Last Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes in Bethesda, I attended a fascinating talk given by Stella Morabito-Green. It was entitled "Living Faithfully In A Culture Of Fear", and it dealt with the threat of political correctness. Her focus was on political correctness as it exists in secular culture and the very real threat it poses to faithful Catholics who seek to integrate their faith in all facets of their lives. As I listened to her talk and related it to discussions I had been having on Facebook and elsewhere, I could see how even some faithful Catholics were embracing and even using some tenets of political correctness interlaced with groupthink.
Progressives have been quite adept at using political correctness, by seizing control of language and vocabulary to shape public thought. Largely they've been successful because 1) most folks (including most faithful Catholics) don't understand the dynamics of group-think even though 2) they latch onto group-think as a means of social survival. As she spoke, however, I could understand well what she was saying. A little over twenty years ago, I had been involved with a "charismatic" group that had more and more assumed the characteristics of a thought-reform cult. After many of us started questioning things AND the local church forced leaders to step aside, I left the group and started reading voraciously about thought-reform techniques, mostly from the Cultic Studies Journal. Most cults exhibited similar behaviors. The late Dr. Robert Lifton listed eight such characteristics. As you read them, recall how the politically-correct left has hijacked certain words and phrases: "freedom of choice", "bigot", "homophobe", etc. This is what Dr. Lifton would have called "loading the language". Here is another summary on characteristics of cults. As I go through the discussions in which I participated, I'l try to remember to point out these cult characteristics as I saw them at play. You might want to keep these pages open and refer to them as I relate the examples in following paragraphs.
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