Our tolerance is being hijacked by PC nuts. Time to declare war

Controversial News | PC political correctness gone mad | Intentious

One of the most sinister aspects of political correctness is the way in which those who cry offence claim to be acting in the interests of minority groups.

This is despite the fact that, very often, they are not ideas formed in the offended minds of minorities at all, but by members of the majority who want to destroy their own culture, for whatever reason. They use minorities to camouflage their true intentions.

There is a very clear line between speaking your mind on a topic you find controversial, and making an issue out of nothing, merely for the attention to further some ulterior agenda. This is the major problem I have with “political correctness terrorists” and I outwardly declare war on them via Intentious. Make no mistake, I will be attacking every example of “political correctness gone too far” that I possibly can, on this news site. Why? Because with every PC case that is given media and court time, we unravel a little more of our society’s security, a little more of our society’s common sense, edging ever closer to a nation with so little freedom of expression left, lest we offend or “harm” anyone at all, that we will inevitably open ourselves right up to a takeover by said minority groups.

The latest example stars once again, that all-time world champion of political correctness, the BBC. Apparently, it has jumped on the recent bandwagon that the terms AD and BC (Anno Domini, or the Year of Our Lord, and Before Christ) must be replaced by the terms Common Era and Before Common Era. You will recall, that Intentious covered this farce earlier in the year: when the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority decided it would be in everybody’s best interest to adopt it in public, non-religious schools, a true show of equal rights for non Christians.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), the independent authority responsible for the development of national curriculum, said BCE and CE were to be introduced because this was an increasingly common standard for the representation of dates. A spokesman for ACARA explained that the little known term BP (Before Present) will be used when dealing with “very ancient history and archaeology, and allows for the teaching of more sophisticated understandings of representations of time.” A spokesman for Adrian Piccoli (Education Minister) said the minister was not concerned about the changes as the terms BCE and CE were now commonly used.

Christopher Pyne of Australia’s Liberal National Party, representing Federal Opposition, has joined with religious leaders in criticising the government’s desire to implement this change:

“Australia is what it is today because of the foundations of our nation in the Judeo-Christian heritage that we inherited from Western civilisation. Kowtowing to political correctness by the embarrassing removal of AD and BC in our national curriculum is of a piece with the fundamental flaw of trying to deny who we are as a people.”
Source: From BC to PC – Erasing Jesus from the Historical Timeline | Intentious 

See, on first read, the ACARA’s cleverly worded stance seems totally good natured and reasonable at first: what a responsible authority! They’re acting in the best interests of 21st century learning, giving students a more meaningful and accurate date system… in the word “common era”?

Excuse me, but how is “common era” any more accurate or meaningful to explain the reason the whole world numbers this the year “2011”? Regardless of whether you believe in Christ or not, what explanation is there for when “common era” begins and why humans decided to start counting two thousand and eleven years ago? Did we all just wake up one day and switch to “the common era”?

The irony is not lost on me:

From BC to PC - Erasing Jesus from the Historical Timeline | Intentious

Thankfully though, this is one battle the UK (and common sense) has won… for now:

Admittedly, the finer details of this particular example are a little removed from my larger argument against Political Correctness war in general, so allow me to steer it onwards:Australia, the United Kingdom and the US are not “on their way” to becoming PC nanny states, they already are. You can’t so much as propose a children’s movie with 1980’s standards of scary (and by scary, I’m talking “Dot And The Kangaroo”, “The Dark Crystal” or “The Neverending Story” level of scary) before super-precious parents who don’t even go to the cinema, complain that we will irreversibly destroy the minds of their innocent children if they see something that might be slightly terrifying in the context of a thrilling family adventure.

Please.

Somebody show these children a program with a full range of emotional experiences, lest they turn into the PC zombies their terribly sheltered parents have become.

Call Me A Racist

Like him or loathe him, one of the last bastions of truly open political blogging in this world is Australia’s (in)famous newspaper columnist and blogger, Andrew Bolt. He speaks a lot of nonsense and offends many, but more often than not, he is one of the good guys: he reels us citizens back in and reminds us to at least consider different sides of common sense and question the political correctness machine around us.

