One person saying it I could disregard, but two I can no longer ignore.
People hear the term "Political correctness" and they scowl. It's apparently scorn-worthy to be sensitive to others' feelings that may contradict your own. Admittedly, in some cases, PC has been taken too far, but there is one case where I feel it was completely warranted, and that is the case that has prompted me to bring this whole mess up:
The Pledge of Allegiance.
Over in the Off Topic board is a thread dedicated to the Fourth of July. Fine. But in that thread there were references made to it being a shame that the Pledge was "struck down" in the name of PC.
First of all, the Pledge didn't always contain the verbage that is the major point of contention these days - both from the ACLU and from me. "Under God." That was added in 1954 and almost immediately came under fire. That alone should tell you how controversial it was even then. It isn't even an implication - it is most definitely an outright statement for Christianity. Now, a lot of people say "Well, what's wrong with that?" but the problem is that these people are Christians, so of course they don't see anything wrong with it. But what of the vast number of Americans who are not Christian? Why should they and their children be forced - by law - to pledge allegiance to a deity they don't believe in?
It violates the Bill of Rights. Clear and simple. Freedom of Religion.
The U.S. DOES NOT have a state-endorsed religion. Shya, right. Officially, anyway. I think the fact that our currency has "In God We Trust" on it proof otherwise. It's insidious little things like this that get my ire up. People talk about separation of Church and State, but that's a fallacy, and this whole business over the Pledge is just one minor piece of that.
Imagine if legislation got passed that required - by law - all people in the U.S. to pledge allegiance to Pan or to Buddha or to any deity other than the Christian one. What would happen then? A fucking riot, that's what. But how is this any different? Please tell me how this is ANY different. Because I don't see it.