ChurchMouse here firing away at me typewriter and also bombing away with some erasers at Strathclyde University in Scotland. Quite by accident, I had the good fortune to don my brown cordy trousers this mornin, as I wandered off to report on a strange toilet problem in Glasgow.
The administration of Strathclyde University recently posted a memo to its 400 students and 250 staff instructing them on how to properly defecate and urinate. Yes, you heard that right. One of Scotland’s leading academic institutions is now toilet training its students.
According to the Daily Record, the memo read:
“Given the incidence of people pooing in bins, showers and the likes, can I please remind all TIC occupants that the toilets have been provided for that specific purpose.”
“All bodily fluids, solids and toilet paper must be disposed of down the toilet.”
“While I appreciate that the TIC population is multicultural and different countries have different practices, here in the UK the accepted practice is to use only the WC.”
Welcome to the new multicultural Europe. It appears that the centre’s multicultural students may have caused the problem, which has left the building’s cleaning staff kicking up a stink.
Judging from the memo, many Scots seem not to be adjusting well to the new reality of open defecation that 'plopped' into the UK like unrestrained immigration. However, the instruction did not go down well with everyone. Apparently, the memo flushed out the local Social Justice Warriors. Some of the employees were upset and felt that the memo was – wait for it – racist.
Equally predictable, the university was terrified that if they did nothing to combat these allegations of racism their reputation would go down the drain. Consequently, a Strathclyde University spokesman quickly issued a retraction.
“We’ve apologised for any offence caused to colleagues. “The email contained sentiments completely contrary to our institutional values and should not have been sent. “It was recalled as soon as it came to our attention and we swiftly issued an apology to staff.”
If it hadn’t been for the ominous underlying self-castigation, this would have been merely a funny story. The Brits (and the Yanks) have become so utterly paralyzed by fear that they feel the urge to apologize for trying to maintain even a minimum of hygienic standards, lest they are branded as racist. European sanitation culture that took centuries to develop is now being reversed to appease cultural sensitivities.
This paralyzing terror is the same sentiment that allowed Pakistani grooming gangs in Rotherham to sexually abuse and rape 1400 girls over a period of ten years, without the authorities stepping in to stop it. Child services, the mayor, the city council and the police all knew about the abuse but did nothing for the same reason that they are now allowing people to defecate in showers at Strathclyde University: fear of being called a racist. I call that stupid.
Common human decency is--dare I say--going down the toilet. If political correctness gets any worse, we will all need to wear hobnail boots just to cross the street. Worse yet, we will live in the clutch of a fear that drives truth and love from us.
Be it far better, to be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, and speak the truth in love--as we did in days of yore. To do less is to 'soil' our souls.
"Let all things be done decently and in order" (1 Cor. 14:40).