We’re at the point now where criticising what has become politically correct is considered a mortal sin, almost worthy of banishment.
Consider for example, the situation on too many university campuses where free speech is no longer permitted, simply because it may cause someone gastrointestinal distress or whatever. Universities now routinely shut down events because they are worried about safety issues. Most of the time, those events involve ideas. The safety issues concern violence on the part of students and other masked demonstrators who don’t agree with the ideas of the various speakers.
Or consider the enormously politicized “pride” movement. At base, what it is celebrating is sexual practice – with whom you have sex. To express an opinion contrary to propaganda of "anything goes" is to commit another one of those mortal sins. Consider the power the gay community has achieved when it can ban police officers from marching in a supposedly public parade which is supposed to be celebrating diversity. The reason? Someone may be offended by police uniforms. Never mind that half naked or fully naked gay men and women may be marching in the same parade. Perish the thought that anyone could find that offensive. If you do find it offensive, then you are guilty of not accepting the “difference”.
Consider as well the recent demonstrations in Halifax aimed at removing the statue of Edward Cornwallis, the founder of Halifax. The statue has been there for a hundred years, but only now has it become a trigger point of anxiety for some people who feel their safety is threatened by what it represents. So the demonstrators gather at the statue and insist that it be torn down, so they can help to sanitize images of Canadian history. They want it only “their way”.
When five Canadian soldiers showed up at the demonstration to support Canadian identity, you would have thought they had assault rifles and bombs instead of the Union Jack flag. They tried to talk politely to the demonstrators but there’s video showing those demonstrators, many of whom were aboriginal, screaming at the five soldiers and threatening them.
Later native activists insisted that the soldiers be punished for expressing their opinion, which just happened to be contrary to the hysteria that some of the demonstrators displayed. How dare they have a contrary opinion to this attempt to whitewash Nova Scotia history!
Now, after the Canadian military hierarchy has said the soldiers will not be punished, there is a hue and cry from those same activists who insist there should be serious punishment. One wonders if 40 lashes in the public square would suffice? Or perhaps a fate similar to that of Jean de Brébeuf and his companions at the hands of the Iroquois?
My question is: if it is all right for the native activists and the students on university campuses to INSIST on their rights, then why can’t the rest of us do the same without being labelled as oppressors? If you are going to preach pride and diversity, then how can you exclude any one group, regardless of their profession, because you say they make you uncomfortable. At base, is that any different from Trump’s plan to exclude Muslims from immigrating to the USA?
The intolerance displayed by these groups is such that they are taxing whatever compassion I have left. Don’t try to shut off the free flow of ideas, regardless of how you interpret them. Don’t try to rewrite our history with the excuse that it makes you anxious. Don’t tell a working police officer that he/she can’t march down a public street in uniform, because it makes you uncomfortable.
Bottom line is that this world is more than just “about you”. If you want to march and protest about something, then march and protest about child abuse, family poverty, hungry kids, suicidal teenagers and homeless men, women & children.
Don’t waste my precious time bitching about statues or trigger points or ideas that don’t fit into your narrow definition of acceptable.