Political Correctness and “Uncleanness”
There seems to be an evolving set of “rituals” which are being attached to the social movement of Political Correctness. And Political Correctness has in a sense morphed into a kind of political body, a social movement , an entity which has a definite power structure being systematized into a dogma through our academic universities and diffused publicly through social media. The power of social media gives its adherents times, locations, and hence the ability to bully, destroy, or even injure through violence those seen to have “transgressed” its tenets.
But it has become something else as well. Looking at the Public Square, has that place literally, become the “ecclesia” for this movement, a gathering place for the proclamation of its message? It does also look as if Political Correctness is evolving into a new religion, many things associated with a religious body can be correlated with that idea! That is something to keep an eye on!
While there is a place for valid protest and free speech and opposition rightly performed, the PC movement seems to have gone way beyond those basic democratic freedoms and have instead morphed into something which wants to totally supplant our present political system and replace it with their “utopianist” version of reality! Except they won’t exercise much patience for those who disagree with them!
I was struck by this article and the association of McDonald’s with Trump. Now one can argue about minimum wage issues and take on McDonald’s as a specific project, but their associating McDonald’s with Trump seems to be a kind of strategy involving “guilt by association”! Of course, we know that association will add an emotive force behind their condemnation of McDonald’s by the invoking of Trump’s name, but there is a larger strategy working here as well which will probably become more obvious as time goes on. And it is probably no coincidence that the march on McDonald’s in Chicago was starting from Trump Tower!
It should still be fresh in our minds the fallout that can occur when associations are made for political reasons and I am referring to the “Chick-fil-A”/anti-homosexual comments made by the owner! PC could in no way tolerate that affront to their “values” and so protests and boycotts were pushed, some even involving cities with mayors who supported gay rights, forbidding new Chick-fil-A franchises to come to their areas! Chick-fil-A was also banned from some college campuses which shows how powerful PC has become, especially when it has some control in certain institutions! The food itself had nothing to do with the legitimate beliefs of the owner—but the association was made!
And herein is the new evolution of PC that may be forming—a strategy of “uncleanness”. Many religions have “uncleanness” definitions. Some “uncleanness” actions involve inward, involving heart and mind, and outward which have at least two types, moral and ritual. Moral would be things such as lying, stealing etc. Ritual would be things such as touching a dead body, bread eaten with unwashen hands etc. Rabbinic teaching is an example where these things were amplified greatly, especially evident in the NT. The ritual aspects are those of concern here as they would involve what we call “guilt by association” type activities.
An example involves the touching of an dead body. In Leviticus of the Bible, if anyone touched a dead body, they would be ritually unclean for 7 days and had to go various procedures to become “clean”. They in turn could transmit their uncleanness to a second person in the meantime and then the process of becoming “clean” would begin for that second one even though a dead body wasn’t touched again! If that second person touched someone……. So these transmissions would be transmitted through what’s called secondary transmissions and then through tertiary transmissions, etc.
I can see the objects of protest evolving until there are a whole string of “connected targets” in the sights of PC. Can one only imagine the chaos if we had to put up in a public way the association of McDonald’s patrons being considered automatically Trump supporters? One day there may be protesters harassing people coming out of McDonald’s for indirectly supporting Trump by eating there! Those kinds of associations are not too far-fetched given the vitriol of paired associations to begin with.
One can ask where does the anger end? Does it keep finding new targets? Associations between things whether secondary or tertiary would provide a wealth of new “protest” elements! What about groups who use Trump’s hotels and other businesses? If a business had a convention in one of Trump’s hotels, does that mean the business should be boycotted?
The PC movement won’t quit—especially if it is developing a “religious” tone. Society needs to resist them and not stop doing things just because they may not approve! And while those on the PC side can waste their time doing whatever they want—1st Amendment and all—the rest of society need to stop cowering just because the PCers associate things in an “unclean” way.