– Edmund Burke
I made a commitment to myself to write a few pages on my new novel everyday of this new year. However, I am putting aside my novel writing time to write this “Call to Action” instead. It is time, folks, actually it is past time for we as Americans, Christians, and/or just supporters of freedom of speech and of the press to take action because if we don’t take action soon, we will not be able to as those rights will be gone, stripped away in the name of political correctness and/or by terrorists in the name of Allah.
Our country was founded on several basic principles, and I am not going to get into a discussion about all of them just two, i.e. freedom of speech and freedom of the press. To me these two basic rights are the foundation for all our other rights because without the ability to express our thoughts, ideas and beliefs freely without the free of reprisal we will lose all our other rights. If we can’t express our faith, our thoughts on gun control, our thoughts on government policies and/or our thoughts on the laws of the land we cannot guard them, support them, or change them. Without a voice, we have nothing – we can change nothing, we can do nothing if we cannot freely discuss what we believe and what we want to do about those beliefs. Yet, that is what is being threatened today.
Yesterday, three men, and I use the term loosely, executed – and it was an execution that was deliberately planned and cold-hardheartedly implemented – 12 people for simply speaking out on what they believed. Yet, why should we be surprised by this. It has been coming for some time. Since the 1960s when it became politically incorrect to use certain terms for some racial groups – PLEASE UNDERSTAND ME ON THIS – I DO NOT THINK THIS WAS WRONG!! THIS WAS RIGHT AND NECESSARY. However, this laid the foundation for a new trend. It became the fashion to accommodate any group of individuals who were offended by a particular public policy or saying. Thus the pendulum swung from its intended position of creating unity to the far side of creating division. We now watch what we say and how we say it. We speak carefully, and in couched terms to avoid causing injury to any particular group. Thus, our culture has slowly change from an atmosphere of open discourse and exchange of ideas to one of covert and shadowed public expressions with all our public figures making amends and condensations to any group that protested about a public statement, policy or law.
Into this Ready-mix of political correctness and appeasement, come the Muslim terrorists, using our own political correctness to foster a climate of hostility and repression for our rights of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. We should not be surprised by yesterday’s assault on the press and on the right of free speech. The foundation was laid years ago and this is the wall of oppression it has built.
Yet, where are our defenders? Where are those that would assault and tear down this wall? Where are the Hollywood moguls, the stars, and Washington politicians, the talking heads, the political activists, and commentators? Why are they silent on this? Are they now so afraid to speak the truth, to defend our basic rights? Is it because the aura of political correctness has created a miasma of disinformation and fear that their collective brain can no longer see what is happening? They are quick to defend any popular cause that is trending, yet on a real cause like the loss of our rights to speak freely – they are strangely silent.
Therefore, it is up to us. It is up to anyone that has a following of any kind to start speaking out. To raise an outcry against this oppression, to defend our rights to read what we want, to speak how we want to speak, to publish what we want to publish. If you are an author take a moment and ask your followers to speak out to start speaking up for our rights. If you are pastor, a minister, a youth group leader, a missionary speak out –fight this evil with your written and spoken words as well as your prayers. Fight this evil openly while we still can. This is your, CALL TO ACTION!!
“Don’t do something just because everyone else is doing it. If you see a group of people doing wrong, don’t join them. You must not let them persuade you to do wrong things—you must do what is right and fair.”
Ex 23:2 (ERV)