Political Correctness is Going to Get Us All Killed

In a speech to a group of professors in Germany on September 12th, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a 14th-century Byzantine emperor who characterized some of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, Islam’s founder, as “evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”  Almost immediately, his words were picked up by every media outlet imaginable, and broadcast to the entire world.  Predictably, the Islamic world went nuts.  Many protesters immediately proved that there is some obvious and concrete validity to the Pope’s comments by erupting into violent threats, burning effigies of the Pope in the streets, etc.  Even the whole firing guns into the air and lighting cars on fire doesn’t exactly scream “religion of peace”.  Of course, the Vatican is now back-peddling like crazy and apologizing six ways to Sunday, but that’s to be expected.

I think the Pope was spot on — 100% accurate that there is a wing of Islam (I’d actually call it a “side” of Islam) that feels perfectly justified in raping, pillaging, and killing anyone and everyone who doesn’t agree with them.  Far too many Muslims feel they will rewarded by God for killing those who believe differently from them.  They feel they have the perfect right to force people to convert to Islam, and even to destroy whole nations who get in the way.  As a result, we are dealing every day with blood-thirsty killers like Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and others.

Of course, there are peaceful Muslims too — probably even the majority (although they are certainly a silent majority).  They just want to live their lives in peace, practice their religion, and not cause or get into much trouble.  I respect them.  But for the crazy Jihadists, not only do I have no respect, but I clearly believe that we will have to deal with them in a very strong, very … er … pointed way.  Let’s use the nice innocuous term “harsh”.  We’ll have to be “harsh” in our response.  Simply put, they’re going to have to be put down before they kill us all.

So, what does this have to do with political correctness?  Well, here it is…

I can’t believe the Pope is backpedaling.  Why doesn’t he stick to his guns?  Why is everyone so outraged that he called a spade a spade?  Where’s the outrage from the Muslim street or the liberal press when one of our guys is getting their head sawed off by one of these fanatics?  Where’s the outrage when someone says Christians are evil or the white man is always oppressive.  I have to stomach that crap every day, and not only do I not blow things up in response … if I so much as say that I disagree, I’m a racist or a xenophobe or whatever.

Believe that the borders of the US need to be protected and that immigration should be orderly and controlled, your a racist.

Believe that marriage has a special place in society, your a homophobe.

Believe that murderous killers like Al-Queada do not deserve civilian laywers, and you’re a human rights violator.

Believe that there’s more to interrogating captured terrorists than “May I please have your name, rank and Jihad cell number”, and you’re torturing people.

But if you’re muslim or gay or someone who lost your husband in the war or a poor Mexican immigrant or the ACLU or the New York Times…  Then you can do no wrong.  You can’t be racist.  You can’t be questioned.  You can’t be contradicted.  You can’t be profiled.  And you can’t be made to feel bad or be told your wrong, because….

Political Correctness (my definition) is the 2nd most important law of the secular culture in America:  You can never be made to feel bad.

(By the way, the first rule is: You can believe anything you want as long as you don’t actually think it’s true.  But we’ll talk about that another time.)

And here’s the problem with the don’t-make-me-feel-bad law…  It’s impossible.  The only way to throw off all ability to deal with outside pressure like that is to lock yourself in the closet … forever … and even that wouldn’t work.  So, the only way for the liberals (who believe this law to be real, where conservatives have much more of a “suck it up” attitude) is to focus on the people who disagree with them.  And of course it doesn’t help that they believe they’re morally superior to the rest of us.  I’m liberal, so I care more about people’s rights and poverty and the down-and-out and whatever else. 

The conservative wants people to pull themselves up, to work hard, to not be taken care of, etc, but that makes people feel bad.  So, the conservative is evil — or at least a callous unfeeling bastard. 

And that’s how, in the name of freedom and equality for all, people can literally be more concerned for the well-being of the terrorists than for the well-being of the incalculable number of lives they threaten to destroy?  That’s how people like John McCain can say that we’re “in danger of becoming like the enemy” or how we feel we can’t profile Arabic Muslims as potential terrorists (even though 98.3% of them are) or how professor after professor can keep his job even though he believes that the Holocaust was a myth and that we attacked ourselves on 9/11 as a ploy to get at Iraqi oil.

I think this puts all of us in a great deal of danger.  We need to start taking our ques from the Pope and call things what they really are — instead of spending so much time avoiding hurting peoples’ feelings.  And while we’re at it, let’s get rid of some of the ridiculous double standards.  Being a white protestant male doesn’t make you any more inherently anything than being a black woman or a Muslim or a homosexual.  And all the people who don’t believe that and still preach equality while pounding their fist on the podium is a hypocrite.

