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Political Correctness

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.

Sticks and Stones

Yolanda Reid Chassiakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Yolanda Reid Chassiakos

Perhaps the N-word Dr. Laura might now wish to address is "Narcissism."

Maj. Nidal Hasan and the "Desperation Explanation"

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather Robinson

Mainstream media has helped to cloud perceptions of the true causes of suicide terrorism. They've reinforced the perception that suicide bombing and other forms of terrorism are in some sense arguably justifiable.

Why Is Pro-Black Being Attacked? The Unintended Consequence of Political Correctness

Yvette Carnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yvette Carnell

Although words have power, they are only as powerful as the truth which they broadcast. And politically correct words are frauds, mere counterfeits masquerading as true voice.

Gaffemaster Steele's Greatest Gaffe (So Far)

Michele Langevine Leiby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michele Langevine Leiby

William Kristol has finally said what we've all been thinking but were either too indulgent or PC to say: Michael Steele must go.

Doing Away with the Right to Be Different: The Assault on Religious Freedom

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John W. Whitehead

While the cultural landscape has changed greatly since the founding of the country, one thing must not: America should still stand for freedom and pluralism. What this demands is an equal voice for all viewpoints.

Louis C.K.'s "Louie" Succeeds When It's Political

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Andrea Chalupa

The show relies on gag-riddled skits to show the awkwardness and abuse that comes with making this major life transition, but only succeeds when Louis C.K. goes Norman Lear on us.

Political Correctness Run Amok: NAACP Plays the (Hallmark) Race Card

Michele Langevine Leiby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michele Langevine Leiby

The NAACP is officially irrelevant. That became crystal clear when the 100-year-old civil rights organization put its credibility in jeopardy in a campaign against... a Hallmark card.

Don't Speak: Helen Thomas and the Culture of Blame

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

It is wrong to shame Helen Thomas, who, throughout her life has been one of the only people to dare to offend those who needed it.

The Miss USA Pageant And The Politics Of Beauty

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Disgrasian

One of the most awesomely fake controversies of the year has got to be the decrying of newly-crowned Miss USA Rima Fakih--the first Muslim-American an...

Sex, Fruit Bats, and Politically Correct Zoology at an Irish College

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Author's Note: This case has set off quite an international debate, both for and against Dr. Evans. As I linked to below in the updates, you can check...

Girlfriends' Guide: FAT Is The New 'N' Word

Vicki Iovine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Vicki Iovine

The more cowardly we become about fat and the longer we pretend that we can continue eating while our bodies revolt against us by getting sicker and sicker, the more we fail our children and their children.

When Political Correctness Gets in the Way of Charity

Rachel Dunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rachel Dunn

When I read that Royal Caribbean cruise ships were stopping in Labadee, Haiti, I reacted with outrage. When I started thinking, I realized I was and am glad that the cruise ships are stopping in Haiti.

Is Christmas A Dirty Word?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John W. Whitehead

Christmas is being eradicated. In fact, there is a phobia about Christmas, and it's all because of those first six letters, C-H-R-I-S-T.

Guilt by Association: The Southern Poverty Law Center Hurls a Punch

Carol M. Swain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol M. Swain

A few days ago, I received a notice from a friend informing me that the Southern Poverty Law Center had included me in this week's HateWatch. I linke...

Forgiving Political Correctness At Fort Hood On Thanksgiving

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Benjamin R. Barber

My Thanksgiving wish is to understand why political correctness is a reflection of important American values, even when they exact terrible costs, as they did in the Fort Hood massacre.

A Second Chance

John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky

It's nice to get a second chance. For those of you that don't know, "The Goode Family" has moved to Comedy Central Mondays at 10:00 p.m. On our firs...

Racism, John McCain and Other Republicans

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

In 1976, 30 of my 31 police officers confessed to on-the-job use of the most vile, invective, racist language you can imagine. How do we confront the barefaced bigotry we see today?