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Why political correctness is a mental disease

Exhibit 9,367,453:

SpringSphere.jpgA sophomore at a local private high school thinks an effort to make Easter politically correct is ridiculous.

Jessica, 16, told KIRO Radio's Dori Monson Show that a week before spring break, the students commit to a week-long community service project. She decided to volunteer in a third grade class at a public school, which she would like to remain nameless.

"At the end of the week I had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy, but I was kind of unsure how the teacher would feel about that," Jessica said.

She was concerned how the teacher might react to the eggs after of a meeting earlier in the week where she learned about "their abstract behavior rules."

"I went to the teacher to get her approval and she wanted to ask the administration to see if it was okay," Jessica explained. "She said that I could do it as long as I called this treat 'spring spheres.' I couldn't call them Easter eggs."

Stupidity with a capital 'S'.  The image by the way is a swirly spring sphere.  Just sayin'.

H/T to Mark Shea who remarks:

What interests me about the incident is the curious paradox of who is getting upset about it and who isn't. In the comboxes after the article, you get a lot of the usual suspects turning up with their faux scholarly analyses of the "origin of Easter" (it's pagan, as they all agree with each other), and so Christians are, per the Blue State Groupthink Manual, dumb, while people who insist on Spring Spheres are, y'know, really smart (according to themselves). That's to be expected from our theologically illiterate clevers out here in the Land at the End of History.  Pseudoknowledge abounds and no Seattle Sophisticate would ever be expected to look beyond the level of Internet Gossip to discover the actual origin of Easter, nor still less to realize that "Easter" is a linguistic accident for English speakers, while much of the rest of the world calls it by a name that derives, not from "Eostre" but from Passover. The whole "Easter is pagan" thing doesn't work so well when you realize it is rooted, not in bunnies and eggs, but in the feast Jesus celebrated on the night he was betrayed.

Mark goes on to see a silver lining in the silliness... so go read his entire piece.


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Comments (31)

Really, really awful. Y'kn... (Below threshold)
James H:

Really, really awful. Y'know, I'd have a problem with it if the school sponsored an overall Easter activity of some sort, as that gets close to state endorsement of religion. But letting a volunteer give little plastic eggs out of the goodness of her own heart?

But if she puts sugary treats inside them, she should be made to babysit the kids until the sugar rush wears off.

Can't tell you how proud th... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Can't tell you how proud this makes me as a Seattleite.

/sarcasm tag off

No kidding, Peter. But I te... (Below threshold)

No kidding, Peter. But I tell everyone that I am from Shoreline, WA.

Next time glue a pic... (Below threshold)

Next time glue a pic of Che on the easter sphere. They can't say no to that.

Always cracks me up when th... (Below threshold)

Always cracks me up when the right wing party of intolerance whines and complains when they encounter political correctness.

Hearing that from the people who regularly practice Political Incorrectness it makes you wonder where their brains are...

Then you remember how small their brains are and you realize that losing something that small is probably not that difficult.

Not only is this Exhibit Z ... (Below threshold)
Caesar Augustus:

Not only is this Exhibit Z for why leftists are mentally ill, it's also Exhibit Z for why the voting age really needs to be increased to 30 or perhaps even 35.

It's frightening to think the Millennials have the ability to influence elections before they have sufficient time completely to shake off the thick mental cobwebs of left-wing academia.

She just needed to tell the... (Below threshold)

She just needed to tell them they roll those things on the White House lawn, so it's a Muslim thing.

How about we call them 'Glo... (Below threshold)

How about we call them 'Global Warming Hope and Change Capsules?

Problemo solved.

Woop, do you ever tire of s... (Below threshold)

Woop, do you ever tire of sittin' on your brains?

Didn't think so.

I say we stuff one up Whoop... (Below threshold)

I say we stuff one up Whoop's ass and make him walk like a duck.
The reason the Easter Bunny hides all those eggs is because he doesn't want anyone to know he's been fucking chickens!

"Then you remember how smal... (Below threshold)

"Then you remember how small their brains are and you realize that losing something that small is probably not that difficult."

And shortly after writing this he told his third grade classmate Mary that he thinks girls are icky.

(I know you are thinking Woop must be older than this but he was held back a year.)

lol... quack!... (Below threshold)

lol... quack!

Woop"Always cracks... (Below threshold)
retired military:


"Always cracks me up when the right wing party of intolerance "

They have been called easter eggs for how many years? Now the party of political correctness want to change what they are called and you say that the right is the party of intolerance.

Your hypocracy is absolutely stunning. Your statement rivals any other ignorance I have heard from the left on this board.

"Your hypocracy is absolute... (Below threshold)

"Your hypocracy is absolutely stunning. Your statement rivals any other ignorance I have heard from the left on this board."

It's just Woops way quadrupling down on dumb.

The school stupid but the a... (Below threshold)

The school stupid but the article is pretty poor on research.

