Yesterday was “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day” as declared by Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. With many flapping thoughts and opinions, planned boycotts and acts of support following the remarks made by the company president regarding same-sex marriage, my thoughts scratch around the connection between being politically correct, hate speech, and truth. Before my thoughts peck further, I feel it necessary to research the “official definitions” of each word/phrase.
Dictionary.com defines politically correct as
demonstrating progressive ideals, esp by avoiding vocabulary that is considered offensive, discriminatory, or judgmental, esp concerning race and gender
Law & Legal Definition says hate speech is
a communication that carries no meaning other than the expression of hatred for some group, especially in circumstances in which the communication is likely to provoke violence. It is an incitement to hatred primarily against a group of persons defined in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and the like. Hate speech can be any form of expression regarded as offensive to racial, ethnic, and religious groups and other discrete minorities or to women.
And, truth as defined by Dicitionary.com as
1. the true or actual state of a matter
2. conformity with fact or reality; verity: the truth of a statement.
3. a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like: mathematical truths.
4. the state or character of being true.
5. actuality or actual existence.
In reading the first two definitions, one can interpret their meanings as relative to one’s own circumstance. Speaking truth instead of political correctness is hate speech to some. Withholding truth from someone, even if it hurts, can be offensive to one but to another an act of kindness. However, truth is not relative; it is absolute. If we must avoid language that might cause offense, the spoken word, texting, handwriting, and typing will soon become nonexistent; but truth remains. (John 14:6, John 1:14, 2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 13:8, John 1:1)