Unintended offence 23/3/2013
Lobbyists demanding an apology from those not responsible for their past hurt would do more for their case by demonstrating gratitude and generosity of spirit.
It was astonishing to hear Tony Abbott heckled and abused this week when making his heart-felt apology to those given up for adoption decades earlier.
Who knew the term “birth parent” was somehow offensive?
Well, The Age does. Now.
Andrew Bolt exposes yet another instance of Fairfax hypocrisy which is as regular in the lefties’ favourite rag as dozens of pages of classified ads used to be.
He quotes yesterday’s Standard Gauge:
He caused grievous offence by referring to “birth parents’’, a bureaucratic terminology that has the effect of denying mothers and fathers any role beyond the moment of birth.
It’s a good thing for The Age that Conroy’s media tsar totalitarian idea collapsed or else the paper might have been dragged before the proposed censor of politically incorrect language. Further quotes from the Spencer Street Pravda:
The finger-wagging Age, February, 2013:
The perfect gift from her birth mother made Fiona Scott-Norman think her parent saw into her very being…
The Abbott-Abbott-Abbott Age, January 2013:
Gerd’s birth mother found a sponsor in Australia and, without the help of any assisted passage scheme, paid the princely sum of £440 to emigrate to Australia.
The sanctimonious Age, December 2012:
THE birth dates of babies who were adopted were often changed to prevent them from ever reuniting with their birth mothers, according to adoption activist and researcher Christine Cole.