This article in “Globe and Mail” says that Queen’s University is introducing language police that will prowl the campus to ensure (and/or enforce) political correctness of students’ speech. Yes, it is indeed outrageous, but what drew my attention most of all was the postscriptum to the article.
A sampling of some behaviour that could warrant attention from university-appointed student facilitators, tasked with policing students’ offensive language at Queen’s:
If a student avoids a classmate’s birthday party for faith-based reasons.
First, it implies that the newly appointed vice squad has to monitor birthday invitations and any invitation issued becomes mandatory unless you prove that your reasons for avoiding it are not faith based.
Second, any person who observes Lent (which, at least in Russian Orthodox practice, includes cutting down on entertainment and certain kinds of food) or wants to go to church on Easter instead of a classmate birthday can be punished (because those are certainly faith-based reasons).
Great. What next? Expelling people from universities for religious observance? Throwing them into prison? Way to go, Queen’s University!