What is Politically Correct?

What is Politically Correct?

The outcry against “political correctness” amounts to a license for disrespect and bad manners.

Anyone who equates Democrats with communists or Republicans with fascists [or substitute any other name-calling] and brags about not being “politically correct” is insufferably disrespectful.  No political group has a monopoly on bigotry, ignorance, bullying, or any other characteristic, although it seems apparent that some groups attract more bullies, more bigots–or more civil, or more generous people.

A priority for anyone representing our country internationally is basic good manners enhanced by cultural understanding and sensitivity.   When diplomats deal with our enemies, insults, whether intentional or not, don’t help.  On the personal and local level, we can respect our neighbors regardless of religious and cultural differences.   As a Christian, I can appreciate that Muslims also believe in one God, that compassion is a core value for Buddhists, that I share a common heritage with Jews.   Yes, I’d like to share my faith with them, and I’d rejoice at their conversion, as we rejoiced at the baptism of our Muslim (at least by heritage) son-in-law, but friendship is not based on conversion.  I didn’t love my agnostic family members any less because they didn’t accept my faith, but I certainly appreciated those with whom I could have an honest conversation.  Besides, why would anyone want my faith if it allows me to treat those of other faiths, or no faith, as of lesser value?

Real political correctness does not wallpaper over dishonesty or bullying or anything else negative.  It is based on good manners and respect, and it is indispensable for both personal and international relationships.

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