Craig Henningfield: What would George Orwell think?
“You have the right to believe what you want to believe … as long as what you believe agrees with what I believe.” That seems to be the up-and-coming standard in our complex world.
Not long ago, the governor of the state of Georgia signed into law a bill banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That can be as early as six weeks, which is before many women know they’re pregnant.
The LA Times promptly opined: “Dear Hollywood: Get the h*** out of Georgia. Now.” Apparently, Georgia must be penalized for disagreeing with Hollywood. This is not surprising in that this tactic has been used for several hundred years by those who want to squash any resistance to their preferred positions and enforce their position on anyone who disagrees. What would George Orwell think?
Seems to me that many in the film and music industries want to defend their Constitution-guaranteed right to “free speech,” so that they can continue to make movies and write songs that present their positions on the various issues. At the same time, if someone disagrees with their position and affirms an alternative position, would they defend our Creator-granted right to “moral clarity,” so that we can all thrive and flourish? I’m not so sure.
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