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About Jeff Block

Lover and follower of Christ. Husband and father. Writer and seminary student. On a long journey, learning to swim with the current of God's love and walk with Him in the garden in the cool of the day.
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4 Responses to Political Correctness is Going to Get Us All Killed

  1. Brad Bull says:

    The quote I have heard most from the pope was along the lines of “Prophet Muhammad had brought the world only evil and inhuman things.” I am not sure how you equate that to
    “I think the Pope was spot on — 100% accurate that there is a wing of Islam (I’d actually call it a “side” of Islam) that feels perfectly justified in raping, pillaging, and killing anyone and everyone who doesn’t agree with them.”
    You are right that 99% of muslims don’t want to be equated to that other 1%. As I do not want to be equated with the christian militants in Indonesia who have killed hundreds of muslims.

    That being said, I do agree that the reaction has been far out of proportion.

    ” I have to stomach that crap every day, and not only do I not blow things up in response ”
    And I once again have to express shock and disbelief that you are exposed to this every day. The last time I was called evil or oppresive for my race/religion was …well..at least 6 or 7 years ago.


    Believe that the borders of the US need to be protected and that immigration should be orderly and controlled, your a racist.

    Believe that marriage has a special place in society, your a homophobe.

    Believe that murderous killers like Al-Queada do not deserve civilian laywers, and you’re a human rights violator.

    Believe that there’s more to interrogating captured terrorists than “May I please have your name, rank and Jihad cell number”, and you’re torturing people.

    But if you’re muslim or gay or someone who lost your husband in the war or a poor Mexican immigrant or the ACLU or the New York Times… Then you can do no wrong. You can’t be racist. You can’t be questioned. You can’t be contradicted. You can’t be profiled. And you can’t be made to feel bad or be told your wrong, because….

    Do you actually believe this? That the majority of people in this country are so simplistic that they make the connections blindly? OK, I do believe denying suspected terrorists of legal representation does violate human rights (you caught me on that one). I also notice that you never make a distinction between terrorist and terrorist suspects (innocent until proven guilty thrown out the window?) But I really believe it is a very small minority that assumes x=y in your quote above. You can be both homophobic and oppose gay marriage, but if you come out against gay marriage I am not going to assume you are homophobic.

    I also don’t think your analogies correctly reflect what policical correctness is supposed to be (Many people on both sides have tried to change this). Stupid nigger! Shocked? political correctness is about sensitivity to cultural differences, not apologizing for people.

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  2. Brad Bull says:

    Rereading my post I realize the way I wrote my shocking statement “stupid nigger” might be seen as directed at you. That was not my intention at all, so please don’t read it that way. Just a reminder of the changed P.C. has brought over the last 20 years.

    Have a nice weekend.

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  3. Jeff Block says:

    > You are right that 99% of muslims don’t want to be equated to that other 1%. As I do not want to be equated with the christian militants in Indonesia who have killed hundreds of muslims.

    I don’t believe that the percentages are that imbalanced, unfortunately. I don’t think there’s any way around the reality that there’s a FAR higher percentage of Muslims who blow things up as a regular means of protest than there are Christians. I do not, nor does anyone else, have the numbers to back up my stattement or yours, but I offer this as a proof point… When a Danish newspaper published denegrating cartoons of Mohamad, there was a totally different reaction than when an art gallery recently described as “art” a jar of urine with a crucifix in it. How do you explain the difference?

    Or, something I keep coming back to… If you took all the weapons away from the Muslims in the middle east, there’d be peace. If you took all the weapons away from the Jews, every single one of them would be slaughtered in the streets. There’s clearly no equal sign here.

    > Do you actually believe this?

    That’s the reality EVERY SINGLE DAY in the media. I firmly believe that most (not all) liberals are so devoid of actual ideas that they resort to name calling when someone disagrees with them. The examples I cited are very real, and occur very frequently.

    As far as my thinking the Pope “was spot on”… Yes I do, with the statement I quoted. I should have been more clear. I do not agree that the *only* thing Islam brought into the world was death and destruction. But here’s my question… What else has the philosophy of Islam brought to us? For instance, modern science and the rule of law are a direct result of Judo-Christian philosophy. An unbelievable number of the hospitals, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, orphanages, etc were started by Christians. The printing press was invented to print copies of the Bible. Etc, etc. Those are some examples of what Judo-Christian philosophy and foundation have brought us. Can you name the analagous contributions to civilization on the part of Muslim philosophy?

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  4. Brad Bull says:

    Islam – algebra, modern medicine, astronomy… Many cultures have made significant discoveries, some unique and some in parallel. We do use arabic numbers instead of Roman numerals. But I do not think the merit of an individuals beliefs should be judged by past accomplishments.

    As far as percentages, between 1 and 2 billion people identify as muslim. 1 percent is between 10 and 20 million. I do not count peaceful protestors as radical jihadists. This means that hundreds of millions of muslims would be willing to kill or be killed to spread islam for the percentages to be where you believe they are.

    “That’s the reality EVERY SINGLE DAY in the media.”
    We have had many discussions about the media. But have you personally been villified on a daily basis for your race/religion?
    Any liberal could look at your blog and claim they are being unfairly villified on a daily basis 😉

    I would also like to state one more time that Isreal is not completely innocent in conflicts in the area. They are definitely better than they were 30 years ago, but they have been pretty vicious at times.

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