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Kathleen Parker: Political correctness run amok: Let's be sensitive and sensible

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  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    May 20, 2014 7:19 p.m.

    Parker is absolutely correct. Higher education is being ruined by notions of political correctness.

    Political correctness is based on the false notion that all persons have the right to be free from any speech, writing, thought, or even idea that might be the least bit offensive. This has led to the even more false I notion that, because someone has the right to be free from any offense, no one has the right to express ideas that any possible person could possibly take offense at.

    The current administration in Washington has put enormous pressure on universities to silence all speech and writing that does not meet the administration's view of what is politically correct. This includes any speech or writing which supports traditional moral values.

    How ironic that the dogma of political correctness has been used as a sword to attack all dissenting viewpoints. Indeed, only one view is given freedom of expression. There was a time when universities celebrated and taught freedom of discussion. Shame on them for turning their backs on this central principle of education.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    May 20, 2014 7:53 p.m.

    This is the world that has been created in the last 20 years. Anything anyone says or does that could hurt even one person is seeing now as an attack on all of society. It appears we are raising a generation that does not ever want to be criticized. Yet they are the first ones to be critical. Either they get put back in their place or American culture as we know it is doomed. What type of culture is that? It is one in which people can agree to disagree. Respect for our differences. I can't say tolerated because that word means to put up with. People are so easily offended.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    May 20, 2014 8:41 p.m.

    One of my biggest concerns is the growing assault on freedom of thought and expression.

    The PC police have infested academia for decades and have, apparently, managed to inculcate a disappointingly large percentage of the products of that supposed place of free thinking with their their puritanical obsessions.

    Thus, anyone who differs with or, if they should dare, **opposes** the PC orthodoxy, especially anything to do with homosexuality, can expect a reaction that would make the brown shirts of Nazism proud.

    As it as been in any other totalitarian society, losses of our right to think and express ourselves **freely** are harbingers of much, much worse to come.

    We must fight to preserve those rights. There is no room for negotiation or retreat.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    May 21, 2014 5:53 a.m.

    You know, I never have any problems with people mad at me for things I say. Maybe it's just because my mother taught me to be polite and not call people names?

    If you haven't been arrested for it, the "PC POLICE" are a figment of your imagination. You just don't like it when people talk back to you the same way.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 21, 2014 6:59 a.m.

    OK, I am confused.

    Admittedly, we have too much political correctness.

    So, is keeping Rodin's "The Thinker" statue boxed up at the BYU exhibit, OK, but a warning label on a book not?

    Is "cleansing" an R rated movie fine?

    It seems to me that many who speak out against "political correctness" are fine with it when it suits them.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    May 21, 2014 7:02 a.m.

    Political Correctness, or the New McCarthyism. Stop people from making a living because one side (in this case the left) does not like the religious/political views of some people. It was the "right" in the 40's and 50's that tried in those days to stop people from making a living in Hollywood and thus we had the blacklisted actors/producers/screen writers, ect. Bad for the country then, bad for the country now.

  • Zac Ogden, UT
    May 21, 2014 7:37 a.m.

    Who knew college students were so fragile.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    May 21, 2014 9:46 a.m.

    “ Just when you thought American higher learning couldn't get any more ridiculous, along come demands for warning labels on provocative works of literature.”

    Well . . . You know how it is.

    Some people have delicate sensibilities.

    It wasn't that long ago that an entrepreneur in Utah was editing the content of movies to make them conform to the standards of Conservative folks. Apparently some scenes in The Titanic were far to risque for domestic consumption.

    Hey John Charity -

    "Political correctness is based on the false notion that all persons have the right to be free from any speech, writing, thought, or even idea that might be the least bit offensive."

    And you are suggesting that Conservatives should have NO warning about what might be on a dvd?

  • Kally Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2014 9:48 a.m.

    Political correctness started more than 40 years ago.

    In 1972, George Carlin started doing his famous "7 Words" skit - seven words that you cannot say on TV or the radio. I cannot list any of those words here, because the DesNews moderators would not let them through.

    In 2000, a Mormon girl sued the U of U, and won, because her acting class "required" her to say curse words in some of the skits they were practicing.

    Many high schools in Utah will not let girls wear sleeveless dresses or dresses with spaghetti straps to Prom and other dances because Mormons find it offensive and a violation of their religious dress codes.

    Parents of high school students in Utah don't want their children to read books such as "The Bluest Eye" because of its content, in other states, parents are opposed to their high school students reading "Nineteen Minutes".

    Why is it surprising that children who have been sheltered their entire lives wish to continue being sheltered?
    Why is it that it is only political correctness run amok when your behaviors are the ones being challenged?

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 21, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    Every organized organization that we encounter seeks to control the behavior of their members and as many non members as they can influence. The want us to buy their product, believe their belief, donate time or money and/or many other selfish agendas of their group. These control groups are just about everything from Mom and Dad to the government of the United States of America and even further.

    The allowing or requiring an outside parties to place warning messages on literature is a new weapon to use to control others. The freedom to create reviews of literature is present in America today. The right to attach that review to the physical literature without the author's permission does not exist. I can just imagine the review given a book on the merits of Socialism as written by a conservative group.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 21, 2014 10:08 a.m.

    I would love to live in a much less PC world. Most folks around here wouldn't like me in that world. And I'd never get posted here.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    May 21, 2014 12:08 p.m.

    Kally -

    " I cannot list any of those words here, because the DesNews moderators would not let them through."

    Political correctness run amok?

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2014 1:18 p.m.

    Warning labels on books? About as absurd as removing books from shelves because they contain stories with two mommies or daddies.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    May 22, 2014 4:52 p.m.

    John Charity Spring said: "The current administration in Washington has put enormous pressure on universities to silence all speech and writing that does not meet the administration's view of what is politically correct. This includes any speech or writing which supports traditional moral values."

    Do you just make stuff up now?
    How have they done this and what evidence do you have?
    Is there a letter on White House letterhead that say to stop any Moral Speeches?

    To be taken seriously, you should probably not bare false witness against the potus continually while talking of high morals.