Political correctness left and right
A young Canadian libertarian thinks about social conservatism. If a Muslim can’t handle hearing a Christian word then he does not belong in a country of (supposed) free speech. Not all social conservatives want the government to control speech to fit the Canadian heritage mold. I would argue that most, like me, would probably prefer everyone to be culturally Canadian and value traditions but would rarely want the government involved.
I haven’t heard of Muslims objecting to Christian words like “Christmas” — the word mentioned in the original article The Shotgun: My brush with conservatism:
On one side of that line, there is ‘being politically correct’; on the other, free speech. Using the term Holiday instead of Christmas is fine when used to include all religions and ethnicities, but telling someone that they can’t use the word Christmas because it is discriminating against non-Christians is ridiculous.
“Social conservatives” seem to attribute “political correctness” to the left, but it’s equally common on the right.
I’ve heard of some “socially conservative” Christians who have objected to having “Halaal” printed on food for sale, so this is not simply a “left” political correctness — it affects the whole political spectrum except the liberals, who believe in live and let live.
And “live and let live” means that Christians can have Christmas (though we prefer to call it “The Nativity of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ”, but “Christmas” is fine as shorthand) and Muslims can have Ramadan without it being called “the holidays”, and can have food marked as “Halaal” if it makes shopping easier for them. It would be nice if food were also labelled “Nistisimou” for Orthodox Christians, though. Would Muslims object to that? I doubt it. And matzos is “nistisimou”, even if it is labelled “kosher”.
My objection to “Christmas socials” is that they usually take place during the pre-Christmas fast, and not during the Christmas festive season season itself.
But don’t come with all that guff about left “political correctness” — it comes just as much from the socially conservative “religious right” as it does from the left, if not more so.