Tag: Political Correctness

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Saying “No” to Wasting Precious, God-given Time


There’s a little-covered kerfuffle happening over at Duke University’s Divinity School. Rod Dreher, over at his blog on the American Conservative, is performing his usual insightful and careful coverage of the matter. Faculty member Paul Griffiths had enough of the usual diversity drivel that is the mainstay at academic, and, for that matter, most commercial institutions.

It started when fellow faculty member Portier-Young circulated a boiler-plate memo to the Divinity faculty, urging their participation in a “Racial Equity Institute Phase I Training” session. Professor Griffiths, politely, but firmly, urged his fellow faculty; “I exhort you not to attend this training. Don’t lay waste your time by doing so. It’ll be, I predict with confidence, intellectually flaccid: there’ll be bromides, clichés, and amen-corner rah-rahs in plenty.”


One Small Step for Crew, One Giant Leap for Crewkind


I should write a technical post on the emerging post-Shuttle age of manned space flight, but I’ll leave that for Rand Simberg, James Gawron(?), John Walker, and the others who are more knowledgeable. Instead, I’m going to bring up a NASA language peeve: The tendency to misrepresent the meaning of “man” and “manned.”

NASA, depending as it does on public relations, has probably always been a PC kind of place, at least in the public face it puts on. There is a great Bloom County cartoon satirizing the tendency to promote “firsts” in space by race, sex, and ethnicity. Those of you old enough to remember the Apollo days or earlier will no doubt recall discussions of “manned spaceflight.” But since at least the 1990s, and I suspect the 1980s, the term “manned” has been suppressed in NASA use in favor of the clunkier “human spaceflight.” Today, that inelegant phrase is increasingly replaced by the unfortunate-sounding “crewed.”

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Why I Quit College Comedy Shows


“I got married “old school” — to a woman.” It was my first college show and I didn’t want it to be my last. I had heard the war stories from my fellow comedians: preternaturally sensitive college students, indoctrinated by academic and administrative lifers who are liable to faint at the sight of a sombrero. American colleges, it seemed, comprised a continent-wide archipelago of young people with the kind of ideological fealty to authority one associates with North Koreans.

I got lucky, though, in that my college debut was at West Chester University’s Freshmen Orientation Day. Instead of being surrounded by note-taking faculty, these freshmen were seated with their parents and siblings, lending the show a relative air of fun and freedom. Everything, it seemed, has been turned upside down. Gone are the days when you monitored what you laugh at in the presence of your parents: Thanks to the fevered political climate that prevails on American campuses, the presence of parents was actually liberating.


How Going Against Trump Affected Erick Erickson


Erick Erickson has been called one of the most powerful conservatives in America. He hosts the radio show “Atlanta’s Evening News with Erick Erickson” on WSB-AM and has guest hosted “The Rush Limbaugh Show.” Erick previously served as the editor-in-chief and CEO of the conservative political blog RedState, now runs the conservative website The Resurgent, and is a political contributor for CNN and Fox News. He took a stand against Donald Trump, even disinviting him to a Red State candidate forum. He speaks frankly about receiving threats during the 2016 election while battling serious family health issues, the alt-right, and political correctness. Erick, who is currently completing his Master’s of Divinity, analyzes cultural conservatism and the “church wing” of the Republican party and whether it had an impact in 2016. Where is he now on Trump? Watch to learn what’s changed. (Filmed aboard the 2016 Post Election Weekly Standard Cruise.)


Pulse Nightclub Shootings: Six Months Later


pulse-orlando-shootingMonday, Dec. 12 was the six-month anniversary of the Pulse nightclub attacks, where 49 people were killed and at least 68 were injured; 37 of those injured were hospitalized. It was a horrific event, shocking all of us who live in the surrounding areas. The Orlando Sentinel covered the story for several months, often printing the story several times a week with the latest information. The outpouring of sympathy and condolences continued during that time regarding the loss of life, to the surviving victims, and to the families and friends who were left behind. A fund of $2.9 million was raised for the families of victims and for those who survived.

As time went on, we only glanced at articles in the Sentinel. I became aware that there seemed to be underlying reasons for the ongoing publicity of the shootings. The fact that it was a gay club was continually highlighted. Especially over the last few weeks, I have questioned the sincerity and genuine desire to help, as the City of Orlando, Orlando Police Department, the larger community and others felt compelled to demonstrate their support, not only to victims and their families, but to the LBGT community in general.


Political Correctness, Lies, and Civility


shutterstock_413064814The Right is currently embroiled in a major struggle over the bounds of acceptable speech and needed push-back in the political and cultural realms. One of the major perks of Trump is that he refuses to be held to the Left’s speech codes. However, his off-the-cuff style also exposes his crassness and undisciplined vitriol, which turn-off people who might otherwise listen to what he has to say. Ace of Spades weighs in:

I don’t think half of this party gets how sick the other half of us are of this [expletive]. Half of the party is still trying to imitate the Left, and set up their own lists of Things You Cannot Say, or trying to rescue the “good parts” of political correctness.


Professional Society to Astronomers: Stop dating each other! It’s not worth the risk!


shutterstock_305017364The feminist reaction to sexual harassment has ended with this jaw-dropping statement from the American Astronomical Society’s executive officer. Effectively, he’s telling astronomers not to date each other. I’m not exaggerating much. He’s specifically and explicitly saying that the risk of sexual harassment is so great that you are not allowed to date anybody you meet at a conference, even if you scrupulously behave yourself:

Second, do not treat any AAS meeting or other event as a venue for finding a romantic partner. Yes, there are people at our events, and yes, people do make romantic connections, and yes, there may even be opportunities to make such connections at our events, but please, everyone, just shelve these inclinations for our conferences. Too much damage is being done. Just one negative interaction in the poster hall, at a session, in the bar during the meeting, or at a restaurant or offsite event may be all it takes to dissuade a bright young scientist from participating in our field. This is unacceptable, and it needs to stop.


Political Correctness, Trumped


shutterstock_322465709-2The neurons that contain the names Milo Yiannopoulos (the conservative bon vivant/twitter troll) and Paul Johnson (the historian) are well-spaced in my brain but, this morning, I was amazed to discover a new synapse connecting them. The connection, as some of you may have guessed, has to do with political correctness and the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee. Both men are, rightly, avowed enemies of the former and, interestingly, supporters of the latter.

Yiannopoulos — a professional naughty boy who, to his credit, has made standing-up for the rights of others to be naughty boys a central part of his career — and his provocations are well-known and well-documented elsewhere, but I imagine a great many folks were surprised to see the author of Modern Times and A History of Christianity offer what appeared to be an endorsement of Donald Trump on these very grounds:


Now That’s Real Progress: Conservatives Win in AZ


640px-Flag_of_Arizona.svgMy adopted state (one can never be a true Arizonan unless native born) has gone and done it again. This time it’s not about concealed carry — No permit? No problem! — immigration (we E-Verify everyone), tent jails and bologna sandwiches (were you expecting the Ritz and caviar?), guns set loose by the Feds so the Mexican Cartels can be properly armed (every proper drug lord should have a genuine, made in USA, semi-automatic rifle!), or our tendency to be a little hard headed. This time it’s about reeling in the academy’s political correctness coercion coalition.

It is now illegal in Arizona to restrict free speech in any way on our college campuses. Anyone can say anything, anywhere, anytime, even if someone’s precious PC ears find it distressing. This is all within reason, of course, holding to the “fire” exclamation and threats exceptions. We also made it illegal to attempt to obstruct the rights of others to speak or to listen to political speech anywhere, anytime. It will be interesting to see how that particular law will be enforced.