I believe it is safe to say I have seen it all. But before I begin, I want to say that there is something to be said for speaking to others in a way that they would like to hear (Ephesians 4:29) and not speaking things that are obviously offensive or malicious. Unfortunately, what started as a reasonable effort to speak proper toward one another has turned into a campaign to revise history or strip the truth from our communication. Even mentioning the phrase “political correctness” has hit a new low for absurdity. Please read the following article:
‘Master/slave’ Most Politically Incorrect Phrase
Fri Dec 3, 9:13 AM ET
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The computer term “master/slave,” which was banned as racially offensive by a Los Angeles County purchasing department, was named the most politically incorrect term of the year on Thursday. Among other terms on the top 10 list of politically charged words and phrases, issued by the word usage group Global Language Monitor, were “non-same sex marriage” to describe heterosexual unions, “waitron” for waiter or waitress and “higher being” for God, a term some people found too religious.
“We found ‘master/slave’ to be the most egregious example of political correctness in 2004,” said Paul JJ Payack, president of The Global Language Monitor. “This is but one more example of the insertion of politics into every facet of modern life, down to the level of the control processes of computer technology.”
In computer terminology, “master/slave” refers to primary and secondary hard disk drives. But a Los Angeles county purchasing department told vendors in late 2003 that the term was offensive and violated the region’s cultural diversity. The county’s department of affirmative action undertook a hunt to replace it on packages.
After a public uproar, the county backed down. Payack said that while the incident took place in late 2003, debate about it grew enormously in 2004. The phrase “non-same sex marriage,” was used by a former congressman who did not want to offend gay people by using the term traditional marriage, Payack said. Also on the list this year were “Red Sox lover,” to use in place of “Yankee hater,” “progressive” for classical liberal, “incurious” rather than more impolite invectives for President Bush, “insurgents” instead of terrorists in Iraq, “baristas” for waiters, and “first year student” rather than freshman.
How is the term “master/slave” in reference to a computer racially offensive language? Since when did my PC start having feelings about where it stood in the chain of peripherals? How do I apologize to my laptop for being so insensitive? Attempting to change the vendors terminology of commonly used computing terms truly shows to what extreme political correctness has swung. I am thankful to read in this article the public uproar generated from such a ludicrous notion to essentially remove the words “master” and “slave” from our vernacular. As much as we want to remove slavery from our history and servitude from our culture, all attempts will fail for slavery is in Americas history. But do the faults of the past demand we never use the word “slave” again?
But even more troubling is the need for a politically correct term for God. According to the article, some people found the name “God” too religious. I am not really sure what to make of the new term “higher being.” Is not the “higher being” God Himself? Who else can we be referring to? “I am the LORD, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me” (Isaiah 45:5). Just because one refuses to call Him Lord does not deny the existence of God. The “higher being” is God and there is no other to look toward as a higher power. Rather than be concerned about what we call a computer, let us spend our time looking how we can be pleasing to God and receive His marvelous grace.