It started off as a good idea didn't it? Sort of like when your 10 and you ask your parents why doesn't everyone in the world just share their money and everything, then they'd be no really rich people, and no really poor people. Then she tells you about communism and you think "Hmm, perhaps not then". Or was that just my family???
I mean, the whole thing has just gotten out of control. I'm all for equal rights and not using defamatory words, I hate bigotry, but c'mon!! Now we have "Baa Baa Rainbow Sheep"... sorry, I've never seen one of those (well except for the time I ate those mushrooms in that sheep paddock...)
Seems the government and corporate Australia are now so worried about offending any one person, that they'll offend a whole raft of us when they refuse to use the word Christmas and veto a picture of poor old Santa in a public school newsletter wishing the students a "Happy Holiday". Sure, 99.9% of the kids at the school celebrate Christmas, but hey! we don't want to upset a Jehovah's Witness or Buddhist or Jewish child. You know something? I think if the parents were that worried about their kid finding out about this whole Christmas dealy, they may not choose to send them to a public school in a Christian nation. Or to a shopping centre between October and February.
Or when a bank is so scared of being labelled racist, they allow a Muslim woman to enter in full coverings, face and all, but security insist a Caucasian man has to remove his motorbike helmet. This was done for a cable TV show I've forgotten the name of, but remember watching the spokesman for the bank squirm uncomfortably when questioned by the host of the show.
And does it seem to you (as it does to me) that a lot of the people doing the complaining, aren't actually members of the group they are telling us will be offended? And that the group who are involved, actually couldn't give a toss?
Maybe they are as pissed off as I am, sick of pandering "do-gooders" treating them like they are feeble, fragile and unable to justify their own religion and lifestyle.
I also happen to think that our fear of being labelled intolerant, is actually letting real intolerance, religous zealotry and hatred, gain a foothold.
As I'm writing this, I'm wondering if I will offend anyone? I'm also thinking, "Ahh, they can take it, and if they can't, I'm not really interested in them liking me. I'm not a fan of pussies." Well, now I've gone and gotten all the Feline-Australians all catty.. oh, wait...