A senior Air Force official emailed airmen at Lackland Air Force Base warning them not to use potentially “offensive” words like “boy” and “girl.”
The email, which was leaked to Todd Starnes of FOX News, provided airmen with a list of words that “may be construed [as] offensive.”
Starnes says that there “were some legitimately offensive and racially charged words and phrases on the list.” However, “Boy” and “girl” are both on the list, along with phrases like “it’s Greek to me” and “blondes have more fun.”
“Please be cognizant that such conduct is 100 percent zero tolerance in or outside of the work climate,” the unnamed official wrote. “Let’s capitalize on our richly diverse climate, and help others seek assistance if they are struggling with compliance.”
“It’s a good thing America isn’t fighting a war on political correctness, because our military would be losing,” the Family Research Council responded. “Have we come so far that simply uttering a person’s sex is cause for chastisement?”
Starnes reached out to the Air Force for comment and received a response from a public affairs spokesperson, who told him, “The Air Force has no list of prohibited terms. It was sent out by an individual simply reminding Airmen to be respectful to others.”
Says Starnes: “Apparently, the words ‘100 percent zero tolerance’ don’t have the same meaning in Air Force vernacular.”
Under the Obama administration, the military was “used as a social engineering petri dish,” he wrote.
The Obama administration lifted a ban on “openly transgender” people serving in the military. It ordered sensitivity training for the Army after it refused to allow a man in the women’s restroom. Over the past few years, there have been repeated instances of persecution of military chaplains who express their views.
In 2013, an Air Force base in California hosted a group of drag queen entertainers as part of a “Diversity Day” event.