Being politically correct


To the Editor:
The term “politically correct” is coming under fire led by one of the announced Republican candidates for President. His very basis of campaigning seems to emphasize and articulate a very contrary technique. So far it appears to be effective.
Exactly what is the problem with being politically correct? As I see it, it is actually but one manifestation of Jesus’ commands to love one another and to love our enemies. The opposite of political correctness — smugly using derogatory or hurtful terminology to put people down who we don’t care about because they aren’t like us, believe differently or conduct themselves in lawful ways we don’t approve of — certainly cannot be considered a Christian ethic.
Being politically correct does not mean we agree with everyone or what they support. It just means we show respect to God’s diverse people even when we don’t fully understand them or their motives.  Jesus never said it would be easy.
Larry d’Autremont

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