“HUNTING TERRORIST” vs Political Correctness at Bucknell
Don't Say These Words at Bucknell
By Evan Coyne Maloney28 September 2005 @ 11:40AM
Two words. At Bucknell University, that's all it takes to get dragged into the President's Office for a half-hour discussion of word choice. And these aren't offensive words, at least not out here in the real world. But Bucknell apparently has a different definition of what is and is not acceptable.
On August 29th, the Bucknell University Conservatives Club sent out a campus-wide e-mail announcing an upcoming speaker: Major John Krenson, who had been in Afghanistan "hunting terrorists." Those two words--"hunting terrorists"--resulted in three students being called to Bucknell's Office of the President by Kathy Owens, the Executive Assistant to the President.
According to the students, when they arrived at the President's Office for the meeting, Ms. Owens held up a print-out of the offending e-mail and said "we have a problem here," telling the students that the words "hunting terrorists" were offensive. For the next half-hour, the three students were given a lecture on inappropriate phrasing.
Ya know, it is always amazing to be reminded on a regular basis how the cult of “political correctness” dominates life and thought on the University Campus here in these United States. (If I was a truly gifted writer I probably would not start a paragraph with “ya know.” It goes to show that they will let just anyone who wants to blog – ya know. But back to the subject at hand.)
I’m so dense it absolutely never would have crossed my mind that to use the words “hunting terrorists” could be offensive – unless you were a terrorists and then you wouldn’t be so much offended as possibly frightened. But apparently 3 students were so unwise as to honestly express what was the topic of an invited guests ( a military man ) would actually be.
Perhaps next time they’ll stick to politically correct phrases such as “hunting W.A.S.Ps” which would garner the administrations support and possibly financial largesse. But let us not “hunt terrorists” lest unintended offense be taken. As my buddies at hatemongeresquarterly.blogspot.com might say,