Political Correctness Gone Mad: Pretending That Our Religions Are Not Inane
On a recent broadcast of the O’Reilly Factor, leading international right wing propagandist, Bill O’Reilly, referred to the Washington State government’s allowing of the presentation of an atheist display critical of religion on public property alongside a Christian Christmas display as “political correctness gone mad”.
No. This is not political correctness gone mad. This is the upholding of the US Constitution gone right. Despite the delusions of the Christian right, America is an officially secular nation. As most of us are very well aware, within the First Amendment of the US Constitution is an explicit statement that US governments and public agencies may not show favouritism or endorsement of one religion over others, or religion generally over non-religion. The implications of this Constitutional obligation with regard to religious displays on public property are clear: either no religious/belief community gets to put up a display or any can so long as the displays do not violate any laws.
I’ll tell you what is political correctness gone mad, though. Political correctness gone mad is being told that it is inappropriate to pretend that basing one’s core beliefs on the nature and origins of the universe, life, morality and the afterlife on an old book fraught with nonsense and utterly lacking in anything even approaching evidence is not laughably ridiculous. MERRY FUCKING CHRISTMAS, BILL!