Report: Michigan Coach Loses Job for Allegedly Allowing Assistant to Try to Convert Muslim Students -- ….Hancock admitted to discussing Christianity with Muslim youths, telling the paper, “I consider it my work to pastor to anyone who is within my reach.” But Hancock also insisted that he never spoke about religion on school grounds or as part of his work with the wrestling team…. -- http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,360001,00.html
Texas children roped into Islamic training -- …. "The kids did not even know they were having an assembly or what topic it pertained to until they entered the gym," the parent wrote. "I send my kids to school for academics. … I teach them religion at home."..... -
There are numerous other examples available if one would but comb the daily news. Here, (aforementioned) we have an example of a Christian pastor being fired from his assistant position because he spoke with some youth off campus about religious matters. The other news piece illustrates (on the other hand) one particular religion being highlighted at a school assembly in which parents weren’t notified – and, in which certain tenet teachings (beliefs) were presented to the captive student population.
On the one hand, special disciplinary (firing) action was taken against a Christian person (pastor) of faith, for what he was accused of saying and doing, off the public school campus. And, on the other hand, special preference was given to the Islamic religion at a public school (on campus) student gathering, (which, would not likely, allow such a Christian presentation of its religion).
“Political Correctness” in our culture allows for the direct discrimination (and singling out) of a legitimate traditional entity, preventing that entity (or person), from common sense expression of United States of America, First Amendment Rights. [The right to “free” speech]
The persecution (or prevention) of First Amendment expressions of entities or persons by the prevailing “powers that be,” often (on the other hand), allow for “multi-cultural” (minority), or, (otherwise) “free speech” expressions. And, it doesn’t matter if the minority voice be deviant or harmful to society in its expression of “free speech” or various actions. Nor does it matter to “the powers that be” that there be caused great harm to our American culture and way of life.
All that seems to matter, in the minds of political correctness advocates and evangelists, is that nobody should be “offended” or, “discriminated against.” And, it oftentimes follows that if there is a charge or accusation against someone for having offended, that the charge [accusation] of “felt” offense is given by the “political correctness police,” a greater attention than any amount of contrary proof or evidence, substantiating no (genuine, intended hateful) offense. [And then those of us who have ears to hear and eyes to see, know what happens to some, who are accused. These people become the truly offended ones and discriminated against, because someone dared to become (illegitimately) offended and took upon themselves to “feel” discriminated against]
A cultural mindset which has cast off Christ’s Golden Rule [Matthew 7:12] will even give deference and license to a person who chooses to abuse another person’s freedom, natural and lawful rights. Failure to recognize Christ’s Golden Rule standard and the Ten Commandments, end up in granting the [truly] intolerant and troublemakers, and evil people, the right to act in aberrant, abnormal and harmful fashions. Once government accepts the false premise that everyone has a right to express themselves and that there is no objective right and wrong standards, -- innocent, law-abiding and peaceful citizens pay a heavy abusive price, because, in the end result, minority and singular expressions of deviant behavior are given a green light by local, state and federal governments. In short, "political correctness" and "multiculturalism" go hand in hand creating for themselves the aberrant norm which regards every value system as equal. As a Christian (emeritus) pastor and taxpaying citizen resident I can see unfold before my very eyes, the present day stark reality of yet another Scripture:
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! ……who justify the wicked for a bribe and take away justice from the righteous man! Isaiah 5:20 and Isaiah 5:23
What is a common cultural definition of “Political Correctness?”
According to the online web resource, Wikipedia, “Political Correctness” is:
"……is a term used to describe language, ideas, policies, or behavior seen as seeking to minimize offense to racial, cultural, or other identity groups…." - wikipedia.org/
Obviously, attempting to enforce political correctness, would require the omnicience of God Almighty. In objective reality, who is to judge whether someone has a legitamate offense directed against him or her? What is the measurement to access whether a person has truly been discriminated against, or, been the unfair focus of such (hateful) “offense?” And, once “it” has been determined whether an “offense to racial, cultural, or other identity groups,” [Wikipedia’s definition] , has been committed – what is the appropriate and just action and / or judgment against the perpetrator (s)?
