Free speech vs. sound of silence

From Robert Knight:

America has become a country in moral free-fall, where silence is freedom of speech, religious suppression is tolerance, and atheism is the de facto official religion of the state.

In George Orwell’s futuristic novel 1984, a tyrannical government masks its activities through the use of Newspeak — saying or doing something opposite of a word’s meaning.

The Ministry of Plenty oversees rationing and starvation; the Ministry of Peace wages war; the Ministry of Truth dispenses propaganda; and the Ministry of Love conducts torture. The operative slogans are: “War is peace,” “Freedom is slavery,” and “Ignorance is strength.”

A current variant comes to mind, courtesy of the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Florida branch, which is threatening to sue the Miami-Dade government for voting to replace a moment of silence before county commission meetings with a prayer.

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