This is why we should all worry greatly about the latest bizarre ruling from the federal court, which found Bolt in breach of the Racial Discrimination Act.

Andrew Bolt was today found guilty in the Federal Court of breaches of the Racial Discrimination Act. Justice Mordy Bromberg in his ruling, found two articles written by Bolt in 2009—claiming that self-proclaimed aborigines of caucasian descent and appearance were “political aborigines”, who used their legal “indigenous” status to intrigue themselves into lucrative positions, open only to indigenous Australians, and further their (predominantly activist) careers—left it …reasonably likely that fair-skinned Aboriginal people (or some of them) were offended, insulted, humiliated or intimidated.

What this ruling means, is that you can be sued for vilification if – simply – the victim feels that they were greatly offended: an impossible legal criterion, one which is open to any imaginable distortion of meaning, and one which opens the way to the tyranny of the hypersensitive.

The Macpherson Report deems a “racist” incident as “any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person”, a definition that has done immeasurable damage to social cohesion in Britain, further encouraging a poisonous culture of victimhood, grievance and entitlement, as well as serving to increase the racial tension it was supposed to diminish. And now the Australians are following their idiotic example.

Source: Freedom of speech is dead in Australia – Telegraph Blogs.

Don’t Call Me Fat

Last week, I walked past a magazine stand which boldly advertised the title “Don’t Call Me Fat!” with an obviously obese celebrity claiming offence at the F-word being used to describe her being medically, by definition, fat.

Although being fat is a black and white fact, a medical, measurable threshold, this is not good enough for the easily offended who are gaining more and more media attention every time this PC argument comes up, with increasing pressure on society to drop the definition within the media, advertising and entertainment world.

The fact that the majority of US and Australian citizens are overweight is often used to “prove” a majority feel the word “fat” is a derogatory, hurtful and inaccurate label, that it must go.

However, I believe that a word does not deserve to be abolished, removed from media or re-defined simply to suit the egos of a nation of fatties. The numbers used to represent sizes on dresses are already being deliberately dropped in some stores in order to proliferate this politically correct state of denial the nation is living in: that fat is the new skinny, that obese is the new plus size. Don’t you dare label it any other way lest you get labelled a bigot, sexist, chauvinist yourself.

Too scared to state facts: political correctness has won

Don’t Call It Christmas

We are bullied out of being allowed to even claim our traditional holidays, too. At least Europeans still get to play carols on their radio stations, still have angels atop their Christmas trees on television and still sell cards with the nativity and references to Christmas predominantly in the shops. In Australia, due to political correctness, the Christmas season has become some sort of Coles and Woolworths joint venture with Cadburys, devoid of any religious relic in their stores lest it offend and turn away non-Christian shoppers. The once religious nativity scenes famously constructed in department store windows are all but abolished, replaced instead with thinly veiled advertisements to sell meaningless kid’s books or promote some new movie without an ounce of Christian values because non-Christian city walkers might get offended that Christians should dare to continue to have the freedom to celebrate in public.

Well it god damn offends me. So you non-Christians want to take part in Christmas too but not religiously, only commercially? Well I say too fucking bad! Allow Christian owners of businesses to put up what the god damn like and get over it. Do you insult Asian restaurants for displaying a laughing buddah in the window every day of the year? Then why the fuck do you have a problem with Christmas?

Controversial News | PC political correctness gone mad | Intentious

All of this PC nonsense offends me greatly. Where are the lawyers and unions for those like me, who find this political correctness foolishness, offensive?

Had I the choice, I would boycott the companies who are perpetrators of political correctness for boycotting my values in common fucking sense and freedom of expression. However, I don’t get that choice. I am the prisoner of society, as famous Australian punk band The Living End once put it. You are a politically correct prisoner and if society commands you not to label and not celebrate what they tell you, then you don’t get the right to be offended!

Wake the fuck up and stand up for yourselves, people. I truly cannot be the only person who feels this way, just take a look at the related articles below. Why don’t more of you speak up? There’s offense and vilification, sure, but there must continue to be a higher degree of common sense, or at the very least, “hardening the fuck up” and not getting offended at every little thing you disagree with.

