The Corrosive Consequences Of Speech Codes

Here’s the column that got me fired from the Denver Post.

I’ve been a regular columnist for the Denver Post since 2016.

…Plain talk that doesn’t conform to the newspeak law of “use only the words mandated by the perpetually offended.” So, it is labeled as “mean spirited” and banned. If conservatives and libertarians are granted a voice in the mainstream media, they must use the language of their ideological opponents. That is, they are not allowed to have their own voice.

What seemed to be the last straw for my column was my insistence that there are only two sexes and my frustration that to be inclusive of the transgendered (even that word isn’t allowed) we must lose our right to free speech.

…But to force us to use inaccurate pronouns, to force us to teach our kids that there are more than two sexes, to call what is plainly a man in a dress, well, not a man in a dress violates our right of speech.

Jon Caldera (January 17, 2020).

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    R.Scott Clark is the President of the Heidelberg Reformation Association, the author and editor of, and contributor to several books and the author of many articles. He has taught church history and historical theology since 1997 at Westminster Seminary California. He has also taught at Wheaton College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Concordia University. He has hosted the Heidelblog since 2007.

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  1. Every day that goes by I continue to be amazed by some of these things. Then again, like Conrad, I’m amazed that I continue to be amazed. I wonder how long it’s going to be before manufacturers in the electronics and electrical industry will have to stop using the terms “male” and “female” to identify either a plug or a socket. Years ago it was common for those of us who worked with digital equipment, especially carrier systems, to see the terms “master” and “slave” in blue prints and explanatory documentation in regards to reference clocking for terminals. I’m sure that’s been outlawed by now, too.

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