overboard by assuming a “victim mentality.” You can be polite, but in doing so, you don’t have to shy away
from telling it like it is.
Politically Correct means always having to say you're sorry.”
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