Both Christmas and Easter have co-opted some aspects of pagan religious ceremonies.

The funny thing about Liberals is if said that Ester eggs symbolized the rebirth of spring it would be cool.
Just like if said that the Christmas tree should the hope of life in the dead of winter it would also be ok.

It not the symbolism they object to, it not even religious context they object to as they love to talk about Buddhism, and Islam it specifically anything that can be associated with Christianity and Western Christian culture they object to.

WoopI have only 3 ... (Below threshold)
retired military:


I have only 3 words to say to you.


"Always cracks me up when t... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"Always cracks me up when the right wing party of intolerance ""

Spoken by a member of the party who has done away with dodgeball and freeze tag.

I have 3 more words for Who... (Below threshold)

I have 3 more words for Whoooop.




To be honest, the whole bun... (Below threshold)

To be honest, the whole bunny and eggs thing is from the pre-Christian fertility celebrations that people practiced. They were to celebrate the return of spring and also to ask for the blessings of a bountiful year.

Perhaps we could all pray this Easter that Woop will someday say something intelligent and mature.

I totally agree. Woop's tim... (Below threshold)

I totally agree. Woop's time for Olaf is WAY overdue. It/he brings down the whole site. He is a bummer. A negative nannie. A buzz killer. ww

Also note that eggs are not... (Below threshold)
Mr Pedantic:

Also note that eggs are not spheres.

I think Woop and these idio... (Below threshold)

I think Woop and these idiot teachers could use a visit from the easter Bunny for a real education.


Why threaten whoop with som... (Below threshold)

Why threaten whoop with something he does for fun?

But wait, there's more! Tod... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

But wait, there's more! Today, the lovely State of WA banned bath salts.

All those people walking about with freshly exfoliated skin smelling so sweet and delightful, they're the real scourge of society.


A sophomore at an un-named ... (Below threshold)
Alfonso Paulista:

A sophomore at an un-named school, who refuses to give her surname, makes an unsupported claim about an incident at an un-named public school - that must be true!

Scientists, on the other hand with their gigantic, unassailable mountain of so-called 'evidence' on global warming. It's a sham, I tells ya!

Could you lot be any more credulous? Is there anything you won't unquestionably believe or disbelieve, just so long as it chimes with your political opinions? This is just the same as the annual war on Christmas bullshit. If there's any truth to this at all, I can absolutely guarantee that it's certainly not what this 'Jessica' claims.

Honestly, how does this become an international news story when there isn't a single shred of evidence to back it up? WTF has happened to journalism?

Peter F:"But wait,... (Below threshold)
Alfonso Paulista:

Peter F:

"But wait, there's more! Today, the lovely State of WA banned bath salts"

It took me less than a minute of googling to show this up as bullshit too. Spot the difference between your link and this one:


Paulista hit the nai... (Below threshold)

Paulista hit the nail -- well one of the nails -- on the head. There's one fifth or sixth level rumor that one administrator was a bit of an idiot.

Then 20,000+ Internet users hit the blogosphere with the horrors of "Political Correctness," announcing how offended they are at the one administrator who doesn't want people to be offended.

Even that leaves out the folks whose post shows they lack either honesty or logic or both, posting that it was really a school, not one administrator, or the Seattle school system, or the City of Seattle, or "the Left."

I for one won't toe this new PC line. Call me politically incorrect if you will, but I refuse to use the new word to describe the logic-deprived: Republicans.

Alfonso"Scientists... (Below threshold)
retired military:


"Scientists, on the other hand with their gigantic, unassailable mountain of so-called 'evidence' on global warming"

If it was unassailable than there would be no discussion. As it is we have the following:

If it is too warm - global warming
If it is too cold - global warming
If there are a lot of hurricanes - global warming
No hurricanes - global warming
Earthquakes - global warming
No earthquatkes - global warming.

In other words your "unassailable" evidence is weather that has been changing for millineum.



How about NY state which banned tag? school districts that wont let kids bring lunches from home?

Want to talk logic deprived?
How about "we have to pass the bill to know what is in it" or "I have visited all 57 states" or how about "we have to spend money we dont have to get out of debt"

retired military:T... (Below threshold)
Alfonso Paulista:

retired military:

The earth is warming and humans are contributing to this warming. The only debate is by how much, and what proportion of the warming is being caused by humans. Blogs by people who admit that they don't even understand the science involved do not represent scientific debate.

However, this is beside the point. The fact is that you (and plenty of other posters here) deny the fact of AGW, despite all the evidence that it's real, but you accept that 'liberals' are trying to ban Easter, or whatever it is that's being claimed here, despite there being no evidence whatsoever to support this position. Why is that?

"How about NY state which banned tag?" [citation needed]

"school districts that wont let kids bring lunches from home?" [citation needed]

"Easter" eggs and rabbits a... (Below threshold)
just john:

"Easter" eggs and rabbits are all pre-Christian pagan concepts.

Alfonso Chicago S... (Below threshold)






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