The Irony of Political Correctness

Political correctness is rampant in my corner of the world.  For example, one does not dare–and in some cases is outright forbidden–to wish a stranger a “Merry Christmas” lest they be offended because they celebrate a different holiday in December. (I do not see the “taboo” promulgated by mainstream faith traditions, though.) My town is dominated by secular humanists, who sneer openly at Christians, and feel that religion is the cause of all evil–especially my religion.  Yet, they set great store on “tolerance”, one of their highest values.   They don’t seem to see the contradiction in this. 

They also don’t seem to see that in their zeal for tolerance and multiculturalism in regards to Christmas celebrations,  they are causing what they profess to be  against: intolerance.  

 The vigorous outcry, and peer pressure against wishing people a Merry Christmas or a Happy Hannukah is not leading to tolerance and inclusion. It is leading instead to a fear of being judged and castigated for expressing joy and good wishes freely with one another.  It is leading to people seeking out only their “kind” in order to relax, exchange pleasantries and tell the truth of who they are.  It is leading to people feeling most comfortable only with those most like them.  How ironic that a zeal for tolerance leads to a reaction of withdrawal into separate exclusive groups, in small ways and large.

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I am an iconographer, and have been studying Russian/Greek icons since 1995. I'm married with 3 children. I love hiking, camping, animals, my family and church--and icons.
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2 Responses to The Irony of Political Correctness

  1. James Even says:

    What a strange irony it is indeed. We need to include all religions and cultures yet we feel uncomfortable in handing out good wishes in our own way unless they are sterilized down to “happy holidays”. To homogenize this time into one sterile phrase like that takes all the many flavors of those faiths and cultures out of the season… So I say Merry Christmas to everyone I meet and would gladly hear anything they feel impelled to reply in return… Thanks for the post, I kinda needed to hear it…

    • reinkat says:

      Thank you for your comment. I say Merry Christmas to everyone, too, and find the reactions interesting: Sometimes a quiet smiling reply, sometimes a huge beaming smile and the remark that it “sounds so good to hear somebody say that again”, and sometimes a self-righteous corrective Happy HOLIDAYS, or a cold silent stare, and sometimes even a look of almost fear, eyes darting around, that I had broken the taboo and said THAT word in public where someone could HEAR. And they don’t want to be involved . . .
      It angers me a bit, I have to confess.
      There was a TV show with remarks by children (a la the old Art Linkletter style) where a little girl asked: How come they only have to say “Holiday” at Christmas, and can say all of the other holidays?” Yes, indeed.

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