Well.. how about a big ole love day with a hate chaser huh?
What’s the line between “free speech” and “responsible speech”?
Could I get away with a billboard with a head-shot of a Hassidic Jew on it with a big quote that says “I questioned Judaism” with an URL link on it linking you to a “ministry” set up for converting Jews to Christianity?
Mass media influences… people make a living doing it… you can even major in it in college like I did. Anyone in the field will tell you that the bulk of our fine population tends not to engage in critical thought and tend to believe anything if they’re told it enough. (*see recent history with the manipulation and media tailoring which was crafted to support our country going to war.)
here’s a sobering real-life example:
Our friend Julie called us months back distraught over an argument she was having with her boyfriend… (who…. is not an evangelical Christian nor an extreme conservative)… He was firmly under the opinion that Homosexuality was a choice… And speaking to three of us on the phone wasn’t really good enough to sway his opinion either. *Where* did he arrive at this deduction?
So… While you’re free to hold predatory religious seminars to “heal” homosexuals,… should you be allowed to make your case and solicit in mass media channels? The very solicitation creates a false validity in the eyes of “the masses” driving down the highway.
The core issue is a stalemate. I would have no more luck trying to change the minds of the exodus.to people than they would getting me to stop being attracted to big hairy men…. so it boils down to an issue of *in good taste* on behalf of the display company.
I suppose the highroad would be to say “yes… it IS their right to say *whatever* they want.”
So… Should we all sit back and cruise down that high road while these subversive agendas unfold…. gradually distorting public opinion? In say ten years the forced federal “Homosexual Reprograming Camps” wouldn’t seem so bad… You know… Because they all chose that lifestyle anyway – probably as a result of bad parenting or their mother’s did drugs during pregnancy or something.”
So.. Freedom of speech? Right to say whatever? Fine… It’s also my right to fire off an email to the billboard company and let them know that because of their poor judgment to place such a culturally divisive ad;— I nor any of my industry colleagues will consider them for any projects.”
Funny how the foundation of that grand temple of morality erodes via cash flow.
All that we have left is resistance… and… like our very vocal enemies on the right….. *we* need to start making noise and snap ourselves from the complacence we’ve all been in for the past decade or two. Else all the gains made by our parent’s generation will be lost and I’ll be seeing you all at the camps….
Take a moment… and a letter, maria… to let these folks know what your thoughts about free and responsible speech are. Contacts are here behind the cut