Helen, perhaps you ought to reread my post. I do not like political correctness but I cannot see why you feel that you can accuse me of being “upset that it isn’t still the 1970’s and you can’t openly insult women and ethnic minorities anymore with impunity”, Where in my post have I given that impression? Where have I made "hate speech?"
Political correctness in my view is not about not offending people. It is about being forced to modify tradition to avoid what some official thinks may offend others. My angst at this trend is not aimed at anyone other than the idiots who think they know the minds of others & force change where it is not necessary thus creating ill feeling where none existed before.
A prime example of this was the “rebranding” of Christmas by do-gooders on committees. This from the Independent in 2014 -
!Only a third of schools go for the full traditional Nativity, according to the survey. Some prefer “winter celebrations”, or replace carols with pop songs.
Who are they frightened of offending? Most atheists I know seem perfectly willing to tolerate what they see as a fairy story, as long as their child gets to play Mary or Joseph (or the Angel Gabriel – that’s the real glamour part).
The Muslim Council of Great Britain has made it clear where it thinks the followers of Islam stand, by adapting a famous, fashionable wartime poster to say: “Keep Calm, It’s Christmas”. This was released with the words: “Who wants to ban Christmas? Not Muslims. None of us will be offended if you go ahead and enjoy the Christmas cheer.”
I do agree with treating people with respect. Do you?