The religion of Islam is seriously--perhaps irreversibly-- psychologically ill. It is not hate which makes me say this. It is a statement made based on the facts of the literally thousands of people all over the world acting in its name.
For example, here, here, here, here, here, here -- to link to just a bare minimum of evidence from ONLY the last two days. Yet, many people will maintain that I am "hate-filled" and "racist" if I dare to suggest that there is something hostile and poisonous to human physical and mental health contained in the "holy" words of Muhammed.
Yet, a law has now been passed in Britain, that makes it a "hate-crime" to say bad things about Islam. Even, apparently, if they are true.
Meanwhile, the BBC journalists edit out the word "terrorist" when applied to the mass murderers who set off bombs in London--because they want to be fair and not imflame any prejudices; but other journalists feel free to use it to describe Bush and Blair. Nice, huh?
Yesterday, Dymphna had a great post up about being in the elevator with Nancy Pelosi and coined the term "Ideaphobia" to describe the deliberate and forced supression of rational thought processes in the name of political correctness. I completely concur with her assessment and would like to offer a name for this diagnosis:
Criteria for the diagnosis of PCphrenia are:
A. Characteristic Symptoms (2 or more of the following must be present, including #5)):
(1) Inability to call a spade a spade without fear of reprisals
(2) Exquisite sensitivity to hurting someone's (anyone's) feelings
(3) Gross sense of intellectual and moral superiority
(4) Emotional lability/hostility when confronted with truth
(5) Fear of thinking (ideaphobia)
B. For a significant time since the onset of the disturbance, the individual is unable to think rationally when he/she does think; leading to the development of one or both of the following:
(1) psychological denial or distortion of reality
(2) psychological projection of his/her own feelings onto others
(3) complete and total cluelessness about their own motivations and the consequences of their actions
Unfortunately, there's an awful lot of truth to the above criteria--although when I started I meant them to be funny.
For more sober analysis of the PC phenomenon, ShrinkWrapped has a series of posts on PC up: PC Kills, and Political Correctness and the Denial of Reality, Parts I, II, and III.