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For decades, PC culture has dominated many of America’s college campuses, a fact highlighted in Allan Bloom’s ground-breaking 1987 book “The Closing of the American Mind.” PC culture tries to shame and silence those of us with traditional beliefs as though we’re bigots or rubes.

I know about PC culture first hand, having graduated from Yale University in the 1980s. Recent events at my alma mater and on other campuses reveal that this PC monster is starting to eat its own, and the progressives, I’m happy to say, are finally getting concerned.

We’ve talked about the whole idea of “The Coddling of the American Mind,” of universities dealing with emotionally fragile young people as if they were children. As part of PC culture, a surprising number of schools, including Yale, now annually give advice to students on what kind of Halloween attire is appropriate, to avoid offending anyone.

Well, a couple of professors had the temerity to question whether such coddling is appropriate in a university setting. One wrote in an e-mail to students, “Is there no room anymore for a child or young person to be a little bit obnoxious... a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive?”

The professor continued: “if you don’t like a costume someone is wearing, look away, or tell them you are offended. Talk to each other.”

This advice was too much for one Yalie, who launched a profanity-laced tirade at a professor and demanded more coddling: “It is not about creating an intellectual space,” she screamed. “It is not! Do you understand that? It is about creating a home here!”

Then, of course, there are the goings-on at the University of Missouri, where anti-racism protesters blocked and shoved a student photographer who tried to cover their demonstration.

The students chanted, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, journalists have got to go.” Even a Missouri communications professor supporting the rally joined the mob and was caught on film saying, “Help me get this reporter out of here. I need some muscle.”

Writing in the New Yorker magazine, Jonathan Chait, who is no conservative, notes, “The upsurge of political correctness is not just greasy-kid stuff, and it’s not just a bunch of weird, unfortunate events that somehow keep happening over and over. It’s the expression of a political culture with consistent norms, and philosophical premises that happen to be incompatible with liberalism.”

It’s a culture that brooks no opposition and will use force when it can. Chait says it’s time for progressives to get serious about the PC monster and stand up for pluralism—before it’s too late.

So while we can celebrate the fact that the secular media are finally becoming indignant over the political correctness monster that they themselves in many cases have fed and pampered for lo these many years, maybe we should pause and ask this question: What is our role? How should followers of Christ respond?

It’s easy to laugh at the contradictions and confusions of political correctness, to fold our arms and watch the chickens come home to roost. But perhaps we ought rather to engage. Yes, we’ll take our lumps when we do. But this is no time for “I told you so’s”. It’s time to set an example of civility--by more consistently speaking the truth in love, whether the issue is race, gender, human sexuality, religion, or poverty.

As our old friend Chuck Colson once said, “… in a democracy, civility is not an option, it’s a precondition that makes our system possible . . . Without civility, political discourse becomes hostile and polarized. In the resulting chaos we become vulnerable to tyranny.”

It’s good that political correctness on campus is being exposed for what it is: tyranny. To begin putting the PC monster back in its cage, a renewed commitment to civil discourse is in order. Let’s lead the way.

Eric Metaxas, Christian News Headlines 52 Comments [12/30/2015 5:19:45 AM]
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Doubting Thomas

Yes and no. I agree that we seem to be coddling our young people and young adults, but if someone attended a Halloween party dressed up like Hitler, in KKK robes, or some other offensive getup, would you tell people to just "look away" and not be offended?

12/30/2015 6:28:11 AM

Alencon

So, let me make sure I understand this, you want the freedom to act like a jackass but want to deny others the freedom to tell you you're a jackass?

How many art festivals have Christians gone ape shit over because of some depiction of Jesus they find offensive?

The problem with PC is knowing where to draw the line. If you think about it that's really all we're arguing about.

12/30/2015 6:49:20 AM

Nemo

Not really fundy. These examples have all happened. Prior to the religious stuff, everything he said was objective truth.

12/30/2015 7:21:17 AM

Princess Serenity

I kind of automatically discount everything someone says the moment they use the term "PC" or "SJW" to describe some boogeyman they made up in their heads

12/30/2015 7:35:39 AM

TimeToTurn

This isn't fundie, this is just spouted by a known dumbass looking at what the trash Eric "same name as Greek dictator" Metaxas has churned out in the past. The sad part is, he's pretty much right here.

@Doubting Thomas

I'd complement them on their masterful trolling. But really, we're talking about people dressed as stereotypical Indians being equated to both Hitler and the Klan as "racists".

This sort of "PC culture", "SJWs", whatever you want to call it, is utter nonsense and just makes anyone remotely left-wing look bad by association. These people deserve to have their ideals crushed by reality and hopefully reform as actual progressives committed to actual change in society.

12/30/2015 8:06:03 AM



In my saaafe spaaace...

12/30/2015 8:47:31 AM

Darkevilme

It's annoying when its rightwing authoritarians self servingly arguing against left wing authoritarianism in the name of attaining a liberty they can then use as a foundation to build their right wing authoritarian position.

That being said. Left wing authoritarians are a thing and they must be fought and defeated. And just cause some people use short hands like PC or SJW for them doesn't make them less real.

12/30/2015 9:01:02 AM

breakerslion

"PC culture tries to shame and silence those of us with traditional beliefs as though we’re bigots or rubes."

"as though?"

I actually agree that there's no monopoly on obnoxious, however. Coercion is coercion. You are not free to attempt to impose your beliefs on me unless I am free to tell you where to stick them.

This is one of the best written arguments I have ever seen posted here, by the way.

12/30/2015 9:11:12 AM

Anon-e-moose

...meanwhile, Eric doesn't realise that Mac culture also exists.

