May 21, 2020
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Tag: Political Correctness

Hypersensitivity Revisited

As I noted several years ago, the United States has been suffering from an epidemic of hypersensitivity. Unfortunately, the problem seems to be growing worse. Manifestations can be found in schools, the workplace, at home, and in virtually every...

Fight for the Future of the Church and World

After reading the Gospel of Luke (2:22-40), we should close our eyes and imagine how gently, how tenderly Mary and Joseph took turns holding Baby Jesus in their arms on the way to the Temple for the prescribed rituals of the Law. Then, once more, we...

Animal Farm

Just as George Orwell used a farm of animals to allegorize the invidious Communist philosophy, I see a farm of animals in a completely different light. While I have never really liked animals very much, except maybe to eat, my life seems to have...

What’s in a Name? Not that Much

I have written before about the insanity of people who become unhinged over the naming of athletic teams at various levels of sport. Two years ago, Utah students who were about to attend a new school were asked to name the team mascot. A majority...

Zealots in Our Midst

Years ago, an agnostic accused me of being a zealot. After considering his accusation, I responded: “If being a zealot means that I am willing to publicly speak out on behalf of the teachings of Jesus Christ and my Catholic faith, I am guilty...

A Land of Noise and Confusion

An old Scottish nursery rhyme suggests that names or in a more general sense, words can never hurt anyone. It misses the point that language can be carefully crafted to control and manipulate an entire population into a state of social conformity...

Avoiding Hypersensitivity

Donald Trump ate a taco on Cinco de Mayo and some of his critics took great offense, calling his action “cultural appropriation.” That was a new term to me, and I couldn’t help wondering how it applied to my Irish/Italian American heritage. I’ve...

A War on Words

For the last 30 years we have heard or read millions of words on the wars on poverty, terrorism and women. One war that most people have not even noticed is the war on words…an insidious attempt to control the language and with it the thoughts...