By Rabbi Aryeh Spero
One of the cruelest by-products and goals of political correctness is to deny regular Americans the right to protect themselves from terrorism, from loss of jobs, from exposure to disease, and the innate desire for safety in our communities. Barack Obama’s not-so-veiled accusations against the American people over the last eight years exemplify this cruelty.
Those of us worried about the all too frequent and continuous terrorism coming from young Muslim men were labeled Islamophobic. Those opposed to Obama’s open-border policy resulting in loss of jobs, disease, crime and assaults in our towns, as well as the bankrupting of smaller communities due to taxation burdens, were called xenophobic. Obama too easily hurled the charge of racism against police and millions of Americans. It was political bullying.
He tried making everyday citizens feel guilty for wanting the most basic protections. He put in place rules that ignored the safety wishes of Americans and made the continuation of these dangerous situations probable. All attempts at defending Americans were labeled by Obama negatively as “profiling.” He acted as a left-wing McCarthyist-in-Chief.
Worse, he and others exploited the goodwill of the American people wishing to be tolerant. When sermonizing that we Americans must be “open to others’ faiths,” which we generally are, he implied our response and concerns about the terrorism launched against our cities and citizens by young Muslim men was rooted in “a fear of the other” and proved we were “closed-minded” to other faiths. This is false. He turned our desire for safety into a vice. He turned our goodwill into abdication. Too often he co-opted the term civil rights as a means of controlling us, making us defenseless, and used it to make us accept the unacceptable.
His appeals to religious freedom were one-sided, forcing nuns and other Christians to be involved with abortion programs abhorrent to their Christian faith. He stood silently by for eight years ignoring the deliberate and well-publicized murder, rape, exile and genocide of millions of Christians at the hands of brutal Islamic groups. He was numb to their suffering.
For Obama and other politically-correct czars, tolerance and religious freedom is a one-way street, something we give to Shariah-Islam but need not be requited to us. And when we ask for a reciprocal, two-way street and tolerance for our ways, we are accused of a “phobia.” This demonstrates the intolerance of political correctness.
What we see from all this is that, essentially, political correctness has become the tool for racism against the majority, an allowable racism against conservative whites and believing Christians … because they somehow “deserve it.”
Political correctness makes all of us secondary to the political goals of the leftaucracy and Obama; for example, removing from Israel its holy places, Jerusalem, and its cities in Judea and Samaria, punishing its citizens, if that’s what’s needed to grant political Islam what it desires and demands. Political correctness treats us as second class, a mere utility in service to the needs the Left considers more important. It is liberal-sanctified bullying. For some, it’s simply permission to hate conservatives.
It will not stop with the end of the Obama era. But we have a far better chance to now fight back, especially with President Trump, whose first appeal to all of us was his rejection and bold defiance of political correctness. Those good people chased from their jobs, or whose business has been shut down because they acted according to their God-given Christian conscience, should immediately be offered a job, or legal assistance, by someone in the patriotic, or conservative, or religious community. We certainly have enough businesses in our orbit to help our faith-soldiers on the frontlines.
Most important and easiest to do is to speak, speak forthrightly and boldly … with confidence. Political correctness is based on squelching our freedom of speech. We answer this threat by speaking what we believe. If everyone will do it, they can no longer focus on the few and thereby isolate them. Political correctness is the tool of tyrants, left-wing, liberal tyrants. Rebellion against Tyrants is Service to God.
[Originally published in CNS News, January 2017]