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Political Correctness Threatens Free Speech and Dissent


At the recent Fellowship Foundation National Prayer Breakfast, Dr. Benjamin Carson gave a speech that has received tremendous national attention because it critiques President Obama’s handling of the national debt, healthcare, education, taxes, and etc. in ways unfavorable to him. What should not get lost in the responses to the speech, however, are the powerful comments he makes about America’s current insistence on political correctness. Political correctness is threatening to diminish one of most important purposes of the First Amendment: protect unpopular speech. While the First Amendment still protects unpopular speech, many people in positions of power are finding ways to create conditions where dissenting voices will face serious repercussions. While it was not the politically correct thing to do, Dr. Carson did not allow a burgeoning American penchant for political correctness to keep him from disagreeing with President Obama on substantive issues while at this event that traditionally has not been a place where dissent has been accepted and while being in close proximity to President Obama.
When one elects to defy political correctness, he or she must be ready for backlash. MORE

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