Political correctness is killing freedom of speech

Aug 27, 2015 by

By Brendan O’Neill: There are two reasons you should be freaked out by political correctness. The first is that it prevents people from saying what they want to say, from expressing what they believe to be true. And it is fundamentally illiberal to stop people from expressing their beliefs and their ideas. And the second is that it prevents the rest of us from hearing those ideas and deciding for ourselves if they are good or bad. It infantilises all of us through denying us the right to weigh things up, to argue over them, to be the arbiters of what is right and what is wrong. Instead it gives that role to a dictatorship of do-gooders, who decide on our behalf what words and thoughts are fit for public consumption. On the first point, the stifling of non-mainstream thought. One of the great fallacies of PC is that it’s just about being polite. They call it “institutionalised politeness”. It’s about eradicating ugly terms and ethnic slurs, so what’s the beef? Who could be against that, except racists and misogynists? This is disingenuous in the extreme. PC doesn’t only prevent the use of shocking words; it strangles the expression of ideas, ideologies, moral beliefs, and religious convictions. Like every form of censorship in history, it curtails the expression of beliefs that an elitist group of people have judged to be wicked or foul. Let me give you some examples of campus clampdowns on un-PC speech which are actually assaults on the expression of moral convictions. Read here Read also:  The new PC is harming the people it’s supposed to protect by Peter Franklin, Conservative...

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Mohammed, not Oliver, is UK’s most popular baby name for boys

Aug 18, 2015 by

By Archbishop Cranmer:

According to the Office for National Statistics, 6,649 baby boys were named Oliver last year, making it the most popular baby name for boys born in the UK. This was closely followed by Jack, and then Harry, followed by Jacob, Charlie, Thomas and George; and then come Oscar, James and William. A veritable feast of Norman French, if not Germanic, obscure Gaelic, biblical Hebrew and Greek with a smattering of medieval English diminutives.

But it’s misleading. The ONS background notes (p7) inform us:

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At this rate Nicky Morgan will have to be arrested as an extremist

Jul 4, 2015 by

By Rob Slane, The Conservative Woman: What exactly do they do to them at Conservative Party HQ? I’m referring to the long list of folks in that Party who once had what appeared to be ostensibly conservative leanings but who have, one by one, capitulated to the agenda of the Cultural Marxists. Clearly the party was infiltrated by out-and-out progressives decades ago, but what exactly did they do to the likes of William Hague and Eric Pickles? Were any teeth pulled or rats involved? I think we have a right to know. One of the strangest cases of Total Capitulation to the Leftist Agenda is that of the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan. There she was in 2013, voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, and doing so because she apparently believed that marriage should “only be between a man and a woman”. And yet someone also called Nicky Morgan, appearing on Radio 4’s Today programme at the beginning of the week, claimed that “homophobic” views may be a sign that a pupil is at risk of becoming an extremist. I have checked the records and it does indeed appear to be the same Nicky Morgan. Now I know that people change their minds, and often this can be a good thing – I’ve done it many times myself – but what can have caused Ms Morgan not only to change her mind, but to do so to the extent that having once appeared to understand that men can’t have husbands and women can’t have wives, just two years later she is attacking those who think marriage is “only between one man and one woman” with all the zeal of a famished wolf in a sheepfold. Read here...

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Child-Rape Crimes Covered Up