And another Eric - Schwartz - has been upholding Amiga culture.

And 'SJW'? More like 'SIW': Social Injustice Whiner.

Get with the times, Eric Ouzo. Political Correctness is by definition the superior state to be in. As opposed to always being wrong.

I like being correct.

12/30/2015 9:44:01 AM

Mister Spak

"As our old friend Chuck Colson once said, “… in a democracy, civility is not an option, it’s a precondition that makes our system possible . . . Without civility, political discourse becomes hostile and polarized. In the resulting chaos we become vulnerable to tyranny.” "

Chuck Colson said that? Nixons Watergate minion Chuck Colson?

12/30/2015 9:52:44 AM

Kanna

The trouble is that if you "lead the way", and effect a change, there will STILL be politically correct things to do or say, as there always have been. It'll just be a DIFFERENT list of things that are "politically correct", and a different bunch of people who will comprehend that as incivility.

12/30/2015 9:54:16 AM

Scratch

Most stories of college students trying to censor everything are blown way out of proportion.

http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2015/11/myth-of-the-fragile-college-student.html#

Even if they weren't, isn't that sort of the point of college? To experiment with new ideas and ways of thinking?

12/30/2015 10:33:24 AM

John

What about the "political correctness" at places like Bob Jones University or Pensacola Christian College? Right-wingers only complain about PC when it's liberal PC.

12/30/2015 12:28:36 PM

FSTDT Sucks

FSTDT, sooo... what exactly is wrong with this quote? Your far left bias is showing again.

Nice try, but it's getting to a point where being submitted to this website should actually be considered a good thing.

12/30/2015 12:55:20 PM

freako104

Those of traditional beliefs tend to be bigots and hide behind pseudo morality to justify it

12/30/2015 1:55:07 PM

Conservative Atheist

@FSTDT Sucks

Given the kind of things Eric Metaxas has said in the past, he'd probably consider me a left-wing PC communist or something.

12/30/2015 3:08:20 PM

Zachski

So it's SJW when a Native American speaks up and asks you not to use their religious gear as a costume?

It's SJW to object to glasses with yellowface eyes used to treat the entire Chinese race as a costume, or dress up as racist depictions from old westerns?

Apparently, that means it's SJW to be remotely empathic to minorities anymore. So consider me an SJW if that's the case.

12/30/2015 3:20:47 PM

Insult to Rocks

Maybe it's because I'm playing KOTOR on Steam right now, but when I saw "PC" I thought he was talking about the PC Master Race guys.

12/30/2015 3:24:25 PM

Scratchin' Mastermind

...Yeah, I'm on the fence about this whole political correctness thing, it's debatable. And Scratch's link made me rethink that whole "kids are getting way too sensitive thing."

That being said, the wingnuts sure haven't helped the debate much by co-opting the words "political correctness" to suit their own agendas. Allan Bloom was a conservative who trained under Leo Strauss, so that right there shows that "Closing of the American Mind" book could have a bias in a certain way: http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Neoconservatism#Leo_Strauss_and_the_.22Noble_Lie.22

So if we could ever have a honest discussion about that without the bigots hijacking it or people on the left overreacting, I'd appreciate it.

12/30/2015 3:27:00 PM

Anon-e-moose

@FSTDT Doesn't Suck, a.k.a. Aunty-FSTDT, a.k.a. FSTDT Doesn't Lie

Well, there's plenty of places that have right-wing bias you can go.

Or does the fact that this place exists makes you butthurt, much?

If thinking such as Eric Ouzo's didn't exist, there would be no need for FSTDT. But then, if yours & Eric's way of thinking was soooooo superior, then the world would be exactly as you would wish it.

The fact it isn't should tell you something.

12/30/2015 3:27:31 PM

Old Viking

This guy's points deserve consideration. There are far too many oh-so-sensitive people in our society. They spend every day searching out provocations, and react to their own perceptions with indignity. That being said, there is no law, divine or secular, that says you are not to be offended.

12/30/2015 5:04:31 PM

brazenTyrant

@FSTDT Sucks
Apparently you missed the people questioning how much of the quote is reasonable.
Personally, I'd say the problem with the quote is his reasons for complaining about 'PC Culture'. While he makes some very good points about the problems with our society's attitude to offensive actions, the core premise of his objections are that the left is opposed to 'traditional beliefs', and that people should never complain about things they find offensive. In other words, he's not complaining because people are being oppressive, he's complaining because he thinks the wrong people are doing it.

12/30/2015 5:17:35 PM

FSTDT Sucks

@Zachski

This is what the left-wing media considers a "racist" Halloween costume:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kylie-jenner-nicky-hilton-racist-halloween-costumes_563551dae4b00aa54a4e7742

Yes, it has gone too far.

12/30/2015 5:40:49 PM

Anon-e-moose

@FSTDT Doesn't Suck

Still butthurt that the world doesn't bend to your will. Must suck, being this politically impotent after late-2012. And you still daren't click on this, if you think your boyfriend Donald Fart will win next year.

Stay salty.

12/30/2015 5:44:32 PM

FSTDT Sucks

@brazenTyrant

The problem is that social justice warriors are often:

1. offended by non-issue and trivial bullshit
2. offended on other people's behalf

It's all fake as fuck. You have to at least be conditioned to take offense at this sort of thing. There is no way any reasonable person would say those two costumes are "racist" or "offensive". They might not personally like them, but attacking the character of those wearing them and calling them racist is completely unjustified. Wow they made a costume that sort of resembles something that's worn in another culture (culture isn't race by the way) who cares?

12/30/2015 5:49:14 PM

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