There is no political correctness.
“Political correctness” is what a given group of people assume to be true. Among Democrats, it is politically correct to assume that people who are deeply religious are untrustworthy fanatics. Among Republicans, it is politically correct to regard such persons fine upstanding citizens. Most of the discussion of political correctness pertains to the views of the the “liberal” establishment which tends to dominate most mass media, most popular culture and the education establishment.
OK RebYidd. Go to a college campus and say “America’s SAT scores are skewed downwards due to the fact that we have more poorly performing minorities than European countries.” Then come back and tell me there’s no political correctness.
Akuperman, you just proved RebYidd23’s point. If the “corectness” depends on the specific demographic, then it is no longer correct. True correctness is not subjective. It is purely factual. Political Correctness is the concept of one group claiming their view is correct, and usually censuring those who disagree (are ‘incorrect’).
This is probably the reason why there is so little cooperation between parties, and by extension of my logic, various strands of Judaism as well. Instead of each side having unique opinions, they each have a set of facts, leaving no room for deviation or argument.
Neville, that has nothing to do with political correctness and everything to do with basic human decency.
Actually the term is over 200 years old although in different contexts. In the 18th century, the term “politically correct” occurs in the case of Chisholm v. Georgia, 2 U.S. (2 Dall.) 419 (1793). Associate Justice James Wilson, of the U.S. Supreme Court comments: “The states, rather than the People, for whose sakes the States exist, are frequently the objects which attract and arrest our principal attention… Sentiments and expressions of this inaccurate kind prevail in our common, even in our convivial, language. Is a toast asked? ‘The United States’, instead of the ‘People of the United States’, is the toast given. This is not politically correct.” (Wikipedia)
In fact, each group has its political correctness. This is why in shuls that identify with certain factions not only is the prayer for the State of Israel omitted but even the misheberach for the soldiers.
RebYidd, thanks for proving my point. That’s exactly the response a pro-PC leftist such as yourself would give.
Avi, it’s also why some shuls will not only say the prayer for the state, but also foam at the mouth when they hear that anyone omits it.
People might say the mi shebeirach, but no one can omit it. It’s not a standard part of the text about which you could call not saying it an “ommission.”
No, Neville, it is a wrong thing to say in the same way it would be wrong for me to just pointlessly announce that Jewish communities have covered up abuse cases.