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    Wishing Merry Xmas to my Left-Wing Political Opponents on Chess Chat!

    To All My Politically Correct Friends:

    Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the summer holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2019 but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make Australia great. Not to imply that Australia is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only Australia in the Eastern Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

    To My Non-Politically Correct Friends: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019.
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    Opps, what a blunder - I forgot to include my deep gratitude to some traditional owners of the land!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Opps, what a blunder - I forgot to include my deep gratitude to some traditional owners of the land!
    Your real blunder was posting this hackneyed old "joke" (it is at least 15 years old) on Boxing Day. I am reminded of the convention in some quarters that if one plays an April Fools Day joke after midday, one becomes the fool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    Your real blunder was posting this hackneyed old "joke" (it is at least 15 years old) on Boxing Day. I am reminded of the convention in some quarters that if one plays an April Fools Day joke after midday, one becomes the fool.
    The reason I find it funny cause it does reflect the way ''politically correct'' society operates
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    The reason I find it funny cause it does reflect the way ''politically correct'' society operates
    What's really funny - although also sad - is that you actually believe that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Byrom View Post
    What's really funny - although also sad - is that you actually believe that.
    I do. Political correctness is becoming ridiculous.
    Look at some forms we have to fill in the section gender as well as ''Male'' ''Female'' there Is an option provided called ''Other'' ...what ''Other'' is possible''?

    Or how about Microsfot Indigenous Program...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Look at some forms we have to fill in the section gender as well as ''Male'' ''Female'' there Is an option provided called ''Other'' ...what ''Other'' is possible''?
    Why don't you do some research before asking these questions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    I do. Political correctness is becoming ridiculous.
    I've never met anyone who uses that sort of silly 'politically correct' jargon. And definitely nobody on Chess Chat - which makes the 'joke' pointless.

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    Not too far from the mark. And since the date doesn't matter anyway, no biggie about being posted on Boxing Day in Australia which would have probably been Christmas day here in Atlanta.
    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    Not too far from the mark.
    For example!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    I do. Political correctness is becoming ridiculous.
    Look at some forms we have to fill in the section gender as well as ''Male'' ''Female'' there Is an option provided called ''Other'' ...what ''Other'' is possible''?
    I find this sort of reaction - which is common - rather telling. The term "political correctness" is supposed to be a dismissal of a certain way of responding to issues that highlights inclusiveness. But instead of just accepting the facts and then rejecting that response, the "politically incorrect" movement is trying to invent its own facts by treating gender as always rigidly binary - when as a matter of fact it just isn't.

    That reaction is even more ridiculous than political correctness. It is better to accept the facts as they are and then consider what is the appropriate way to respond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    ... It is better to accept the facts as they are and then consider what is the appropriate way to respond.
    Which is also how they should have approached AGW. But I've noticed that many right-wingers have an impressive ability to ignore reality

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    Political correctness is using fake offence as an excuse for Gedankenpolizei regulation of speech. One of the best treatments is mockery, as per MB's post.
    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    Political correctness is using fake offence as an excuse for Gedankenpolizei regulation of speech. One of the best treatments is mockery, as per MB's post.
    I think you've already lost that debate on another thread. But I'm still waiting for those examples ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Byrom View Post
    I think you've already lost that debate on another thread.
    In your dreams.

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Byrom View Post
    But I'm still waiting for those examples ...
    Just take Christmas, the ostensible topic of this thread. We have the interesting spectacle of atheopaths like Dawkins claiming that HE was not one of those trying to ban "Merry Christmas":

    He told the BBC's Have Your Say that he did not want to "purge" the UK of its Christian heritage. … "I'm not one of those who wants to stop Christian traditions.

    "This is historically a Christian country. I'm a cultural Christian in the same way many of my friends call themselves cultural Jews or cultural Muslims.

    "So, yes, I like singing carols along with everybody else. I'm not one of those who wants to purge our society of our Christian history.

    "If there's any threat these sorts of things, I think you will find it comes from rival religions and not from atheists."

    But then representatives of other religions deny that they wanted to ban "Merry Christmas" and blamed militant atheopaths:

    Experts on religious education said headteachers were failing in their duty as educators if they ignored one of the most central stories in our culture. Terence Copley, Professor of Educational Studies at Oxford University, said the idea that the nativity could offend other faiths was "crazy".

    "I have never met a single Jew, Muslim, Sikh or Buddhist who has objected to the commemoration and celebration of the birth of Jesus," he said. "In Islam, he is a prophet and his birth is described in the Koran. It is not other religions that are pushing for this at all.

    "If we avoid Christmas we are pandering to a secular minority and allowing the event to become all about commercialism, presents and self-indulgence.

    Dennis Prager is a non-Christian American Jewish conservative who has no problem wishing people "Merry Christmas", and neither does Israeli PM Benjamin Natanyahu:

    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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