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Political Correctness Gone Mad: Standing Up For Tradition

Updated on July 8, 2012

Should we fight for our roots?

With the western world becoming home to more and more foreign immigrants, and subsequently a wide variety of religions and faiths, political correctness is a term that has gone from one extreme to another. For example, the word 'Christmas' is rapidly becoming non-existant in favour of greetings such as, 'Happy Holidays!' so as to avoid insulting non-Christians. But is this political correctness gone mad, and are our Christian/western roots something which we should be fighting for, or should we continue to allow our customs and traditions to become something of the past?

While the origins of Christmas are Pagan-based, it is a festivity recognised and celebrated by Christians all over the world, but in modern society it would seem that by openly celebrating this holiday, we are somehow causing offense to those who do not follow the same beliefs. As a non-practicing Christian, I personally find it incredibly insulting when I am greeted with, "Happy Holidays!" by people. In fact, I will be downright open about it, and purposefully respond with a smile, and, "Merry Christmas!"

I don't need to worry about causing offense to those that don't celebrate, because by now I have realised that if someone doesn't celebrate something, they're usually the ones not wishing you festive greetings! I certainly don't expect the lady in the Hijab, or the man wearing the Yarmulke, to wish me Merry Christmas, just as I don't make a habit of wishing them a 'Happy Eid ul-Fitr', or 'Happy Hanukah!' I will also most definitely not be discarding the British tradition of referring to Santa as 'Father Christmas' - it's a name that has been familiar to me all of my life, and one that I shall continue to use.

Cultural Marxism

The United Kingdom has been the butt of much amusement over the past few decades with its constant pandering to non-British residents and citizens, always quick to 'do the right thing', and completely ignoring its own heritage and traditions in favour of placating the minorities. But PC has rapidly spread across the globe, infecting people with the disease of ideology, creating taboo from innocence, and empowering those such groups who ostrasize the remaining few who fight to remain traditionalists. We are not viewed as eccentric, or stubborn, or historians; we are labeled as feminist hippies, homophobics, and racists, doomed to become the minority as society endeavours to adopt the 'do-gooder' approach.

The speech Nazis are out in force more than ever nowadays, most of whom don't have the slightest inkling as to where political correctness originated - some assuming that it is a product of the non-conformists in the '60s, others argue that it is cultural Marxism, and more yet claim that it was created in Germany as a means of aiding the spread of communism in Russia. Whatever the source, the roots of fascism are gripping society to the point of choking us, with the majority of people not even aware that they are conforming to what is deemed as a 'publically accepted' manner of speech. Long gone are the days of freedom of speech, and patriotism is on a rapid decline - it is hard to feel warmth towards a country that protects the feelings and rights of non-citizens above those whose ancestors sailed over on the Mayflower, for example, or the first wave of Anglicans to what eventually became the British Isles.

'Baa, baa rainbow sheep'?!

In some parts of Britain, the age-old nursery rhyme has now been changed to, 'Baa baa rainbow sheep', so as to avoid offending non-whites.
In some parts of Britain, the age-old nursery rhyme has now been changed to, 'Baa baa rainbow sheep', so as to avoid offending non-whites. | Source

We are all aware of the obvious, offensive words that the majority of us agree on as being no longer acceptable in society - the 'n' word being the obvious one, as well as derogatory, and crude terms used to describe gay people, etc. But what about innocuous words that have been ridiculously turned into something with racial or sexist conotations? Blackboard, fireman, manhole, Paki (literally short for Pakistani, now considered in the UK to be as offensive as the 'n' word), Oriental, black sheep - the list is sadly becoming endless.
Even the Oxford Junior Dictionary has removed all references to the words, 'saint', 'bishop', 'chapel', 'nun', and 'pentecost', in favour of more modern, multicultural words, once again outlining this inexplicable need to be obsequious to non-traditionalists and 'minorities' (another word now considered to be politically incorrect, as it makes those in ethnic minorities feel, well... like a minority!)

So what hope is there for us Brits, Americans, Aussies, and so forth, when our own governments and leaders are opting to fall in with the political correctness craze that has become the 'norm'? While no one is suggesting that we all go around shouting out words and phrases that we know would be offensive to many, it really is up to us civilians to stand up for our traditions and keep them going as best we can. I personally will never wish anyone a 'happy holidays', nor will I ever refer to Christmas as, 'Winterfest', or the 'holiday season' - I was raised Church of England, I am a British citizen, and an American legal resident, and I shall therefore honour the ancestors of both my own, and my husband's families.


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      BritInTexas 5 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

      Thanks so much, sgbrown! And I know it's only July, but ... Merry Christmas! Happy Easter! And may Father Christmas bring you lots of lovely things this year! tee hee :O)

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I agree with you completely! I would never use language that is hurtful, but why are we being so crazy with this political correctness? These beliefs are what this country was founded on. I will always say Merry Christmas and will not be offended if someone wishes me a Happy Hanuka, etc. Voted up and awesome!

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      BritInTexas 5 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

      Thanks so much, Pkittock! Yep, I love me a bit of Top Gear - it will forever remain 'politically incorrect' as long as Jeremy Clarkson lives, LOL.

      I agree also about folks really not caring about the majority of words/phrases used - most of the time, the ones waving the 'socially unacceptable' flags are the bored housewives and corporations. Oooo, I think I did a bit of PC there! LMAO

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      Pkittock 5 years ago from Minnesota

      We're 1/3 here for complete agreement! Political correctness has gone wayyyyy too far. And the funny thing is, most people really don't care! I've got atheist/buddhist/etc. friends who think it's funny when someone forgets and wishes them a merry christmas! Unfortunately, it only takes a few people to complain, and off we go changing our entire lexicons to tiptoe around people. Top Gear UK is one of the last remaining television programs that hasn't bought into the concept at all- I think they enjoy being politically incorrect! Great hub, voted up and awesome and whatnot.