There's a lot of talk lately about fear of "offending" groups, organizations, crazy extremists, etc.

Here's a few examples:

1) West Yorkshire, England (3/16/07) - "Three Little Pigs" changed to "Three Little Puppies". A school official claimed a fear that "some Muslim children wouldn't sing along to words about pigs".

2) London, England (4/12/07) - BBC declares British hero's story in Iraq is "too positive" & that it may alienate members of its audience. I'm assuming, in this case, we're talking about a predominately Muslim audience. (Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin)

3) Los Angeles, CA (4/18/2001) - The late Johnny Hart, of B.C. fame, was dropped from the LA Times on the demands of Jewish Defense League - among others - as "an affront to the Jewish people".
Story: Jewish World Review (by Michelle Malkin)

Here's my point: The above instances were a result of people or organizations claiming they "feared offending" another group. I can sum this up in one concise term:


No one is afraid of offending someone. They're afraid of the response to their (perceived or real) slight.

In other words the chickens-in-question are afraid that the offended party will come after them with a vengeance. This means they don't respect the group, they fear them. If you truly didn't want to offend someone, it would be out of consideration for the person, not fear they'd cut your head off (file suit, punch you in the nose, etc).

So, you primarily left-wing folks out there shying away from your own culture to embrace the cowardice that is the P.C. world - keep in mind that the only thing offended in this world is human sensibility.


Anonymous said...

Oh, I don't know, Ant. I agree that too many people are taking it too far.

But maybe the people who are scared of offending are those individuals that have faced an Uncle's underpants wedgie.

~ A friend from the far past.

HapKiDo said...

Not sure who this is. Except for the "friend" part, I would have guessed my cousin.
Only other guess I have is one of my old Navy buddies - either the big guy from Pepin,WI or the dude that came to the GW from the Carl Vinson.

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