Apathy in the face of political correctness is allowing the Western world to be stamped out, bit by bit, replaced by hypersensitives: a nation become more and more fragile, and frankly, a more dangerous place to simply be who you are, openly. Soon, you will be able to be sued for simply writing a post like this one right here.

You are all becoming too scared, too embarrassed and too ashamed to stand up for yourselves in this political correctness war. Join me and do something about it.

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19 Comments on “Our tolerance is being hijacked by PC nuts. Time to declare war”

  1. November 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    Regarding the calendar change… have you noticed that the days of the week are named after heathen gods? Thor’s-day, Woden’s-day, Saturn’s-day are some of the more obvious examples. Not to mention nature worship: Moon-day and Sun-day. This is just offensive to both non-norse pagans and non-hippies as well as each other. We should adopt a system used in other countries: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4… (I’m serious, some countries name the week days this way – no character at all).

    If the Christians can cope with pagan gods in the week, I think non-christians can cope with BC and AD.

    • November 1, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

      Changing BC to BCE is like trying to change the calendar days to “Firstday” “Secondday” “Thirdday” etc, for exactly the same reasons. Who are they trying to kid? Nobody finds the current days of the week names offensive, and if they do, grow the fuck up and get over it. People need to stop trying to appease every minority group with some kind of law change for ridiculous crap that isn’t harmful to anyone and that 99% of people don’t give a toss about.

      • November 2, 2011 at 10:49 am #

        I think you hit the nail on the head when you said it wasn’t about appeasing minority groups, rather it was about ulterior motives.

  2. November 1, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    (I know your comment was on the side of this article by the way, I just wanted to drive it home even further 😀 )

  3. Leigh Gridley
    November 2, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Andrew, I agreed with your headline…and that’s about all. Political correctness certainly has it’s pointless extremes (“fairy” penguins being seen as offensive comes to mind), and I found myself (rarely) agreeing with Bolt on the possibilities of dodgy ‘political’ aborigines. But surely you don’t think ALL political correctness is bad? Would you really prefer those carnival ride signs to read “Don’t ride if you are too fat”?

    You are clearly angry with “non-Christians” for making these changes, but there has never been a law in Australia stopping Christians from performing any of their traditions. You just don’t seem to like it when not everyone believes what you do. I am a non-Christian, but I make no claim to “want to be involved not religiously, only commercially”. Public holidays and the Coles/Woolworths battle for maximum profit are completely out of my hands. I don’t have a problem with “Asians” OR Christmas!
    Political correctness goes crazy occasionally, but remember the whole point of it is free speech – so we don’t have to put up with “Christianity = common sense” attitudes everywhere. I think you need a reality check if you think Christians do it tough, or if you think Christians are a minority in the Australian decision-making process 😦

    • November 2, 2011 at 10:56 am #

      Leigh! You can’t say “aborigines” that’s a derogatory term. The correct term is “aboriginals” so stop being racist! Just kidding about you being racist of course, but I’m serious about those words, Deakin University’s guide to PC (or Proudly Considerate) said that “aborigine” was an example of racism while aboriginal was not. PC is so insidious it distracts discussion from what people actually say and just focusses on how they say it.

      Fat people are FAT. FAT FAT FAT FAT FAT FAT!!! One can say they’ve got a little bit extra, or that they’re generously endowed but you can’t change the fact that they are FAT! Politeness be damned, we are not changing reality when we change the words, reality is reality whatever we call it. It also doesn’t convince anyone that they’re making the world a better place. Shit by any other name stinks.

      Most atheists don’t care about BC and AD, it’s irrelevant to their goals. In fact, it’s annoying because it detracts from the things that actually matter to atheists.

      I think Andrew was just saying that he doesn’t want to live in world where calling a fat person fat is considered a hate crime.

    • November 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

      Sure, absolutely. Not all political correctness is bad. We do need some. It’s just gone too far. Yes, a theme park sign should be able to read “Warning: Overweight people may be unable to ride due to the design of the seats” and not throw a legal hissy fit and sue the ride owners for offence.

