OPINION – I am becoming so politically correct that soon I won’t even be speaking words anymore; I will just utter sounds. And I am sure there will come a day when even those are offensive to someone.
I try to treat others with kindness and have been taught the difference between right and wrong. From my parents’ example, the Bible and a great set of values, I learned everyone has value. I was taught to respect everyone and peaceably stand for what is right.
But I am tired of being nice and remaining silent when I am told to be “tolerant” of those that believe abortion is just a choice and gay marriage will make everyone feel included. I have to bite my tongue when people say God does not belong in our schools, or minority racial groups are the only ones who face discrimination because the white majority has it made. What if beliefs like these go against the core of what I believe to be true? What is the politically correct thing to do?
The words “right” and “wrong” are no longer politically correct. Our sensitivity meters find use of those words too harsh.
If I express how I really feel, will Jesse Jackson follow me around with a camera crew or will Gloria Allred descend on my doorstep and call me a hatemonger? Will Spike Lee tweet my address?
Jill Wallace, a Mormon, sent in a commentary to the Salt Lake Tribune in regards to a gay pride parade held in Salt Lake City, in which a group of Mormons marched in the parade to show their love for gay and lesbians. She wrote to the Tribune that the act of homosexuality was immoral based on her values and that she would not march for immorality, even though she too is a Mormon.
The firestorm of over 1,200 comments sparked major controversy and outrage at her “shocking statements” of what was perceived as bigotry and spite. The insults towards Wallace were so egregious and condemning that even the Westboro Baptist Church protesters would have shrieked in horror – all because Wallace said it was immoral. She had every right to say it. She is entitled to her opinion.
As a Mormon, I have faced bigotry and hateful comments but I am not begging anyone for validation. I simply do not care if someone says I am wrong. I am not offended. I assure you I will not unravel. You can still respect me without condoning or tolerating what I believe in.
America is a melting pot. We were not bound by ancestry or culture when immigrants came from all over the world. We were united by our quest for liberty. At the turn of the 20th century most immigrants did not even speak enough English to communicate with each other but they did pretty well. They did not have German pride parades or rallies for Russian equality and they lived rather peaceably. The government did not have to use force to mandate sensitivity toward each other.
Back then, we lived in an era of more discretion and privacy. People did not seek validation from the “I’m OK, you’re OK” club; they just lived their lives. They didn’t long for everyone’s acceptance.
When we fill out applications, we separate ourselves by race with the check of a box. Why can’t they just have American/Not American? We are divided by race and then told not to be racist. We are told not to discriminate and then forced to implement Affirmative Action reverse discrimination coercing employers to hire a work force based on race and gender.
Recently, Southern Utah’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community celebrated an “Equality Utah” fundraising event in our area. One of their messages was “why do we have to label people?” Well, what is wrong with labels? Well, what is wrong with labels? I am labeled a mom, a wife, a heterosexual, a talk show host, a Mormon and a female. I have lived my life actually creating those labels to define who I am. If you cannot embrace one of my labels, that’s OK; there are five other labels to choose from so that we can find common ground. If you are gay, well, that is one of your labels. Wear the label and live your life. But, it seems as though groups like this cry out for two opposing agendas; do not label us or treat us differently, but we want to be recognized as a distinct and legal class of people. It leaves me scratching my head.
If you have a purple mohawk perched on your head, earrings stapled to every orifice and eyeliner smeared six inches thick, aren’t you just begging for our attention? If you are too sensitive for feedback from confused children and glaring adults, then don’t go out in public like that.
A New York school district created a list of words that cannot be used on standardized tests because they may offend someone. If the mere mention of the words “dinosaur,” “dancing,” “poverty” and “Christmas” would hurt your child’s feelings, your parenting skills need some work. There are those among us who have created a class of the “professionally offended” and long for an excuse to be angry.
Whether we like it or not, this strong, amazing country was founded, for the most part, on those same Christian ideals that we are not allowed to speak of now or risk becoming a social pariah. Have we lost our voice of the majority to accommodate the few in the minority? Do the minorities demand tolerance for their views but show little tolerance for others? When are we going to stand up and be bold enough to say what is on our minds?
This is not a perfect country. The civil rights movement was necessary and good. If we all taught mutual respect for others in our homes, discrimination would not exist for the most part. But, the pendulum has swung too far the other way and we need to strike a balance. We are so busy tiptoeing around each other … we forget that we have heels.
Equal rights should prevail and voices can be heard when it is done peaceably. There is no room for hate-bashing and violence to force a point a view on someone. Do we have a dual set of convictions; our public beliefs to “fit in” socially and our private beliefs? I want the ability to stand up for my convictions in public and private, in peace, and still have mutual respect for each other. I want discussion and debate. “Political correctness” will not be tolerated.
Kate Dalley is a news commentator and co-host of the Perspectives morning show on Fox News 1450 AM 93.1 FM. The opinions stated in this article are hers and not representative of St. George News.
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