Will You Have the Courage to Speak Up?Political correctness is officially a disease in this Country that has reached epidemic proportions.
When the time comes (and it will) where you are given a chance to voice your opinion on an important subject, will you? If you’re the typical American these days, most likely the answer to that question is NO.
People in America today are losing the courage to speak out on things they believe in, and it’s a big problem. Here are few major examples that are easy to identify in our society today:
1. White people are afraid of offending black people
2. Black people are afraid of offending other black people
3. Straight people are afraid of offending gay people
4. Pastors and Preachers are afraid of the IRS (wanting to maintain their tax exempt status)
5. Politicians in all parties are afraid of offending Hispanic people
6. Politicians are also afraid of offending and losing their donors
7. The White House is for some reason afraid of offending Islam
8. Professionals are afraid of losing their jobs
And the list goes on and on.
But you can be different. You can stand out from the crowd.
And to help you get there, I’ve compiled some notes here that I think will help. To start, let’s first understand a few very important principles that seemed to have somehow been lost over the years.
1. The right to NOT be offended is not actually a Human right.
2. The whole point of Freedom of Speech is that it can be at times, very uncomfortable for those willing to participate.
3. Another major purpose of Freedom of Speech is to discuss those topics that are the most difficult to discuss.
3. We’re not supposed to agree on everything. In fact, it’s healthy in a free society to have differences.
4. Political Correctness is really just a pseudo-phrase for “I’m not going to tell you how I really feel.” In other words, it’s not telling the truth.
5. It’s okay to change your opinion over time. That’s not “flip-flopping.” It’s actually you working out a problem in your mind over time by educating yourself and participating in conversations and debates with others.
You’ve got to start speaking up now!
I love this quote from Bonhoeffer:
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer
We have a serious political correctness issue in this Country. We live in a time where it’s somehow looked down upon to have an opinion that might “offend” another person. In order for this to change, you have to be willing to offend others with what you believe in.
I challenge you to take just a couple moments and ask yourself these critical thinking questions:
1. When was the last time you had an honest, healthy debate with someone?
2. What’s the one thing you believe in that most people you know around you would disagree with?
3. Are you afraid of being labeled a bigot? A racist? Why?
4. What’s the worst that could happen by you speaking your honest opinion?
5. What happens to our Country in the long run if you don’t?
6. Are you willing to be offended?
7. Are you willing to deal with your faith being mocked, ridiculed and challenged?
And then these two last questions that are very specific, but give you a very good insight into how much you truly value the Freedom of Speech:
1. Would you allow Mein Kampf to be read and studied in our High Schools?
2. Are you willing to allow others to burn the American Flag in our streets and chant “Death to America?”
This world of political correctness is creating a serious communication problem in our communities. That problem is that we don’t actually know where each other stands on important and sometimes critical issues.
So I extend a personal challenge to you. The same challenge that I am extending to myself. Participate in the debate. Participate in the marketplace of ideas. Speak your mind freely. Be afraid to make mistakes from time to time. And know that as you are doing so, you are helping to maintain all the rights of the 1st Amendment for you and for future generations.
Here are some tips:
- Start sharing your thoughts and opinions with your friends and family on Facebook. Don’t just share somebody else’s article. Post your own thoughts and opinions. Tell people what you believe in!
- If you overhear a political or cultural conversation among friends or coworkers, jump in and join the conversation.
- Write an Op-Ed here on MyOp-Ed.com
- Call in and voice your opinions to your Senator and/or Congressman
- Sign a petition for a cause you believe in
- Boycott a company or organization that you feel has violated one of your principles
- Send an email to family members or friends
- Buy and wear a t-shirt for a cause that you believe in
These are just a few ideas. All of which you can start doing today. Even the smallest steps will help you develop your courage over time so don’t think you have to do something drastic to start.
Believe in yourself. Don’t be afraid to say what you believe. No matter how controversial it may be.