      The Christian examples were examples where (supposidly) a minority did exactly what you just said to me: “just don’t seem to like it when not everyone believes what you do.” This reason, purely just due to “offence”, was deemed, legally, enough to get the Myer Windows banned from displaying Christian scenes at Christmas. By my argument, then, clearly, the majority of people who are offended that it was banned, should equally be capable of getting it reinstated. Conclusion: The law that mere “offence” leads to things getting banned, is a fucking joke.

  4. rich
    November 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    this was one of the articles I wanted to write, thanks for covering it for me in better words than I could have described.

    “Freedom of speech only matters if the person you hate is allowed to express their view.”

    THEN you can shoot that view down.

    • November 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

      Rich – do you want to join us as a regular contributor? Email me your email address (ours is at the top of the page) if you’re interested 🙂

  5. James Hill
    November 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    I would go further and suggest that all political correctness is bad. The hint is right there in the term, “politically” correct, not simply “correct.” Political correctness is merely the tools used by an increasingly unhinged group of people to restrict language in an effort to stifle debate before it even starts. Instead of debating Andrew Bolt in a public forum to dispel his incorrect statements, they stifled him in a court. Instead of letting the vast, vast evidence for the holocaust speak for itself, they make holocaust denial illegal. It’s not hard to see the problem here: when bad arguments are simply stifled, people start to ask why. Political correctness obfuscates the truth even when the truth helps the cause of political correctness advocates. When PC is used to eradicate terms like overweight, or obese, or it attempts to prevent police referring to suspect’s race over police radios, it just straight up obfuscates the truth to the detriment of all.

  6. Anonymous
    November 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    Love this topic, it really brings out the best and worst in people. I feel not only has PC gone to far it has reached in most cases to the point of no return. It is a fucking joke , look at what has happen in areas like the library in schools Noddy and Big Ears has been banned from being read and watched because it sends signals of homosexuality , Humphrey Bear had to start wearing pants because it was deemed rude and obscene. Nigger brown the colour used in home decorating was renamed mission brown, Golliwogs loved toys by many just missed out on being burnt at the stake.I wonder in a few years the good old COON cheese gets a rename when will the stupdity of people stop and yes Jason FAT IS FAT and yes Andrew our nation are a fragile bunch of hypersensitive idiots , and yes we are becoming prisoners in our own society.

    • November 4, 2011 at 10:14 am #

      Thanks for the comments! I encourage you to share it across your social networks.

  7. Anonymous
    November 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Andrew Beato, you deserve the comments I love Intentious and everyone should be spreading the words across the social networks, go to it people I reply very often to things it keeps my brain from having a middle age meltdown. Chez,Sydney.

  8. Chaniqua Brown
    November 7, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    “When PC is used to eradicate terms like overweight, or obese, or it attempts to prevent police referring to suspect’s race over police radios, it just straight up obfuscates the truth to the detriment of all.”

    ….Calling all cars, calling all cars, be on the lookout for a chocolate skinned gentleman;frizzy hair; wide nose; big lips….

    …Warning: Gravitationally challenged people may be unable to fit due to the design of their bellies….

  9. November 8, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    Great Discussion.

    The Christmas thing caught my eye in a blog search.

    Only one thing to say, Merry Christmas is not a four letter word. When some politically correct moron wishes me Happy Holidays, I reply with Merry Christmas (and I’m an Atheist). If they remind me it’s not politically correct I remind them that’s what we say in my country, don’t care what they say in yours.

    • November 8, 2011 at 10:03 am #

      A short update on the Christmas thing: I visited the Myer Windows the other day, and was pleasantly shocked to see – for the first time I can remember – a nativity scene in the last window. A full on nativity scene. Blow me down, slap me in the face n’ call me Charlie. Never thought I’d see a department store decided to publicly give a nod that Christmas means more than just Santa and toys and huge sales. Well done Myer.

    • November 9, 2011 at 10:40 am #

      Yeah, I deliberately give people nativity scene Christmas Cards just to rub it in PC people’s noses. haha!

  10. Anonymous
    November 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    What a shame the nativity scene was in the last window and not the first, I suppose we just have to be grateful for small things in this PC WORLD OF OURS. Chez,Sydney.

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