THE PC WORLD OF FAIRY TALES
By Debra Rae
September 13, 2006
Performer-author James Finn Garner retells classic bedtime tales as “handed down from one male-biased generation to the next”—this, purportedly to purge influences of “our flawed cultural past.” In his “first processed tree carcass” (book), published by a division of Macmillan, Inc., Garner speaks with tongue-in-cheek ostensibly to expose sexism and discrimination that “demean witches, animals, goblins, and fairies everywhere.”
In the PC world of fairy tales, the three little pigs judiciously built their respective condos using materials that were indigenous to the area. [Please note. The wolf in this story was a metaphorical construct. No actual wolves were harmed in its writing.] Snow White was an unwitting target for colorist thinking, and the defunct fairy godperson enabled Cinderella’s regrettable fashion compliance to male ideals of Barbi-doll desirability.
At one time, we all could get a chuckle out of such lunacy, but no more. Over time, the conceptual straight jacket of political correctness has become the preeminent prerequisite to expediting government control over hiring, firing, and other business practices in today’s global economy. Already, the workforce development program of Goals 2000 is considering a national job registry whose computer database contains Myers-Briggs type indicators of the job candidate’s political and religious leanings.
This government-endorsed policy of “positive discrimination” favors minority ethnic groups and women in spheres of education and employment. Affirmative action has been twisted into a legalized quota system that hurts everyone, most particularly qualified minorities.
In an ironic twist, postmodern liberals believe that standardized tests are racist, but racial quotas and set asides, reverse discrimination and cultural entitlement are not.
Laden with laughable absurdities and ludicrous inconsistencies, politically correct thought acts as an umbrella under which many postmodern “-isms” huddle. United causes include civil/gender/sexual orientation rights and radical environmentalism. Without fail, a decidedly political agenda supersedes all other considerations.
In today’s maturing New World Order, the serious business of postmodern political correctness distinguishes the philosophical reach of globalism. PC adherents employ a variety of tactics to secure their hegemony—three of which follow: selective revision of history, use of epithets, and labeling opposing arguments as mere “anecdotal evidence.”
Accordingly, independent thinkers are tagged racist, sexist, homophobic, and oppressive—sometimes with subtlety, sometimes not.
Selective Revision of History
Spawned over the last few decades, the PC program specifically deconstructs European/American culture in order to fashion and, then, clone a new American mind. Anything traditional is targeted. Judeo-Christian speech, for example, is just about the only form of speech banned in America today.
A term new to many, Afrocentrism is the politically correct theme that applauds indiscriminately all that comes out of Africa all the while condemning Euro-American culture as inherently evil. Though the term itself smacks of subtlety, it points the finger at white, heterosexual male supremacists and, of course, slave-driving colonialists, all of whom bear the brunt of blame.
Use of Epithets
A not-so-subtle columnist for SF Gate, Mark Morford poses these unsettling questions: “Who loves creepy mega-churches, stadium crowds, thousands of rabid devotees, all chugging Jesus like Kool-Aid? Should you be afraid?” Mind you, Mr. Morford admits that he’s never once attended any such gathering, but apparently he does recognize spiritual revival when he sees it.
Without apology, Morford describes that which he has no experiential knowledge of as “the hottest trend in the Christian godfearin' biz”—namely, “arena-scaled piety polished up, and bloated out, and aimed like a giant homophobic cannon straight at the gloomy face of a new and improved God.” This God, in Morford’s words, is “one who apparently truly loves the fact that these tacky, sanitized, enormo-domes are raking in an average of $5 million a year each.”
Morgan describes mega-church founders (whom he’s never met) as “glossy preprogrammed pastors” peddling “syrupy self-help books” and “hateful radio brainwashin’ programs.” Their teenage abstinence seminars are dubbed “malicious” in that “they have to go along with the nearly naked virgin car-wash fund-raisers they offer up to Jesus on warm summer Sundays.”
