Tag: political correctness

Political correctness shows why we need the gospel

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Comedian Kevin Hart. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Last week, it was announced that Kevin Hart would host the Academy Awards in February. But then some Tweets were unearthed that used the word “gay” in a negative light. The Tweets were several years old, but as a result of the backlash, Hart withdrew from hosting the awards show two days later.

I notice several theological themes in our current social discourse.

Law 

With modern political correctness, there are a dizzying amount of rules. And there is no consideration given to historical context or accepted norms. The rules are treated as universally binding. In June, an award named after famed writer Laura Ingalls Wilder was changed due to the fact that Wilder used terms for Native Americans that were common in her time and vernacular.

The modern PC movement reminds me of the Pharisees in the gospels. The Old Testament had laws, but then the Pharisees added laws on top of laws. So many rules and laws that it became impossible to follow. It was crushing. Jesus railed against the pharisees for placing crippling burdens upon people. Constantly changing language.

The danger of rabid political correctness – Auto racing driver loses sponsor for comment his father made in the 1980s

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There have been incidents in the past when comments a person made years ago resurface and come back to haunt them.

I certainly don’t want to justify or excuse hateful comments.

But people are also capable of changing. And I think that’s one thing our society is struggling to accept with the social media mobs who attack people.

This week, a story stuck out to me as being a rock bottom of absurdity. Indy Car driver Conor Daly lost a sponsorship with Eli Lilly over a racial slur. Not one that he said. He father said it.

In the 1980s.

Before Daly was even born.

And now his son is paying the price for that 30 years later.

That. is. insane.