State Sen. Ronald Rabin, a Harnett County Republican, said Thursday that a national push for politically correct language as akin to book burnings led by Nazi Germany.
“There is no difference between all of this stifling of free speech and the book burnings that the Nazis did,” Rabin said during a floor speech.
Rabin pointed to news reports about a “bias-free language guide” produced at the University of New Hampshire, which discourages students from using the word “American” because it doesn’t recognize South America. Campus officials say the guide is not official university policy.
He said, “To me, political correctness is a stifler of the truth, not a purveyor of any kind of truth.”
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“At the University of New Hampshire, they have come out with 60 terms that students are not allowed to say. One of those, because it’s offensive, is to say ‘I am an American,’” Rabin said, directing his remarks to the high school students serving as Senate pages. “Do not let anyone ever tell you in your classrooms that America isn’t the greatest thing that’s ever happened on God’s green earth.”
Sen. Buck Newton, a Wilson Republican and candidate for attorney general, praised Rabin’s comments. Newton noted that the senator is a retired Army colonel who served in the Vietnam War.
“The young people should understand that that’s a very sincere statement that you made, and they need to take it to heart, considering the sacrifice and the work that you’ve done to protect this land and the freedom of speech,” Newton said.
Rabin’s full comments are here:
(Note: This posted updated from original, which quoted Rabin as saying “all of these stiflings” not “all of this stifling” in regard to free speech.)