writer and public speaker Sharon is the President and Executive
Director of The Center for Changing Worldviews, a non-profit
corporation founded for the purpose of increasing the conservative,
pro-family voice in a predominantly liberal society. Sharon
produces and hosts Changing Worldviews TALK Radio which is
the media outreach of The Center, and is heard Monday, Wednesday
and Friday on KDIA AM1640 San Francisco/Vallejo and online
daily at Oneplace.com. Sharon has worked to promote civic
responsibility on the grassroots level since 1992 through
various organizations such as Eagle Forum, so that America
will continue to be a land of liberty, respect for human
dignity and family integrity, as well as public and private
virtue. For further information on Sharon and The Center
go to www.changingworldviews.com or
contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org [go to Hughes index]
Political correctness dominates the culture…
[Sharon Hughes] 4/8/04
is now chairperson; Assemblyman is Assembly person. No more
using the words cowboy or cowgirl, landlady, or landlord.
The phrase Founding Fathers has been removed from America’s
textbooks and if used at all, is replaced with “framers.” Illegal
immigrants are now referred to as “undocumented immigrants.”
Realtors have been
told by the PC police that the term walk-in closet is inappropriate
to use because it discriminates against “wheelchair-bound
persons,” and the term master bedroom infers slavery.
is now spring break and Christmas is winter break. You can’t
sing traditional carols in our public schools any more, although
you can have your Junior High student
take on a Muslim name, bow down to recite prayers to Allah, and
then play Jihad.
If you were to read
the "inclusive" New Testament
translation by the Oxford Press you wouldn't find the word "begat" because
it favors fathers over mothers; evil is not referred to as darkness
and light as good because of its racial inference. Parents no
longer discipline their children but "guide" them,
and children no longer obey their parents but "heed" them.
And you would probably be surprised to see all references to
God as Father changed to "Father-Mother," and Jesus
no longer called Master but "teacher" only. Oh, and
Satan is gender-free.
According to Webster’s New World College dictionary, political
correctness is: “conforming or adhering to what is regarded
as orthodox liberal opinion on matters of sexuality, race, etc.
usually used disparagingly to connote dogmatism, excessive sensitivity
to minority causes, etc.”
Feminists have “led the way” in the PC movement
pushing past their stated purpose of “equality”…to
dominance. A simple example brought this into focus for me recently
with the pregnancies of our two daughter-in-laws. The baby books
now have all references to baby as “she,” instead
of “he” that my generation read. Now, if you’re
going to go to the trouble of changing all the books, and you
are truly interested in equality, then it should read he/she
or if you are really insistent, she/he.
But the PC police are involved in more than just changing words.
For example, in New Jersey, even though there had been patients
across the nation who had been infected by their dentists with
AIDS and then died, NJ health providers who are HIV-positive
do not need to tell their patients that they are infected.
In New York City,
children with Hispanic sounding last names are placed in bilingual
classes to learn in Spanish even though
they don’t speak a word of Spanish.
Extreme PC can result
in tragic consequences such as the 14-year-old Boy Scout who
had become separated from the rest of his troop
in New Mexico. When a search helicopter finally spotted him,
the Forest Service refused them permission to land and rescue
the youth, because "mechanized vehicles are banned from
wilderness areas,” and that "a life threatening situation
did not exist." The young teen spent another night in the
wilderness before the Forest Service reversed its decision...an
example of the effects of the "EC" (environmental)
And what about the
UN and PC? Well, CEDAW, the United Nations Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination
Against Women's treaty would "eliminate discrimination against
women by any person, organization or enterprise," including "customs
and practices" and "public institutions." This
would, of course, include mandating a gender-neutral combat military.
Then there’s the Convention on the Rights of the Child
which elevated children’s rights above those of parental
responsibility. And in the name of "third-world-equality" the
UN puts countries at the helm of major committees that have no
right being there, such as Libya heading the UN Commission on
Human Rights. Libya? Yes, Libya. Does anyone remember its atrocities?
Well, what can we
do? Charlton Heston in his address to a Harvard Law School
Forum in 1999 said, “You simply…disobey.
Peaceably, yes. Respectfully, of course. Nonviolently, absolutely.
But when told how to think or what to say…don’t.
If you talk about race, it does not make you a racist. If you
see distinctions between the genders, it does not make you a
is powerful. And world shapers understand this. It’s
time to take our language back...and it begins with not giving
in to the PC police, as well as turning the light on for others
to see what's going on in this subtle manipulation of speech
in order to shape policies and worldview. CRO
Hughes 2004 - Used with permission