While slam-dunking Christians has become pleasurable pastime for PC pundits, attendees of large-scale Christian revivals labor under an invisible gag order of sorts. So pervasive is the PC straight jacket that clearly the church itself has fallen prey to its stranglehold. In 1995, Oxford University Press published The New Testament and Psalms: An Inclusive Version. In it, references to Christ’s being at the right hand of God have been omitted. Why? So as not to offend left-handed people!
Author-activist Ann Coulter contends rightly that Christians are the only group still “in the closet.” It would seem that Mr. Morford and his cronies want them to stay there!
Opposing Viewpoints Trivialized
In 1981, The Nation published an article by activist Ellen Willis. In it, Willis unveiled the objective of every feminist reform from legal abortion-on-demand to child-care programs—that being, “to undermine traditional family values.” Falling right in line, another prominent feminist, an alleged intellectual, presumes to depict all heterosexual sex as “rape.” An international Bill of Rights for women, called the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, even encourages legalized voluntary prostitution.
So trivialized are Biblical morality, monogamous, heterosexual marriage and traditional family that the United States Census Bureau recently announced, for the first time ever, it will no longer collect data on marriage, divorce, and related matters. Why bother? To radical feminists (“selfists” at heart), personal autonomy becomes life’s greatest good—surpassing even love of God, country, spouse, and children. Family court stats prove it. In the words of Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, “It’s easier to get out of a marriage than a Tupperware contract.”
The hypocrisy is endless. While political correctness denies the very existence of a moral law (right or wrong), it nonetheless morally obliges reparations from folks who never owned slaves to folks who never experienced slavery (and whose forefathers were freed from it by so-called white male supremacists, as Abraham Lincoln).
Simply put, today’s PC brand of relativism employs inequitable scales. Ironically, rather than disregard skin color, the PC movement actually magnifies, divides, and awards privilege solely on the basis of skin color. Author of Beyond Political Correctness, and professor at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Dr. David Thibodaux astutely challenges the anti-logic of countering a Black History Day and Miss Black America with a White History Day or Miss White America. (See what feathers fly then!) In light of Dr. Thibodaux’s logic, it stands to reason that, in predominantly black cities, blacks are more likely to be arrested for crimes committed. This is not racial profiling. It is the law of probability.
So much for “no rights or wrongs”: Political correctness denounces harming Mother Earth as wrong; saving her, right. Sanctified sex is wrong; “safe sex,” right. Racism and sexism are wrong and tolerance, right. All too often, independent and traditional thinkers are being forced to wave the white flag of surrender to politically-correct pluralists and collectivists.
Dr. James Dobson points out, rightly so, that “nothing short of a great Civil War of Values rages today throughout North America.” Clearly, the philosophical arm of globalism is no laughing matter. In the raging war over ideas, the very heart and mind of America are at stake.
And with no fairy-tale ending plainly in sight!
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Daughter of an Army Colonel, Debra graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa. She then completed a Master of Education degree from the University of Washington. These were followed by Bachelor of Theology and Master of Ministries degrees-both from Pacific School of Theology.
While a teacher in Kuwait, Debra undertook a three-month journey from the Persian Gulf to London by means of VW "bug"! One summer, she tutored the daughter of Kuwait's Head of Parliament while serving as superintendent of Kuwait's first Vacation Bible School.
Having authored the ABCs of Globalism and ABCs of Cultural -Isms, Debra speaks to Christian and secular groups alike. Her radio spots air globally. Presently, Debra co-hosts WOMANTalk radio with Sharon Hughes and Friends, and she contributes monthly commentaries to Changing Worldviews and NewsWithViews.com. Debra calls the Pacific Northwest home.
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Spawned over the last few decades, the PC program specifically deconstructs European-American culture in order to fashion and, then, clone a new American mind. Anything traditional is targeted. Judeo-Christian speech, for example, is just about the only form of speech banned in America today.