Whatever one may think about homosexuality and/or gay marriage, the reality pointed out in the article received for publication is exactly what I tried pointing out way back in 2005. PC activists are not egalitarian; what they demand for themselves is not what they grant others. I have many times pointed out that Political Correctness in essence is nothing more good manners, non-discrimination and the Bible's 'do unto others.' But as I have repeatedly pointed out over the years, "The most vocal people in the support of these types of laws, are in fact not the least bit interested in stamping out 'racism or discrimination'. The whole purpose of the law is to prevent you from expressing your right to freedom of expression."
The Price of Political Correctness
by R.P. BenDedek (12:25 PM 10/23/2014 Beijing Time Re-Edited Nov 1, 2014)
The article points out that the city of Coeur d'Alene in Idaho America is about to start throwing Christian pastors in jail if they don't start carrying out homosexual marriage ceremonies. A federal judge ruled that the state ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and now owners of a wedding chapel face jail for 180 days and a fine of $1,000 per day for every day that they refuse to go against their Christian faith.
The report also states that the lesbian mayor of Houston has subpoenaed sermons and speeches by pastors who vocally adhere to the Bible and who oppose the mayor's efforts to allow cross-dressing adult men to use little girls' public bathrooms.
Whatever one may think about homosexuality and/or gay marriage, the reality pointed out in the article received for publication is exactly what I tried pointing out way back in 2005. PC activists are not egalitarian; what they demand for themselves is not what they grant others. I have many times pointed out that Political Correctness in essence is nothing more than good manners, non-discrimination and the Bible's 'do unto others.' But as I have repeatedly pointed out over the years, "The most vocal people in the support of these types of laws, are in fact not the least bit interested in stamping out 'racism or discrimination'. The whole purpose of the law is to prevent you from expressing your right to freedom of expression."
In a Democracy, we are all supposed to have the right to our beliefs, opinions, culture and ideas and that inherently means that some - perhaps many or most even - will not agree with our beliefs. So be it! That is democracy. When the day comes however that we are not allowed to have our own ideas and beliefs but must adopt the politically sanctioned line, then we have crossed over from Democracy to Totalitarianism. In the example provided from America, what appears to be happening is that people are being forced to act against their conscience. Think about that! At the Nuremburg trials German soldiers were not afforded the luxury of saying, "I was just following orders!" There comes a point when people must follow their conscience come hell or high water.
Now Imagine if you will that in order to enforce compliance with Politically Correct Ideology, you could be prosecuted for going against your conscience. Imagine that in a spirit of 'non-discrimination,' your religion must accomodate the beliefs of other faiths or ideologies. Imagine if you could be prosecuted for quoting the Bible! Not so long ago in Russian and China you would spend time in a labor camp for doing that.
Imagine that you are a Minister of Religion and you refuse to marry two gay people. The law could step in and force you to marry them. Your denomination could be 'forced' to act contrary to its constitution and beliefs. What's the next step? It's this! In the name of equality and non-discrimination, you might be required to allow 'qualified' people of other religious persuasions to preach in your church. For those who don't know, Roman Catholics and Anglicans (Church of England) use real alcoholic wine in their communion services. If a Muslim were to avail himself of these imaginary 'new laws' that allow him to get up in your church and preach, then he could also have 'alcohol' banned in your church in accordance with the multicultural precept of not offending Muslims.
Let's take the issue of forcing 'politically acceptable ideas' a little further, again using Islam as the focus. Imagine that I am an accredited Muslim preacher and now I have a right to preach in your church because in our totalitarian country, we MUST ALLOW others 'not of our kind' to do what we do in our religious establishment. BUT we Muslims abhor homosexuality. So if your Catholic or other Church is a Liberal church that has no objection to homosexuals, then I as a Muslim cleric could demand that all the gays be thrown out. A totally ridiculous scenario I admit, but it is a logical destination on the path of Political Correctness when all of society MUST adopt the PC line or face punishment.
Let's now switch to the Education scene. Hallelujah and Praise the Lord we have finally gotten rid of that ridiculous religious 'creationism and intelligent design' crap from our schools. We can finally teach 'Evolution' as freely as we want. Only problem is that we have lots of Muslim kids in our school and they are taught NOT to believe in Evolution. Therefore, in line with the totalitarian practice of forcing people to act against their beliefs, schools must either introduce creationism as per the Muslim concept, or they must allow Muslim teachers to teach it alongside Evolution. They certainly should not be allowed to ban the teaching of creationism JUST BECAUSE they disagree with it.
That is where Political Correctness takes us -- away from Democracy and straight into Totalitarianism. But as indicated by the scenarios painted above, once you decree that you must disregard your own private beliefs and support (on pain of punishment) the beliefs of others, you set the scene for a whole host of social problems. See my newest article Catch 22 in PC: Defending Muslim Children in Australia (Nov 1, 2014).