Jun 3, 2015 by

By Douglas Murray, Gatestone Institute: There are some decisions so stupid that a person who lacked restraint might howl. One such case arose last week in Britain. For years, the issue of the “grooming” of young girls by Muslim men, mainly of Pakistani origin, has been a subterranean issue in Britain. Reports of such trends have circulated for most of the last fifteen years. They have been treated not just with fear but with dread. Eleven years ago, in 2004, Channel 4 television was going to broadcast a documentary called “Edge of the City.” It included footage of parents of girls as young as 11 who had been groomed for sex by gangs of men described as “Asian.” But there was a problem. The European Parliament elections were coming up. The extremist and allegedly racist British National Party was expecting to do well in those elections in certain parts of the North of England. The organization “Unite Against Fascism,” (a group that often behaves pretty fascistically, itself) was among the associations calling for the documentary to be pulled. The timing was certainly problematic: leaders of the BNP, among others, were boasting that the documentary would favor its party as if it were a political broadcast. The police joined those expressing concern; Channel 4 decided not to broadcast the program until after the elections. Whatever the rights and wrongs of Channel 4’s decision, it proved final. No one wanted to help extremist groups that might take advantage of this story. But the story was there and needed reporting. The scandal over the delay in the broadcast played into a growing narrative — not without foundation, as it turns out — that there was an attempt at the highest levels, including the police and local authorities, to downplay the report. That view has persisted ever since. It is only because of the fearless Times of London, its journalist Andrew Norfolk, and a tiny handful of others, that some of the rape-gang cases have been given the front-page attention they deserve. In recent years, the public has learned not just that the crimes have been more numerous than anyone could have imagined, but also that they have also been more widespread. And it is not only in the North of England that these “grooming” cases have emerged. Read...

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Madness and hypocrisy – some highlights from the NUS conference

Apr 27, 2015 by

By Liam Deacon, Breitbart: Student politicos have been on good form this year. Wisdom gifted to us in their declarations include the revelation that clapping is traumatizing; that men wearing dresses is transphobic; complimenting a woman’s handwriting is sexist; and that male gay culture is racist because it appropriates female black culture. Last week the NUS met for its annual conference in Liverpool. You must be itching to find out what they came up with this time, so here are some highlights. Censoring UKIP At this year’s event political parties were invited to submit videos to be broadcast to the audience. NUS President Toni Pearce declared before conference the institution’s commitment to impartiality; “In the interest of fairness, all parties were invited to contribute,” she said. A press release later clarified: “Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg, Labour’s Ed Miliband, SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon, Plaid Cymru Leanne Woods, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, Greg Clark, put forward by the Conservatives, relayed their parties youth message. “UKIP’s Nigel Farage was not asked to participate as last year NUS conference passed clear policy influencing this, and the Greens failed to submit a video.” Of course last year’s conference voted decisively to “formally condemn” and oppose UKIP, and the NUS ranted in its blog posts about the party’s “racist,” “islamophobic” and “xenophobic” agenda that they are “urging [students not] to support.” Working with Terrorists The same organization taking an apparently moral stand against UKIP went on to confirm plans to work with Jihadi John-sympathising organization CAGE. Asim Qureshi of CAGE described Jihadi John as a “beautiful person” and later replied, “Look, I’m not a theologian,” when Andrew Neil asked if he agreed with the statement; “Female genital mutilation is not only acceptable but obligatory… Non-Muslim prisoners can be taken as slaves.” Read here...

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Another day in the death of childhood. Toddlers compelled to sign a PC tract

Apr 26, 2015 by

By Chris McGovern, The Conservative Woman: On Saturday morning I received a call from LBC Radio. I was asked to comment on a story that had appeared in The Daily Mail. I was not sure if I was dreaming or if, Groundhog Day style, April Fools Day had come around again. In order to secure a place at Turnham Primary School nursery in south London, 3-year-olds will be required, to sign an “agreement” promising to “ refrain from using … transphobic language”. Each child will be required to print their name and provide their signature before starting at the school. This is all in line with the new, ‘British Values’ agenda now being imposed on our schools. Ofsted inspectors are enforcing it and, clearly, Turnham Primary does not wish to ‘slip up’. Its “Home-School Agreement” is bang on  message: “Be tolerant of others whatever their race, colour, gender, class, ability, physical challenge, faith, sexual orientation or lifestyle and refrain from using racist or homophobic or transphobic language in school.” How 3-year-olds are expected to comprehend what they are signing up for is unclear. Most will not be able to able to write their own name let alone to decipher the adult terminology. What a frightening time 2015 can be for children! Fear of transgressing politically correct ‘rules’ they do not understand is likely to traumatise some sensitive toddlers and emotionally disturb and disorientate many others. No wonder parents described the requirement as “bonkers” and that one told the Mail:  “How am I meant to explain it to my three-year-old that he must sign on the dotted line not to do something which he is not even aware exists when he can barely hold a crayon? This just fills me with dread…” Children need to treat each other with kindness. This is the all-encompassing message that even toddlers understand. It is simple and it is sufficient. Read here...

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