Friday, January 20, 2012

Political correctness trumps nature and free choice

Students in the Canyons School District voted for the cougar as top choice to become the mascot of the new Corner Canyon High School, which is expected to open in 2013.

District officials overrode the student vote after complaints that that the word “cougar” is offensive and derogatory towards women. 

I particularly liked this illuminating explanation on FoxNews website: "However, the cougar is also a large mountain cat — that also happens to be the mascot for Brigham Young University — along with three other Utah high schools."

Sadly, those who consider 'cougar' to be primarily a derogatory term, and the feline species it represents is a secondary issue, are going to allow their bias to over-ride not only the choice of students themselves, but also biology.

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