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Political Correctness

The Pro-Gun Lobby and Political Correctness

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

30,000 Americans die by guns each year. Of course, people die in other ways, too. But that's no reason not to focus on one particularly significant source of preventable death in America.

Musings On The 'Holiday Tree'

Brian Levin | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Brian Levin

It is one thing to wish someone a "happy holidays" in reference to the multitude of secular and religious winter holidays. It is quite another to declare that an evergreen tree is a universal holiday symbol.

Happy Insult Native Americans Month!

Alison Owings | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Alison Owings

This is the last week of Native American Awareness Month and among my fellow nons, there hasn't seemed to be much awareness going on. But there has been a lot of ripping, following a lot of ripping off.

Goodbye Columbus? Celebrating Old Christopher Falling Out of Favor

Howard Barbanel | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics
Howard Barbanel

There needs to be a middle ground. While a lot of bad happened in the creation of the Americas, a lot of really good good has come of it.

Freedom of Suppression

Michael Drew | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Michael Drew

What do you consider to be freedom of expression? The right to offend? The right to be offended? The right to say whatever or to let others say whatev...

Muslims Combating Islamism: Exercising The Bare Minimum Of Faith In An Age Of Political Correctness

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 09.11.2012 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

There were many reasons why I testified in the investigative hearings held by the House Committee on Homeland Security examining radicalization within the Muslim American community. I testified because I believe exposing a wrong is the bare minimum of my faith.

Five Recommendations for a New Politeness

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.04.2012 | Media
Roy Speckhardt

With political correctness an irreformable term, and chivalry having its own baggage, perhaps we can learn to be polite without allowing it to hamper our ability to be opinionated.

Should Schools Ban The Words 'Gay' And 'Retarded'?

By John Mederich John is a senior at Mather High School. He’s a reporter for The Mash, a weekly teen publication distributed to Chicagoland hig...

Bill Maher: Stop Apologizing

www.nytimes.com | Posted 03.22.2012 | Politics

THIS week, Robert De Niro made a joke about first ladies, and Newt Gingrich said it was “inexcusable and the president should apologize for him.” ...

Jeremy Lin doesn't make you Larry Wilmore

J.D. Bell | Posted 04.18.2012 | Black Voices
J.D. Bell

Jeremy Lin is much more than a fortune cookie. Treat him as such.

What's so wrong with "Mademoiselle"

Mona Elyafi | Posted 03.24.2012 | Women
Mona Elyafi

Turning "Madame" into the universal title for women creates, in my opinion, a form of reverse discrimination.

Teacher Fired for "Joking": That's No Joke

Steve Nelson | Posted 01.02.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

We should all be politically correct if it means using language that is inoffensive and treating each other with empathy. Just because one has the Constitutional right to be offensive, one needn't exercise that right.

Reality Check Your Own Privilege

Bianca James | Posted 12.31.2011 | Chicago
Bianca James

Extreme political correctness can feel like moral panic. We rally against policy brutality and totalitarian brainwashing, then find ways to perpetuate it in our own communities.

There's A Problem With The Help

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 10.29.2011 | Entertainment
Nancy Doyle Palmer

Like many others who thought they liked The Help only to be vaguely (or not so vaguely) troubled soon after, I've been worrying about this film in my mind ever since I saw it a few weeks ago.

The Character Of Cornel West

Jeffrey Stout | Posted 07.30.2011 | Religion
Jeffrey Stout

Let's be honest here. No one in my generation has more fully embodied the vocation of speaking truth to power, within the elite universities or without, than West.

America's Growing Intolerance: How 'Enemy Creep' Is Guantanamo-izing America

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Karen J. Greenberg

Just in case you thought political correctness had been thoroughly discredited in the culture wars of the 1990s, it's back -- and this time it's being treated as a stalking horse for terrorism and getting pummeled all over again.

The Ten Politically Correct Commandments

Tom Gerdy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tom Gerdy

I've tried to make something that could hang in our schools and government buildings without creating mass hysteria.

War, Conscience And Killing With 'Absolute Certainty'

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Absolute certainty can lead to behaviors that are absolutely wrong. Prior to his conversion the apostle Paul was absolutely certain he was right to persecute Christians.

'Politically Correct' -- The Lazy Bully's Label of Choice

Alfie Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alfie Kohn

Theoretically, any idea or practice that's widely accepted, but which one would like to call into question, could be described as politically correct (PC).

A Few Words In Defense of the N-Word, in the Novels of Mark Twain

Mikhail Lyubansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mikhail Lyubansky

While racial insensitivity and avoidance of discussions about racism are real problems in classrooms, removing racially objectionable content from literature cannot possibly be effective in anything other than eliminating discomfort.

Huck and Finn Rewrite

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Can Writing Be Taught?

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Behind McGurl's fancy charts and diagrams is the simplistic idea that because the program era exists, it does so because it serves a useful function.

Christmas Tree or No Christmas Tree

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Wendy N. Powell

Should businesses decorate for Christmas? The questions about holiday decorations come with Santa-sized baggage, and these symbols of the holiday season can be a challenge.

Juan Williams Should Have Been Given a Choice -- NPR or Fox

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mark Green

The result was right though the process wasn't. Since you can't ride two horses in different directions, Williams should have been given a choice -- be a civil, thoughtful analyst on NPR or a demagogic winger on Fox.

Satirizing India in the Age of Globalization

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

This remarkable debut novel is one of the very best novels ever to come out of South Asia, and points to a new direction after the earlier wave of writing by Salman Rushdie, Rohinton Mistry, and Vikram Seth.