Ultimately, political correctness adherents and political correctness policing, requires the abolution of First Amendment (“free”) speech rights for their Utopian world to be fully realized. These crusader types have already (in part) been partially successful in altering the traditional definition of “tolerance,” and now interpret and apply that (alterred) principal as giving them equal status and rights, no matter how untraditional or aberrant their lifestyles may be:
Coming to grips with the politically utilized (willy nilly) doctrine of “Political Correctness”
The cultural definition, understanding and application of political correctness has been, for the most part, malevalently misused by the liberal media and liberal politicians who have no place in their practice of politics (or life, for that matter) for the Triune God and His Ten Commandments.
Anyone wishing to come out of his or her personalized self identification “closet,” according to the political correctness police, deserves a fair and equal hearing and thus becomes exempt from private or public criticism. Do you see why it is so necessary for politically correct liberal politicians and their liberal media politically correct police force, to be godless? If there are no “outside” or objective standards [absolutes] of thinking and behavior, there will be only those standards (in place) which are manufactured by the prevailing political juntas.
Political Correctness is a devious tool to favor abberant behavior and discriminate against common sense, sound tradition and even good law
On a local online forum I presented my thoughts in response to a forum participant who stated that Christian pastors should stay out of politics:
……Taking your line of reasoning about pastors -- that they should not be involved in politics -- then, accordingly, politicians should not involve themselves in any matters of ethics, morality or law. [And, we know that, that, is not possible, since making law has much to do with ethics and morality] This type of thinking that you mentioned is from the old liberal political play book that would marginalize people of faith (conservatives, etc.) from becoming involved with politics and being a part of our represented democracy…..
The Issue of Political Correctness boils down to the issue of “taking offense”
The sin involved with Political Correctness is oftentimes the inability of the person or persons involved, to correctly distinguish whether an “offense” has truly been directed their way. So often when people think about “offenses,” they only think in terms of an offense that is directed ("given") – an offense that is purposely perpetrated and directly aimed at them and / or their particular group or crusader cause.
Dr. Martin Luther defined the concept of “offense” as:
"An offense is something that is said or done whereby our opinion of God and men is distorted; and an offense is active when I give it, passive when I take (patior) it."
[C. Cordatus, January 26-29, 1533 – taken from “What Luther Says – A Practical In-Home Anthology for the Active Christian:” C. 1959; CPH]
Much confusion and harm can be eliminated if people and government would understand the issue of “giving and taking,” offense
When people and government structures don’t correctly understand the issue of “giving and taking offense,” the present application of our culture’s (unholy) crusade of political correctness becomes a sin of great magnitude.
As was previously stated, politically correct police end up rewarding aberrant and abnormal behaviors at the expense of common sense traditional life practice. Society and culture become a virtual [Salem type] “witch hunt” by those people who take offense at whomever or whatever they disagree – whatever, runs cross grain with their hobby horse political objectives. Culture breaks down with people and groups taking offense and which, in defense of their particular mindset beliefs and lifestyles, go on the attack with endless character assassinations and expensive and wasteful lawsuits (litigation). Failure on the part of government to recognize the Triune Creator God’s hand in human affairs and to give Him His proper due, only results in cultural confusion and societal breakdown. Those of us who have eyes to see and ears to hear, continually and increasingly experience this sad state of affairs on local, state and federal levels of US government.
“The New Tolerance: How a cultural movement threatens to destroy you:” -- http://www.amazon.com/
Creator Christ – the Person most offended – the person most sinned against by the evils of political correctness
Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:
Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins
Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures: Isaiah 5:20 ; Isaiah 5:23 – God’s condemnation of those who turn right into wrong and wrong into right.
Isaiah 53:1f – Political Correctness had no use for Christ .
New Testament Christian Scriptures:
Romans 1:18-32 – God Almighty has no use for Political Correctness – only the appropriate worship of His divinity and personhood
Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
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Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel
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