Tuesday, June 21, 2005

PC Police

The Moose notes that conservatives have become such sensitive souls.

The right used to decry political correctness. They had a point - our culture has become far too sensitive to the possibility that our speech or actions can possibly offend someone, somewhere. Our discourse has become far less colorful and interesting as a result of this fear of offending PC sensibilities.

However, recently the right has become fallen in love with PC as long as it serves their interests. One prime example is conservative whining about the attacks on Christians. While the Moose believes that that there is excessive aversion to faith in the public square, Christians have no need to fear a pogrom. Yet, yesterday on the House floor, Rep. John N. Hostettler was kvetching about the demonization of Christians,

"The House was debating a Democratic amendment to the annual defense appropriations bill that would have required the Air Force Academy to develop a plan for preventing "coercive and abusive religious proselytizing."

"Hostettler, speaking against the amendment, asserted that "the long war on Christianity in America continues today on the floor of the House of Representatives" and "continues unabated with aid and comfort to those who would eradicate any vestige of our Christian heritage being supplied by the usual suspects, the Democrats."

Of course, Hostettler offered no sympathy for the non-Christian cadets who were harassed at the Academy. But then again, perhaps the good Congressman simply forgot what the dispute was about at the Academy. You see, he has a poor memory,

"Hostettler was in the news last year when he took a registered Glock 9mm semiautomatic handgun to Louisville International Airport as he was preparing to board a flight to Washington. The congressman, who said he had forgotten he had placed the gun in the briefcase, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and received a suspended sentence."

The other great Washington PC offence was Senator Durbin's remarks about Gitmo. Clearly, Durbin uttered an unartful and inappropriate analogy. It would be wise to apologize. But the conservative mob surely knows that Durbin was not suggesting that the U.S. military was either the SS or Beria's secret police. They are merely pouncing on Durbin in order to distract us from all the bad news that envelops the GOP.

But, then again, maybe the Moose is missing something. Perhaps, the right has transformed themselves into the speech police who are always on guard to protect any violations of the PC code. Beware!
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