Dear Young Professionals and All,
When the term "politically correct" is used, the notion of accomodating everyone is implied. Along with it is the desire to talk and behave in a manner not likely to offend anyone.
While the notion has been around the world for some time,Kenya has gone a step farther in perfecting it.
Welcome to the Kenya you want; the Kenya of freedom; where the rule is that everything except Christianity can be accomodated; the Kenya you are working overtime to build:
A family friend was at Java today and asked for her favourite pork meal. She was shocked beyond description when the waitress told her that the management had removed it from the menu because their Muslim customers had complained about why they had pork products at the restaurant. She said they did not want to offend these customers! Of course, since that time, we have been mobilizing all our friends to find alternative restaurants. That is how far it has come! I am not spending another shilling at Java, my favourite Nairobi restaurant again!
A few weeks back, it was television and North-Eastern. A few weeks before that, Al-shabab had just banned the ringing of bells between lessons in schools in Somalia; reason: The bells resembled "Church bells (sic).
A friend of mine who lives in England told me a couple of years back that doctors in the U.K. can be sued for referring to the sick that come to them as "patients." They are not "patients." they are "clients." Patient as a term is viewed as demeaning. Welcome to "Hate Speech 101."
You see, even in the moral world, it has become increasingly offensive to criticize any lifestyle on the basis of moral absolutes. We no longer have prostitutes. We have "commercial sex workers!"
We don't have men marrying men or women marrying women; we do not have homosexuals and lesbians. these are supposed to be too derogatory. We have "same sex unions" and "gay" couples ...
We do not take lethal weapons and mercilessly butcher a helpless, progressively growing human being; in fact we do not abort or murder; we are "terminating an unwanted pregnancy." We are not killing; we are just "getting rid of a product of conception." We are not sinning; we are just "exercising choice." Those other people are "pro-life" because they want the child to live. We are "pro-choice" because we believe in the right of the woman "to choose whether the baby should live or die." You see, the opposite of "life" is "choice", not death! We are civilized, you know!
When you sleep around, you are not sinning. You are having fun. You are not committing fornication; you are just having "pre-marrital sex." When you sleep with another man's wife or husband, you are not committing adultery. You will be having "an extra-marrital affair."
When there is real room for choice, like the case is with the referendum, anyone who opposes the status quo is not exercising choice. He/she is anti-reform.
Welcome to the Kenya Young Professionals want. The Kenya where everything except Christianity goes!
Hebrews 9:27 says that it is appointed for man to die once, and after that, judgment. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1 that God catches the crafty in their own craft. Psalm 139 says that before even a word is on our tongues, God knows it well and that there is no place on earth we can run to where we can succeed to hide from His presence. We can only fool one another so far!