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Political correctness and college dogma

May 10, 2017
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

The past 40 years has witnessed a growing movement to change the political landscape. This movement is planting seeds of acceptance by ensuring that certain words or phrases are not tolerated. A oneness of language creates a oneness of thought. We see with disturbing regularity in our educational system a determination to outlaw certain phrases and words because they may, and do, show us to be individual thinkers. Where universities were once the birthplace of courageous and bold concepts, they are today being reduced to puppets of a single nature.

Today we are getting used to the realization that some people are offended by certain words, and if they are offended, then someone must pay a penalty. People are fired from their jobs solely for the reason that someone made a complaint but what is not considered is the reverse effect.

Little thought is given to the one that uttered that "word" or "phrase." Can they not also be offended that their speech is being controlled by another? We are not discussing state secrets here but what amounts to common understanding of words and phrases.

Some of the greatest brain washers are those that preach religion and in this case we are dealing with the religion of selective thought. Free speech is becoming less so.

Joseph L. Kibitlewski, PhD.

Cape Coral



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