The Duct Taping Liberty Project: An Illinois Newspaper Invites Readers to Discuss a Story about Banning the Word “retard” but Bans the Use of the Word “retard” in the Comments Section

This is political correctness run AMOK.  Discussion of the use and abuse of a word is stifled by a website that will not allow the use of the word in the discussion.  One must use r****d or “the R-word” to euphemistically describe what it is that we are discussing.  First it was the “F-bomb” and the “N-word”, now the “R-word”.  Eventually each special interest group will have the “A through Z words” as each objectionable word is shoved upstairs into society’s attic the way actual idiot children used to be (Oops!  Sorry for my use of the I-word!)

This article can be found at the link: http://www.southtownstar.com/news/2072947,022810rwordrally.article.  You can test this out until they decide to close off comments.

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2 responses to “The Duct Taping Liberty Project: An Illinois Newspaper Invites Readers to Discuss a Story about Banning the Word “retard” but Bans the Use of the Word “retard” in the Comments Section

  1. As the mom of a child with special needs this really cracked me up which is a first for me, especially when it comes to the word retard. it’s not really about being political correct. It’s about having a little dignity to a group of people who are asking you not to use the word. What is ironic here is that the people who are pro-life don’t give a damn what happens to that particular life after it is born, especially if it has a disability. You can’t have it both ways you know.

    • PresidentSuit

      I’m glad you accepted this in the spirit I wrote it! When we prohibit certain words in public discourse, we give the words far more power than they deserve. In our efforts to protect children from all harm, we run the risk of raising them like veals, unable to fend for themselves outside their protective box.

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