UN Panel on Political Correctness Startles Young Social Justice Warriors

By Rebecca Oas, Ph.D. | March 18, 2016

NEW YORK, March 18 (C-Fam) Last night, during the UN Commission on the Status of Women, social critics Michael Walsh and Stella Morabito challenged a room full of gender ideologists to consider the totalitarian dangers of political correctness, a challenge that was met with stiff resistance including from a bearded young man with dangling earrings who called himself “gender non-binary.”

Morabito warned that the rise of political correctness and the increasing enforcement of gender ideology by law and social pressure threatens freedom and leads to totalitarianism.  “One of the dominant features of political correctness is that it isolates people from one another,” she said, arguing that the suppression of speech and the censorship of free expression threatens the personal relationships that are the foundation of human happiness.

“Gender ideology, even though it’s based on freedom and authenticity, comes with a very rigid set of rules for public discourse,” said Morabito, which leads to laws that “enforce silence about what it means to be human.”

“We’re dealing with a form of individualism that’s so extreme that it’s just not sustainable.”

Music critic Michael Walsh, author of the recent book, “The Devil’s Pleasure Palace,” explained how art, as well as conversation, falls victim to political correctness.

“There is no more humor when you cannot make fun of anybody, and Hollywood comedies suffer from that greatly.”  He cited the recent and highly-publicized example of Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner coming out as transgender and recalled how a man dressed in a ball gown was played for laughs in Mel Brooks’ film “The Producers.”  “Is that Bruce Jenner or is that Mel Brooks comedy?  Well, today, could Mel Brooks make that movie?”

While both panelists agreed that public discourse is not best served by intentionally offending others, as Morabito said, “free speech is about protecting offensive speech, when you get right down to it.”

Walsh drew on his experiences visiting the Soviet Union before its collapse.  “The difficulty that every fascistic, totalitarian system has is the gap between reality and what they’re telling you becomes so great that it eventually collapses on itself.”

Despite taking place during the last evening time slot of the day, the venue was packed, and the discussion that followed the panelists’ presentations was passionate, and had to be cut short due to time constraints.

One student called Walsh “racist, homophobic, and transphobic.” The young man with the dangling earrings insisted on society’s right to enforce new views of reality including new ideas on gender. At times the debate grew heated.

One student named Lopez accused the panelists as having white privilege and that she as a Latina was at a disadvantage in society. Morabito told her that her grandmother had watched her grandfather crucified during the Armenian genocide. Walsh told how his grandmother came to the US as an immigrant not speaking a word of English.

Ultimately the two authors’ words were a warning: between the increasingly individualistic notion of human rights and the growing pressure to redefine humanity in terms of gender ideology, freedom of expression and the ability of people to connect with one another are at risk.

In particular, Morabito warned of how political correctness threatens the institutions that serve as a “buffer” between individuals and the state, including families and churches: “With political correctness, we lose civil society.”