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How this Biblical quotation applies to political correctness

“When an unclean spirit comes out of a man it wanders over the deserts seeking a resting place, and finds none. Then it says, ‘I will go back to the home I left.’ So it returns and finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and tidy. Off it goes and collects seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they all come in and settle down; and in the end the man’s plight is worse than before. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.” (Matthew 12: 43-45)

This saying of Jesus is a good way to describe how American society in the present generation has been infected with political correctness. The first, “unclean spirit”, was the spirit of racial segregation in the South. This was a system of racial supremacy created in the bitterness of the southern defeat in the U.S. civil war and the ensuing Reconstructionist era. Denying the dignity of black people, its kind of society maintained a system of legal segregation in which the white race held the advantage.The Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s swept this house clean. White racial supremacy was discredited and defeated.

But then the “empty house” of American political culture was filled with the spirit of political correctness, manifested not just with respect to race but to gender, ethnicity, sexual preference, and other birth-determined characteristics, with the result that American society and culture became sharply fragmented, turning against itself. A new kind of prejudice developed. A new spirit of hatred and intolerance, directed against the supposed hatred and intolerance of a society dominated by white males, came to settle upon the land. It was a spirit, worse than the previous one, which insisted that the rights of free thought and free speech be denied all who disagreed with its ideological prescriptions.

Why was this spirit worse? To my way of thinking, evil masquerading as good is worse than evil admitting to be that way. The racial intolerance exhibited by segregationist society in the south was the demon of white supremacy of ignorant rural and small-town peoples. It’s natural, though damaging, to think of one’s own group as being superior. But that is past. The new demon of political correctness, in contrast, is an intolerance of educated persons who view themselves as being socially and morally superior to others. Such intolerance is worse as it affects not only those individuals who freely choose it for themselves but others forced to accept its point of view.

This is a culture of forced belief born not so much of “white guilt”, as it is commonly alleged, but of white fear of blacks rioting in the streets, of cultural elites shouting in unison to silence all who disagree with their views, and of the power structure punishing offenders against the prescribed norms. It is a disease of the spirit, getting inside people’s minds and hearts and, by its unwanted intrusion, undermining their sense of personal self-identity.

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