The author explores the concept of ritually unclean animals in this Torah portion. The word used to describe an unclean animal is “abomination,” the same word used to describe homosexuality. Contemporary people who use the word “abomination” to describe homosexuality often defend their word choice by saying it is an issue of free speech. The author argues that comments about political correctness frequently aren’t, at their core, about free speech, free thought and free expression. The Torah portion’s use of the word “abomination” reminds us that we can elect not to be silenced and that we have some choice in how we respond to others’ attempts to pull the wool over our eyes.