The city of San Diego has been concerned about their city workers dropping some “F-bombs” on this President’s Day.
Yes, “F-Words” in the form of “Founding Fathers.”
This warning first appeared in a city-issued manual entitled “Bias-Free Language.” According to a report from Fox News and the Pacific Justice Institute, it “instructs workers to eliminate from their vocabulary a number of words and phrases considered gender biased, including “the common man,” “manmade,” “man up” and many others.”
As one example, the guidelines noted that “founding fathers,” a traditional reference to America’s patriotic patriarchs, is also problematic and should be replaced with “founders.” So, Washington, Jefferson, Adams and company are no longer “Founding Fathers” just founders.
Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, noted, “At a time set aside to honor American icons to whom we owe our constitutional freedoms, it is offensive and indefensible that the city of San Diego is directing employees not to even mention the Founding Fathers.”
“We are calling on the mayor.” said Dacus, “to immediately retract these guidelines and reassure city employees that they will not be punished for being patriotic. We cannot allow this type of censorship and PC insanity to destroy our free speech.” PJI is offering to represent, without charge, any city employees who are punished for their patriotic expression.”
In response, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said in a tweet Wednesday that “he put a stop to the matter as soon as he heard about it, ordering the passage removed and the manual scrubbed for any remaining similar examples.”
This is similar to an effort several years ago to remove “founding fathers” from school text books and replace it with “framers.” It was an attempt to make them sound “less male dominate.”
This reminds me of recent translations of the Bible that have become “gender neutral” versions. They replace “person” for “he,” “humans” for “man,” “parent” for “father”, and “fellow believer” for “brother.” In fact, some versions have even eliminated male pronouns for God and Jesus as the Son of God!
All of this is political correctness run amok. It’s ridiculous. But it’s also an example of the far left and feminists’ agenda who deny male and female roles that are God-given.
The Bible says, In the beginning “God made them male and female” (Gen 1:27). Jesus, the Son of God, recognized gender distinction when he quoted Genesis. “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? (Matt 19:4-5).
Furthermore, the Bible speaks of male leadership, male roles in the church, and the male role in the family (1 Cor 11:1; 1 Tim. 3:1-3; Eph. 5:23-33). The Bible also identifies specific female roles in these respective areas.
Perhaps, some of our politicians and so-called “social reformers” would do well to follow the advice of the founding fathers who expressed faith in the Bible as the Word of God.
Our first President and founding father George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible…He is worse than an infidel who does not read his Bible and acknowledge his obligation to God.”
Founding father Thomas Jefferson who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and our third President affirmed, “I have always said and always will say that the studious perusal of the Sacred Volume will make better citizens, better fathers, better husbands…the Bible makes the best people in the world.”
Our second President, John Adams expressed his belief that the “general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.” He further affirmed “I have examined all religions, and the result is that the Bible is the best book in the world.”
Enjoy your President’s day. And celebrate the legacy of our “Founding Fathers.” Their precious gift of freedom continues to be under attack, as well as Bible principles.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman