As an addendum to my previous post on BC’s government-funded religious indoctrination course, Social Justice 12, I’d like to continue in the theme of how Progressives twist the English language to cloak their ideology in seemingly good intentions. We have already seen how the word “Justice” has been hijacked in the concept of Social Justice, and flogged on the national political scene by the likes of Stephane Dion. (The first thing Wikipedia said about Social Justice when I checked it this morning is that it is a euphemism. When I checked this afternoon, it has curiously omitted that statement.)
In the BC Government’s Social Justice 12 elective course, they give a glossary of terms in which the definitions curiously depart or embellish the common usage. Let’s look at some comparisons, emphasis mine (SJ12: Social Justice 12 definition, D: Dictionary definition):
SJ12: attitudes, policies, and practices that result in the exploitation or subjugation of a nation or group by a larger or more powerful group.
D: control by one power over a dependent area or people
Note that SJ12 introduces a strong negative context in what is normally a neutral concept.
SJ12: occurs when a person—on the basis of characteristics such as her or his sex, age, sexual orientation, race, religion, or physical or mental ability—suffers disadvantages or is denied opportunities available to other members of society.
D: the act, practice, or an instance of making a distinction categorically rather than individually
Once again, discrimination in a SJ12 context is completely negative, and implies considerable harm and suffering. The real definition has no connotation of adverse effects in and of itself.
SJ12: addressing or eliminating legal and institutional injustices that have excluded individuals or groups from full participation in society.
D: to promote the self-actualization or influence of
SJ12 continues to insert “injustices” into every definition, in this case turning “Empowerment” into something positive. I wonder what they would think about empowering Nazis and Communists.
SJ12: a fear, dislike, or hatred of homosexuality or homosexuals, or of people or behaviours perceived to be homosexual.
D: irrational fear of homosexuals
I don’t think you need any more evidence of the politically correct butchering of the suffix “phobia”. If I dislike the thought of spiders crawling all over my body, does that make me arachnophobic?
SJ12: the provision for every individual to have the right to live, work, and learn in an environment free from fear, discrimination, and harassment.
D: rights (as freedom from unlawful imprisonment, torture, and execution) regarded as belonging fundamentally to all persons
While the dictionary definition of Human Rights infers that they are subjective (using the word “regarded”), the SJ12 definition indicates by its language that the listed human rights are objective, and therefore above reproach and scrutiny.
SJ12: [An aim] to achieve a just and equitable society – where all share in the prosperity of that society
Wiki: A term, generally applied by the left, to describe a society with a greater degree of economic egalitarianism, which may be achieved through progressive taxation, income redistribution, or even property redistribution.
A trojan horse for communism.
Cross-posted at SF