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    (Original post by randdom)
    Why not just celebrate loads of religious holidays then? Everybody will be happy surely
    And the tax payer will be skint

    Don't forget that jedi is technically a religion if the 2001 census is to be believed....does that mean that local councils should fund free star wars screenings for fans...I mean....followers.
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    (Original post by Amb1)
    I've been wondering why the supermarkets and shops close over Christmas, if there are enough people who don't celebrate Christmas why not stay open?
    They do stay open near me...although the opening hours laws mean they can only open bank holiday hours (10-4 or 11-5).
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    (Original post by Pencil Queen)
    And the tax payer will be skint

    Don't forget that jedi is technically a religion if the 2001 census is to be believed....does that mean that local councils should fund free star wars screenings for fans...I mean....followers.
    Isn't that in the US rather than the UK. I guess the argument for celebrating christmas and easter is that this is a christian country.
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    (Original post by randdom)
    Isn't that in the US rather than the UK. I guess the argument for celebrating christmas and easter is that this is a christian country.
    Then surely christians and christian organisations can fund the celebrations/public displays?

    They're in the vast majority so it wouldn't cost much each...and it's not as if the church has ever been short of a few bob.
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    (Original post by Pencil Queen)
    Then surely christians and christian organisations can fund the celebrations/public displays?

    They're in the vast majority so it wouldn't cost much each...and it's not as if the church has ever been short of a few bob.
    I suppose but most people like a christmas display and I don't get how it can be offensive. Compared to the amount of wastage in local councils atleast people can see where this money goes. Christmas isn't just a christian thing any more it is a national holiday which many people in the UK celebrate.
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    (Original post by randdom)
    I suppose but most people like a christmas display and I don't get how it can be offensive. Compared to the amount of wastage in local councils atleast people can see where this money goes. Christmas isn't just a christian thing any more it is a national holiday which many people in the UK celebrate.
    Isnt Christmas actually orginally a pagan holiday?
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    (Original post by kingslaw)
    Isnt Christmas actually orginally a pagan holiday?
    Kind of it happens around the holiday of yule which is based on the rebirth of the god and happens a few days earlier on the winter solstice
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    (Original post by randdom)
    Kind of it happens around the holiday of yule which is based on the rebirth of the god and happens a few days earlier on the winter solstice
    God Bless those pagans
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    (Original post by kingslaw)
    Isnt Christmas actually orginally a pagan holiday?
    Well yes - that was the premise behind "winterval" (crap name though) that the decorations could celebrate all the religious holidays that happened around the winter solstice rather than being solely christian...lets all have a party rather than lets all have a birthday party for jesus.
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    A politically correct fairy tale:

    There once was a young person named Red Riding Hood who lived with her mother on the edge of a large wood. One day her mother asked her to take a basket of fresh fruit and mineral water to her grandmother's house -- not because this was womyn's work, mind you, but because the deed was generous and helped engender a feeling of community. Furthermore, her grandmother was not sick, but rather was in full physical and mental health and was fully capable of taking care of herself as a mature adult.

    So Red Riding Hood set off with her basket of food through the woods. Many people she knew believed that the forest was a foreboding and dangerous place and never set foot in it. Red Riding Hood, however, was confident...

    On her way to Grandma's house, Red Riding Hood was accosted by a Wolf, who asked her what was in her basket. She replied, "Some healthful snacks for my grandmother, who is certainly capable of taking care of herself as a mature adult."

    The Wolf said, "You know, my dear, it isn't safe for a little girl to walk through these woods alone."

    Red Riding Hood said, "I find your sexist remark offensive in the extreme, but I will ignore it because of your traditional status as an outcast from society, the stress of which has caused you to develop your own, entirely valid worldview. Now, if you'll excuse me, I must be on my way."

    Red Riding Hood walked on along the main path. But, because his status outside society had freed him from slavish adherence to linear, Western-style thought, the Wolf knew of a quicker route to Grandma's house. He burst into the house and ate Grandma, an entirely valid course of action for a carnivore such as himself. Then, unhampered by rigid, traditionalist notions of what was masculine or feminine, he put on grandma's nightclothes and crawled into bed.

    Red Riding Hood entered the cottage and said, "Grandma, I have brought you some fat-free, sodium-free snacks to salute you in your role of a wise and nurturing matriarch."

    From the bed, the Wolf said softly, "Come closer, child, so that I might see you."

    Red Riding Hood said, "Oh, I forgot you are as optically challenged as a bat. Grandma, what big eyes you have!"

    "They have seen much, and forgiven much, my dear."

    "Grandma, what a big nose you have -- only relatively, of course, and certainly attractive in its own way."

    "It has smelled much, and forgiven much, my dear."

    "Grandma, what big teeth you have!"

    The Wolf said, "I am happy with and what I am," and leaped out of bed. He grabbed Red Riding Hood in his claws, intent on devouring her. Red Riding Hood screamed, not out of alarm at the Wolf's apparent tendency toward cross-dressing, but because of his willful invasion of her personal space.

    Her screams were heard by a passing woodchopper-person (or log-fuel technician, as he preferred to be called). When he burst into the cottage, he saw the melee and tried to intervene. But as he raised his ax, Red Riding and the Wolf both stopped.

    "And what do you think you're doing?" asked Red Riding Hood.

    The woodchopper-person blinked and tried to answer, but no words came to him.

