Father Paul Marx, founder of Human Life International, was right on the button, when, thirty years ago, he started openly warning all who had ears to hear, that verbal engineering always precedes social engineering.
Those who control the language of our culture wield great power indeed. Their verbal engineering is intended to pave the way for social change. They aim to change the way we think; to make what is unacceptable seem harmless, or even attractive and good.
The verbal engineers would have us go beyond what is moral, blurring the lines between good and evil and making it impossible to talk about these absolutes with any conviction.
Take note of all you hear and read. The verbal engineers are changing the language at lightning speed.
Be particularly mindful of those words that eradicate reference to male and female; for instance “pregnant person.” This phrase implies a man can become pregnant, which is a fallacy. Only women have reproductive organs capable of conceiving and carrying a child to term.
Below is a table with examples of how the language has been manipulated and changed. Some of the language may surprise, for instance, child molestation being referred to as intergenerational love. For the moment, such a thought is still rightfully abhorrent to the majority in society. The idea has not yet become mainstream. However, social engineers are working diligently to turn the tide on this matter (Drag Queen Story Time at public libraries should ring alarm bells). Just as verbal and social engineers have succeeded in their revolution already, a time will come when this heinous crime will come to be accepted by many.
Don’t let it happen. Stand firm and resist progressive changes to language that only point to the absurd. It is no small matter.
Dame Colleen Bayer, DSG contributed to this article.