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George Orwell's prophecy

The Telegraph reports -

Publishers and universities are outlawing dozens of seemingly innocuous words in case they cause offence.

. . .The list of banned words was written by the British Sociological Association, whose members include dozens of professors, lecturers and researchers.

The list of allegedly racist words includes immigrants, developing nations and black, while so-called 'disablist' terms include patient, the elderly and special needs.

. . .Prof Frank Furedi, a sociologist at the University of Kent, said he was shocked when he saw the extent of the list and how readily academics had accepted it.

'. . . I was moved to despair when I found out that one of my favourite words, civilised, ought not be used by a culturally sensitive author because of its alleged racist implications.'

Prof Furedi said that censorship is about the 'policing of moral behaviour' by an army of campaign groups, teachers and media organisations who are on a 'crusade' to ban certain words and promote their own politically correct alternatives.

As Orwell predicted, those who want to ban free speech are likely to be in university or government. That they do so under the guise of 'being sensitive' does not alter the fact that they are attacking our freedom to speak.

The less sensitive might say, the barbarians are inside the gates.

Comments (1)

Sandra Hurt-Norris:

This is crazy...whoops, is crazy banned?

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