    "Bursting in here like a Neanderthal, trusting your weapon to do your thinking for you!" she said. "Sexist! Speciesist! How dare you assume that womyn and wolves can't solve their own problems without a man's help!"

    When she heard Red Riding Hood's speech, Grandma jumped out of the mouth, took the woodchopper-person's axe, and cut his head off. After this ordeal, Red Riding Hood, Grandma, and the Wolf felt a certain commonality of purpose. They decided to set up an alternative household based on mutual respect and cooperation, and they lived together in the woods happily ever after.
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    (Original post by piginapoke)
    Something I posted a while back that I thought you may be interested in reading.

    "Political correctness: Its much maligned, but I believe it is a means to an end. The end is future generations not having our preconceptions about race for example, and races being 'invisible'. At the moment, the balance has swung the other way, as we try to compensate for our inherent 'racism' and preconceived ideas about races, almost an apology; in fact I don't think our generation will ever have equality. But future generations might as they are brought up more and more in an atmosphere of equality until no-one makes distinctions between the races any more."
    Nice quote

    Where is it from?
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    (Original post by piginapoke)
    Straight from the pig's mouth. http://www.uk-learning.net/showthrea...300&post625300
    ahhh - nice

    I know I keep touting this book but Bill bryson's "Made in America" a potted history of american language - includes a very nice essay at the back on the positive aspects of PC-ness (and also one on gun crime).
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    another 1 u mite recognise:

    Once there were three little pigs who lived together in perfect harmony with each other, as all siblings should. They had great respect for all of the other animals in the kingdom, celebrating the differences in physiognomy and physiology which made each animal distinct.

    They also lived in perfect harmony with their environment. And when they decided to each construct their own homes, they vowed to only use materials that were indigenous to the area to conserve precious resources. In point-of-fact, they each built a beautiful house, each house a personification of their individual values and personalities.

    One pig decided to build a house of straw. With his two brothers, he traveled to all of the fields in the region and gathered that which the reapers had missed in order to leave the land ready for the next crop.

    When the first structure was completed, and properly inspected and approved by the woodland authorities, the second one wanted a house constructed of sticks. Our three heros gathered only that woodfall not suitable for crafts, leaving the woods they gleaned safe for travel and replanting.

    The second house completed, the three constructed the third house of dung, clay and creeper vines shaped into bricks and baked in a small smokeless kiln.

    When they were finished, the pigs were satisfied with their work and settled back to live in peace and self-determination. But their idyllic life-styles were soon shattered. One day, along came a big, bad wolf with expansionist ideas.

    He saw the pigs and grew very hungry in both a physical and ideological sense. When the pigs saw the wolf, they ran into the house of straw. The wolf ran up to the house and banged on the door, shouting, "Little pigs, little pigs, let me in !"

    The pigs shouted back, "Your terrorist tactics impinge no fear for pigs who are defending their homes and culture."

    But the wolf wasn't to be denied what he thought was his manifest destiny. So he huffed and puffed and blew down the house of straw. The frightened pigs ran to the house of sticks, with the wolf in hot pursuit.

    Where the straw house had stood, other wolves seized the land and planned a chicken farm, where they would cruelly force the birds to live in over-crowded coops and increase profits by ignoring any problems caused by manure polluting the near-by streams.

    Meanwhile, at the house of sticks, the wolf again banged on the door and shouted, "Little, pigs, little pigs, let me in !"

    The pigs shouted back, "Go to hell, you carnivorous, imperialistic oppressor !"

    At this the wolf huffed and puffed and blew down the house of sticks. The pigs ran to the house of bricks, with the wolf close at their heels.

    Where the house of sticks had stood, other wolves made plans a time-share condo resort complex for vacationing wolves, each unit would be a fiberglass replica of the original house of sticks. They planned massive water canals and dams, long known to both wreck and flood the surrounding fragile landscape.

    Meanwhile, at the house of bricks, the wolf again banged on the door and shouted, "Little pigs, little pigs, let me in !"

    This time in response, the pigs sang songs of solidarity and wrote strong letters of protest to the Editor of the Woodland Journal.

    By now the wolf was getting angry at the pigs' refusal to see the situation from the carnivore's point of view. So he huffed and puffed, and huffed and puffed, then grabbed his chest and fell over dead from a massive heart attack brought on from eating too many fatty foods.

    The three little pigs rejoiced that justice had triumphed and did a little dance around the house that had saved them. Their next step was to liberate their homeland. They gathered together a band of other animals who had been forced off their lands.

    The brigade of brave lil' pigs attacked the wolves' Total Quality Management Planning Complex with machine-guns and rocket launchers and slaughtered the cruel wolf oppressors, sending a clear signal to the rest of the hemisphere not to meddle in their internal affairs.

    Then the pigs set up a model socialist democracy with free education, universal health care and affordable housing for everyone.
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    (Original post by Fleff)
    Inspired by black boards no longer being black boards, they're chalk boards.
    A house wife is now a house spouse.
    The thread on England flags being racist.

    Are there any others? Surely there must be. Do you think it has gone too far, and could you please try to give reasons for your answers
    When political correctness reaches the point where imaginary problems has to be invented in lack of real ones, then it has gone to far.
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    (Original post by piginapoke)
    Any chance you could summise it here?
    If my father in law hadn't nicked my copy of the book yes
 
 
 
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