Saturday, January 21, 2006

Political Correctness

This is the sort of thing which is really, really, really pissing me off at the moment.

This link was sent to me about a post at Infactah.com

This guy was in HMV and saw copies of "Downfall", the WW2 Hitler's Bunker film, on sale and stocked in the Comedy section. A member of staff, when approached, said that there wasn't room for them elsewhere.
This wasn't enough for our bleeding heart champion of the downtrodden. He emailed the company and gave out.

For. Fuck. Sake.

Personally, I'd have laughed. It's such an Irish thing to do, to stick a Nazi war drama on the comedy shelves because there's nowhere else for it.

My reason for posting this is that we seem in the West (the really unpopular free bit of the world) to be kow-towing to the percieved hurts of each and every possible minority group in society. So everything has to be politically correct because nobody can be left out. Apparently a hospital in Dublin couldn't put up a crib for Christmas because it would offend other religions.

Ireland is a Christian country. If you don't like that, you're free to leave.
Goodbye.

In Britain, Tony Blair wants to introduce a law to make it illegal to publicly criticise religions.
Personally I'm not the biggest fan of what I percieve to be massive shortcomings in the interpertation of the Koran by a large segment of the leaders of the international Muslim community.
This is a polite way of saying that at times Islam can seem backwards.
To bring in a law making it illegal to voice your personal opinions is completely contradictory to the notion of freedom or speech and freedom of expression. If a religion can't take being criticised at all, then I somehow doubt it has the ability to survive at all.

And sorry, as I'm typing this, something came to mind.

Where are the moderate Muslims? We never hear from them. There appears to be no international eqivalent of the nuts in Al Quaeda and the ones running most Muslim countries. I'm just saying, Muslim leaders could do more to lead their religion and society away from extremism, not just reacting to the actions of the zealots.

Anyway..

I do believe public figures should strive to appear as opening and welcoming to all members of the community, regardless of their ethnic or religious backround. Right? So no "working like blacks" remarks please, Mrs. O' Rourke.
But I also believe that commentators in the media, and private members of society should be able to say what they feel (subject to incitement to hatred laws). That's what living in a free country is all about.

But back to the guy who started me off.

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People who take this attitude or perpetual indignation on behalf of minorities is ridiculous when directed at such minor issues.
Nobody could actually be offended by Downfall being in the comedy section.

If people are, then I really feel sorry for them, because they're wasting a lot of hot air on a very trivial matter.
As have I, just now!!

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