Political Correctness Soldiers On

Each year, U.S. News & World Report social affairs columnist John Leo compiles the most outrageous examples of political correctness he has come across in the past 12 months.

This year, Mr. Leo writes in USN & WR’s December 5 issue, saw the beginning of the “olfactory rights movement.” In Santa Cruz, Calif., the city council declared the city a “fragrance-free zone, banning the wearing of perfumes colognes and scented deodorants, lest the wearer “make others smell things they might not want to smell.” San Francisco Oakland and the University of Minnesota have similar ordinances. Mr. Leo predicts; “Coming soon: small crowds of employees standing around outside office buildings enjoying a sniff of Old Spice or Obsession.”

Joel Ford of Mississippi filed a lawsuit against the Bible, claiming, “The book is hearsay that oppresses blacks and gays.”

The real-estate sections of several major newspapers ceased using terms such as “ocean view and walking distance (they offend the blind and the wheelchair bound), master bedroom (sexist and hegemonic) and executive (racist; most execs are white).”

At Virginia’s George Mason University it is considered harassment to flinch if a homosexual touches you. Even “thinking that a homosexual might come on to you” is an offence, as is “keeping physical distance from a known gay or lesbian or staring at two homosexuals holding hands.”

A cellist quit the symphony in Eureka Calif., rather then play Peter and the Wolf, because the work “encourages children to fear an endangered species.”

“Sensitivity police cracked down on Alex Longo, a New Jersey first grader who showed up at school with birthday invitations for nine boys in his class. Since no girls were on the list, his teacher said it violated school policies of gender­ equity and inclusion.”

Reprinted from BC Reports, a weekly news magazine in Vancouver British Colombia. For more info on the magazine, call SUA

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