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Language & Its Destruction

Giving an Appearance of Solidity to Pure Wind
January-February 2016

When considering Muslim tolerance, one might inquire: Are Muslim attitudes toward drinking alcohol tolerant? And how about free speech? Women's rights? Freedom of religion? Music and Art?

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On the Deconstruction of Language

UNLIMITED INTERPRETATIONS, UNLIMITED DIVISIONS

Cecilia Huckestein

May 2015

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Big Sister Is Listening to You
July-August 2013

States expend considerable effort rewriting statutes using "gender-neutral vocabulary" and manipulating our language in the service of a broad sociopolitical agenda.

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'I Will Defend to the Death Your Right to Say It'
October 2007

In most daily newspapers prolifers are called "anti-abortion" and pro-aborts are called "pro-choice." But these are euphemisms.

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"Grandfathering" Gay Priests
February 2006

Curiously, one doesn't say "grandmothered." Had the term been "grandmothered," it would certainly have been banned by the Language Nazis.

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Parent Is a Noun, Not a Verb

RE-ENGINEERING CULTURE

Cliff Price

January 2006

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Chrismukkah: It's In the Cards
December 2005

A newly minted interfaith "holiday" is a multi-cultural mishmash of cherished rituals and customs with "no dogma and no rules."

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Ms. Goodie Two-Shoes Rhetoric
February 2005

If we can't say "policemen," why do we get to say "gunman"?

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Fuzzy Language Does Not Belong in Vatican Documents
November 2004

Why can't these people say what they mean?

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A Clever Translation of the Bible
September 2004

is a Bible with "extraordinary power" - extraordinary satanic power.

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Berkeley's Linguistic Outlaws
March 2004

Phony language is reprehensible, but language has a way of exacting its own revenge.

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Oh, to Be a Victim!
January 2003

Victim status is highly coveted in our effete culture.

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What's "Offensive" & What's Not

THE TRIUMPH OF SUBJECTIVISM

Alice von Hildebrand

November 2002

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Lumps, Bumps & Meditation
October 2002

The effects of linguistic re-ordering of priorities are far-reaching.

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Spreading the Disease
June 2002

"Each person has an inalienable right to be considered good, however he behaves."

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The Linguistic Minefield
January 2002

Is inclusive language a reality of current English, or merely a contrivance?

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Designer Bibles

Dale Vree

December 2001

Review of The Gender-Neutral Bible Controversy

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Jesus Found Guilty of Hate Speech
November 2001

America magazine bellyaches about how Catholicism has historically expelled "heretical Christians" from its midst.

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From Butchered English To Butchered Theology
September 2000

Soon we'll be expected to refer to the Gerperson language instead of the German language.

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Our Vast Pudding, Who Art in Heaven, Muddled Be Thy Name…
February 2000

Promiscuous fuzzing of images and programmatic neutering of prayers

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Zorro & Bathsheba
September 1999

My, the difficulties of inclusivity are well-nigh preternatural

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The Dumbbell Feminese Dialect
July/August 1999

"Maximum possible fidelity to the sacred Scriptures"?

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The Intolerant Ideology of Tolerance

EDITORIAL

Dale Vree

January 1998

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"Inclusive Language": Is It Necessary?

SPEAKING NATURALLY VS. SPEAKING ARTIFICIALLY

Kenneth D. Whitehead

March 1997

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A Case Against "Inclusive Language"

THEOLOGY MATTERS

Kristen West McGuire

January/February 1997

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What's Wrong With 'Values'

THE MUSHY WORLD OF MORAL RELATIVISM

Terence Ball

May 1996

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Jesus in the Dictionary

LETTER FROM ENGLAND

John Warwick Montgomery

January/February 1994

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Lying & Other Deceptions in Communications Are Always Wrong

EVEN "WHITE" LIES

Germain Grisez

October 1990

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The Words of God

GUEST COLUMN

Michael Nelson

December 1989

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