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Skeptic BS: Politically correct: To be or not to be! (108* d) RE: BS: Politically correct: To be or not to be! 06 Apr 01


The key word is "Maybe". Making a prospective assumption of intent is coercive and would seem to create the monster it is trying to fight.

All to often, the desire "not to offend" seems to make a prospective assumption that (1) The identified group will be offended (2) that if they are offended, they are too....weak, emotionally/socially/intellectually immature, to..... something.....to deal with the offense and the offender. Which says a lot about how much respect the people making up the rules have for their fellow humans.

Underlying this is the assumption that hurting someone's feeling (or the belief that someone's feelings might be hurt) is something more than a matter of civility and common politeness; that it needs to be codified and enshrined as law. (Above and beyond the current slander/libel laws).

Which strikes me as ominous at best because it's a bottomless pit.

John




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