March 09, 2017
It's a good thing America isn't fighting a war on political correctness, because our military would be losing. After eight years of President Obama, some habits are tough to break -- including over-the-top "sensitivity" training. At the Lackland Air Force Base, the lingering effects of the last commander-in-chief are still being felt in overreaching policies and memos like the one Fox News's Todd Starnes exposed today. According to an anonymous source, base leaders sent an email to airmen outlining words phrases that might be considered "offensive." Guess what topped the list? "Boy" and "Girl." "Please be cognizant," the email read, "that such conduct is 100 percent zero tolerance in or outside of the work climate. Let's capitalize on our richly diverse climate, and help others seek assistance if they are struggling with compliance."
Now, obviously, there were legitimate examples included on the list, but when did a simple acknowledgement of a biological reality -- someone's gender -- become offensive? Have we come so far that simply uttering a person's sex is cause for chastisement? And "boys" and "girls" aren't the only victims. Airmen are also warned against the use of "colonial," "blacklist," "blackmail," "blackball," "sounds Greek to me," "too many chiefs, not enough Indians," and "blondes have more fun." Of course, when Todd reached out to the base, a spokesman tried to backpedal, insisting that these were just suggestions, and that the Air Force "has no list of prohibited terms." Apparently, "100 percent zero tolerance" means something else in the military, Todd joked.
Unfortunately, this is just another example of the kind of mess left behind by the Obama administration. And while no one can undo eight years of anti-faith, anti-American P.C. overnight, the Trump team has its work cut out for it in a military decimated by "suggestions" like this one. As FRC's Lt. General Jerry Boykin has said, it's no wonder the troop morale is in the gender-free toilet. "They spent all their training time in classrooms listening to lectures on diversity, tolerance, and inclusion instead of the Military Code of Conduct. Talk to any service member today and you will find that a majority of them will express great frustration with the amount of time that they spend in these lectures at the expense of preparing for war." "We must," he went on, "restore the warrior culture and ethos because the enemies of this nation will have no mercy and will not care about how well versed we are on tolerance, inclusion, diversity, or sensitivity. All they will be concerned with is whether we are capable of and willing to kill or capture them on the battlefield."
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.