This article commences by stating that "IS" is seeking a comprehensive and fundamental change at all levels of society, culturally, socially, economically and politically. The article states that it is an ideological revolution akin to the communist revolutions in Russia and China. The article goes on to say that:
The nature of the cultural changes differs according to the pattern and nature of these revolutions. The communist revolutions sought to eliminate the bourgeoisie's power from educational and cultural systems. The Islamic revolution in Iran, on the other hand, aimed at the Islamization of science and knowledge by eliminating scientific and scholarly theories that are not in line with their religious visions, expelling teachers from schools and universities who do not abide by religious disciplines.
"IS", we are informed has now introduced new education regulations, and before I cite them, I want to point out quite clearly to you, that these regulations are what Islam envisages in its 'Sharia' concepts. These things are already accepted by so many in the Islamic world. Regulations include:
..All topics related to the values of citizenship, patriotism - omitted also are chants and anthems in contradiction with the religious views of the caliphate state ..Gender segregation, banning male teachers from teaching in girls' schools ..all educational and administrative measures according to Sharia ..interrupting classes for prayer times ..Islamic garb for men and women alike, in line with the Salafist adherence to Sharia ..canceling classes in music and art, philosophy, sociology and psychology and banning the teaching of ..history and religious education on religious minorities ..IS imposed religious curricula that are already being taught in Saudi Arabia without making any major changes to them. ..physics, chemistry, mathematics, English and Arabic languages - OK Darwin’s theory - not OK ..all research works in universities have stopped - IS does not have any interest in supporting such projects.
What do you think of "IS" and its regulations? They are good yes? You support them yes? I think not! If you do not support these regulations then I would ask 'why' don't you support a top down totalitarian dictate based on the personal interpretations of a select power group, on how things should be in society? Your answer is likely to be something along the lines of "People should have the right to their own beliefs and be able to make their own choices in life."Precisely! - But that is not what Political Correctness Activists aim for!
When any one 'self-promoting' person or group of people, dictates - on the pain of physical and literal punishment - the conscience, beliefs and practices of another group of people, then we are not living in a democracy.
What has the gay lobby fought for for so long? The first thing they did was fight to remove the criminality of homosexual behavior -- the imprisonment of people who did not 'do as we do.' Now in Idaho, there is a real threat that people will be imprisoned for refusing to support gay marriage by conducting the physical wedding. Some will argue that it is not about support or otherwise but about 'duty' and in thus saying, are supporting the concept that it is your duty to do things that go against your conscience and beliefs if the powers that be dictate it so! That too is totalitarian doctrine!
What is the scariest thing in the report at Magic City is that part which relates that the lesbian mayor of Houston has subpoenaed sermons and speeches by pastors. What does this tell us? Is this not what has happened in Russia, China, Iran and other totalitarian regimes? Is this not what the Chinese endured during the Cultural Revolution? Is this what the U.S.A. has finally come to? - McCarthy era witch hunts to root out all those evil people who do not believe as we believe and who do not support our democratic Republic.
How the founders must be turning over in their graves at how easily the American people are being conned out of their democratic republic and conned into a Marxist Totalitarian State -- all in the name of Political Correctness, which by any other name is just 'cultural marxism.'
Disciplining yourself to pay attention to the actual words used and the actual meaning of the sentence is very important, especially so since so much of what purports to be news is little more than the writer’s opinion about the facts of the news. Unfortunately, people easily succumb to emotive language such as ‘Donald Trump demonstrates his stupidity again!’ Such a headline is designed to reinforce in the minds of those who don’t like Trump, that he is an idiot. Another thing of which to be careful when reading is the inclination to ‘interpret’ what we read within the context of our religious, cultural and political worldviews.
When you stand to speak you are doing more than reciting words. You are in fact engaged in communicating with an audience your opinions, ideas, feelings, passions and/or knowledge on a subject. They expect you to express yourself with feeling and passion and to actually know what you are talking about. Therefore it is essential that you KNOW what you are talking about – and – show the appropriate body language, gestures, actions and emotions associated with your topic.
The kids used to turn up repeatedly throughout the day just to look at the foreigner, touch him, feel the hair on his (the monkey’s) arms and generally just gawk. China has changed a lot over the years but there have been times when a foreigner in a small town or village would attract huge crowds. Sometimes people would be known to suddenly come upon you, look up at your face and just plain scream! I’m not joking!
Where were these PC (expletive) when I and others were writing years ago about the Syrian crisis? Did they care about the Syrian people? No they didn’t! Do these same sociopathic western political activists who would call me a racist support Muslim and other cultures similar practices such as female circumcision? – polygamy? – arranged marriages? No they don’t! They outlaw it! So don’t talk to me about how I am a racist!
I do apologize for the singing – mine – and by way of explanation, the reason that you hear me saying ‘hello’ (twice) is that a man told his son to say hello and when I decided to say ‘hello’ a lady walking passed me thought I had said it to her and so she also greeted me with ‘hello!’
Everyone is so concerned to be politically correct and so worried about being perceived racist, that they fail to see that in fact the true racists with the truly incorrect political agenda are the ones pointing the finger and doing the name calling. (In psychology it would be called reaction formation; the suppression of one impulse by the promotion of a counter impulse.)
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)
Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]