On both sides of the Atlantic……
Recently we have seen British Police officers brutally beating and arresting Christian street preachers for being less than politically correct when preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What the British authorities mean by that is, to appease Muslims and Islam, because Christianity offends Muslims, Christians are to be persecuted by the Queen fascist Teresa may and her crack down on Christians in Britain is being orchestrated at her behest by the true British Nazis, the British Gestapo/SS the police, who frankly, have always adhered to the time honoured good kicking of the suspect in the cell to procure a confession.
P.C. A possible definition.
The same extreme sensitivity to words or conduct that might possibly offend someone that has already taken root on many of our college campuses is spreading outward to other parts of our society.
In its annual meeting last month, the American Bar Association approved a rule that imports the college manias over “inappropriate” speech and “microaggression” into its regulation of professional conduct.
Rule 8.4(g) provides that it is professional misconduct for an attorney to show “discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or socioeconomic status in conduct related to the practice of law.” The rule applies to statements an attorney makes as well as any actions that could be interpreted to “manifest bias.”
Attorneys have an obligation to do their utmost to represent their clients and help them win legal disputes, but now they must also watch what they say and do lest they be reported to the A.B.A. for having manifested “bias.” The justification for this politically correct overlay for the profession, according to past ABA president Paulette Brown, is that “lawyers are responsible for making our society better” and therefore must set a standard for all.
That sounds noble, but what the rule actually does is to give aggressive lawyers grounds for action against opponents who deviate from politically correct thought and action. Will it really make society any better if lawyers are occasionally disciplined for saying or doing things that can be said to be “discriminatory” or “manifest bias”? I think not.
Another skeptic is Chapman University law professor Ronald Rotunda, who in his August 16 Wall Street Journalarticle “The ABA Overrules the First Amendment” provides some examples of how this rule could affect lawyers and law firms. He writes, “Consider the following form of ‘verbal’ conduct when one lawyer tells another, in connection with a case, ‘I abhor the idle rich. We should raise capital gains taxes.’ The lawyer has just violated the ABA rule by manifesting bias based on socioeconomic status.”
That loose-tongued attorney could indeed find himself facing disciplinary sanctions. I think it is far more likely, however, that the rule would be applied by an attorney who abhors the idle rich against opposing counsel who carelessly blurts out something uncomplimentary about the idle poor. In America’s current political culture, it is almost always the left that resorts to “lawfare” to punish its opponents. (As Exhibit A, I’d point to the spate of lawsuits brought to Democratic attorneys general against businesses and think tanks for daring to question that we face a climate crisis demanding immediate government action.)
Suppose that one attorney shows up wearing a “Don’t Tread on Me” cap (which actually led to a “harassment” complaint in a case I recently wrote about) while another wears a Che Guevara shirt. Both would seem equally guilty of manifesting bias, but which one do you think will report the infraction? And if both, which do you think would be treated seriously? The rule will prove to be a one-way street for disciplinary action against lawyers who don’t perfectly mind their PC manners.
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