BERLIN City Council issues orders to its staff to refrain from saying ‘foreigners’ and instead refer to them as ‘inhabitants without German citizenship’ and to stop saying ‘illegal aliens/immigrants’ and refer to them as ‘undocumented migrants.’ Even worse, ‘asylum seekers’ now must be called ‘persons requiring protection’ and people with a ‘migrant background’ should be described as ‘people with an international history.’
Daily Mail (h/t Terry D) Political correctness has invaded and struck at the heart of Germany with a series of strange new phrases in a new diversity (aka Muslim)-sensitive language guide.
Berlin city council has told state employees in the capital to watch their language to avoid offense. New guidelines put in place by the nanny state authority have led to guidance on every day phrases that they say should not be used.
Among the many phrases targeted by the PC brigade is ‘asylum seeker. ‘According to the new guide this term is misleading as there is a fundamental right to asylum. Instead state employees should use the term ‘persons requiring protection.’
Foreigners should be replaced with ‘residents without German citizenship’ and people with a migrant background should be referred to as ‘people with an international history.’
The new rules have been severely criticized across Germany. Gunnar Schupelius, a commentator on the local daily newspaper BZ, said that a ‘clique’ of politicians was trying to influence people to believe what they think is right. He wrote that they want to ensure people ‘behave in accordance with their political ideology.’
The guidance has been turned into a 44-page guide and it forms part of a national diversity programme. It aims to train Berlin’s state employees to communicate ‘with the people in this city,’ regardless of their sexuality, gender, age, disability, religion or ethnic origin.
The booklet also states that if someone changes gender then officials should not say ‘gender change’ but ‘gender realignment.’ While the German phrase ‘Schwarzfahren,’ which translates as riding black, and is a widely used German term for fare dodging on public transport should not be used at all.
The PC guide was written by the State Office for Equal Treatment Against Discrimination, which is run by Justice Senator Dirk Behrendt, from the Green Party.
Berlin’s centre-left city government is a coalition of the Greens with the Social Democrats and Left Party. (Sounds like a far-left government to me)
Mr Behrendt, in a press statement, said: ‘Berlin is home to people from many different backgrounds and in very different situations ‘Berliners should understand the administration as their own and therefore the administration should also be open to this diversity.
Egyptian German Scholar and former Muslim, Hamed Abdel Samad, offers a scathing criticism of the European Left for its political correctness, saying that while historically, the Left has always defended the underdog, when it comes to Islam, it “morphs into the “racism of low expectations.”