Family Research Council

U.S. Hockey Team Feels 'Net' Effect of P.C.


By Tony Perkins
January 31, 2014

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If you want to play Olympic hockey, you'd better put your patriotism on ice. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Jessie Vetter's mask may protect her from hockey pucks -- but it won't protect her from political correctness. Team USA's goalie was thrilled to see her equipment for the Sochi Games -- until she realized she couldn't wear it. Under a ruling from the International Olympic Committee, Jessie had to redo her mask without the words "We the People" on the back. Ron Slater, the artist behind the design, said it must have "ruffle[d] the wrong feathers." In the past, the IOC's been touchy about anyone elevating one country over another. But isn't that the point of the Olympics -- to promote your country and show your pride? And while the Committee's picky about using wording on equipment, they didn't seem to mind that the Czech uniform includes the words of their entire national anthem across the front. Either way, it's a silly rule that's only masking the real diversity the Games represent.

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