Political correctness has been on the rise since the late 90s, especially in the west. Certain opinions simply became too “offensive” to hold and people who still held them were at risk of being ostracized and potentially even prosecuted by the law. Now of course, some countries suffer from this more than others, and we name these six countries as our pick for the most politically correct countries.
If you know anything at all about the Swedish nation, you wouldn’t be surprised at all that it made the top of the list. Back in July of 2013, a Somali refugee seeking asylum in Sweden left the country due to what she called “unbearable political correctness,” and we can’t really blame her for it. Introducing “gender neutral pronouns” like “hen” into their dictionary in order not to offend transgender individuals, forcing schools to create an additional “gender neutral” changing rooms for students, purposefully marketing toys with gender equality in mind (boys receive female toys and girls receive male toys), banning certain video games that were deemed to be racist or sexist, refusing to prosecute Muslim rapists for fear of being branded an “Islamophobic” are but a few examples of the political correctness that plagues Sweden. Sweden is what Tumblr would look like if it was a country.
2. Great Britain:
Nine Muslim men were found guilty of raping dozens of British children; the three month trial revealed that police and social workers had repeatedly refused to investigate the matter for fear of being branded racists. Where else but Britain? In the British city Leicester, a gang of Somali women who assaulted and nearly killed a British passerby in the city center, walked free after a politically correct judge decided that the women were “not used to being drunk.” In London, two Muslims who laughed as they repeatedly raped a 24-year old woman had their sentences slashed after politically correct judges ruled that the men were not “dangerous.” In Wiltshire County, police pulled over an 18 year old driver and ordered him to take down the flag of England from his car. Apparently, the flag could be deemed as racist to immigrants.
In Manchester, a 14 year old girl was arrested by police for racism after refusing to sit with a group of five Asian students who did not speak English. In Kent, a Christian doctor is fighting for his job after he told a suicidal patient that Christianity may offer help. According to the doctor, “The man had left his own faith. So I told him, ‘You may find that Christianity offers you something that your own faith did not.’” The doctor was issued a warning by the general medical council, stating that he had “overstepped the line.” Sometime later, The British navy was obligated by diktats of political correctness to install a special Satanist chapel onboard one of its warships to accommodate the religious requirements of one Satanist crewman. Stories like this are heard in Britain on a daily basis. For some reason, the government and people of this once great nation have decided that the principles of multiculturalism and political correctness had priority over the basic human rights of their own citizens.
Being great friends and allies to the United States, you would expect that Canada would adopt the US’ concept of free speech and freedom of association, but no, Canada is as politically correct as it gets. Politicians who express very faint nuanced politically incorrect grammar such as “those people” (referring to non-Canadian people) stand a risk of being labeled as fascists and colonialists. Then some Canadians tried to ban the phrase “Merry Christmas,” because according to them, it goes against the principles of multiculturalism. In 2015, their own prime minister appointed a staff that he purposefully made sure was equally distributed between the sexes and races. If their own president is this politically correct, imagine how the citizens themselves are.
Being one of the first countries to ban Nazism and Holocaust-denialism right after Germany themselves, France is full of politically correct laws meant to control and regulate what people can and cannot say. It’s often hilarious to watch the various hands of political correctness in France. Just look at what happened in 2012, when the government couldn’t decide on whether they should ban the burqa because it was demeaning and degrading to women, or if banning the burqa was bigoted towards Muslims and the Islamist religion. France itself has been a victim of several terrorist attacks such as the Charlie Hebdo attacks, where a cartoonist newspaper known for publishing politically incorrect jokes about the prophet Mohammed was broken into and its occupants murdered in cold blood by the Muslim extremist invaders.
Like France above, Germany too has lots and lots of laws banning Nazism and other unconventional ideologies and movements. Perhaps one of the main reasons for Germany’s political correctness is due to the past atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime. As a result of the dark clouds hanging out in the nation’s past, they feel a sort of guilt and need for redemption which includes letting in thousands of third world immigrants through their borders, sometimes even forcing citizens out of their own home in order to provide accommodation for these immigrants. According to a German political minister, one of the reasons for Germany’s low birth rate is because “Nazis” were inherently inferior and that Germans need to cross breed with the foreigners or risk going extinct.
Perhaps the most disturbing thing about Belgium’s political climate is their fear of discussing racial issues. From the elected leaders down to the average citizens, people are simply scared of discussing topics related to race, which usually means ignoring them or turning a blind eye. Although technically, the Belgian constitution guarantees freedom of speech, it is illegal to deny the holocaust, and certain instances of “offensive language” can incur a fine. For some reason, they also have mandatory voting (you heard that right) and citizens who refuse to vote are subject to being fined by the courts. Although freedom of religion is protected by the law and the constitution, religious tension and discrimination remains an issue within society. As the main participants, Christianity, Islam and Judaism compete for dominance. Belgium has also voted to ban the burqa, although several human right groups refer to this action as unconstitutional and “Islamophobic.”