By Jessica Skaggs
As America becomes involved with the recent terrorist activity in Nigeria, it is important to note the discussion taking place around the incident.
Generally, there always appears to be a great divide among staunch liberals and conservatives when it comes to politics. However, just the other day, Bill Maher and Dinesh D’Souza found themselves on the same side in regards to political correctness.
Maher and D’Souza discussed how the media and society at large shy away from calling out extremists groups, especially those tied to a specific religion, for fear of being politically incorrect. President Obama’s statement about the incident, where he said, “we have not yet extinguished man’s darkest impulses.”
However, Maher went on to point out the “elephant in the room,” being that of the religious extremism element, which is so often removed from discussion.
While it is important to distinguish the difference between peaceful religious practices and extremes, it is of equal importance to define those extremes for what they are. Failure to define religious extremism for fear of offending those persons practicing peacefully is in fact more insulting.
To generalize an entire group of people and their beliefs as all being the same is not only fundamentally inaccurate, but detrimental to discussion. John Bolton, former U.N. Ambassador, made a similar argument with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren.
Political correctness is without a doubt a mechanism of stifling civil conversation on both sides of the aisle. It’s a barrier to accuracy, both in the academic setting and media culture.
The reality is, there will always be those who practice an organized religion on the fringe. Be it radical Muslim extremists, or militant Christians like the Westboro Baptist church.
The conscious effort to omit the very reasoning behind these groups actions, should be considered a threat to the truth and a denial of reality. The whole-hearted acceptance of this conscious omission should be feared by those practicing a given religion peacefully.
To make the flawed assumption that by calling out and denouncing the actions of extremists will be perceived as a threat to an entire religious belief is absurd; and could be considered the world’s most modern form of prejudice.
Prejudice, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is as; a “preconceived judgment or opinion. An adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge.”
Political correctness is merely a tip-toe step away from such a definition.
Tolerance toward those of differing beliefs, faith practices, ethnicities and cultures, along with civil, and accurate discussion of modern issues, is the best way for society to move forward and collectively denounce and fight against the unjust actions of those on the fringe.
Without, we’re just left with weak definitions, and the paralyzing fear of offending.
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