Subjectivity

Posted: April 27, 2022 in Uncategorized

I had a few minutes today waiting for a file to upload. While I waited, I happened to see a video on YouTube about my favorite band Rush. They were reviewing the 40th anniversary boxed set of their most commercially successful album Moving Pictures. One of the comments that was made was about the song Witch Hunt, which according to the commentator was the band’s reaction to the “moral majority” comparing them to the Salem Witch Trials. At the time the album came out, I wouldn’t have thought twice about that. I was a senior in high school in 1981 and if Neil Peart wrote it, it was “gospel” to me, due largely to the fact that the Gospel wasn’t gospel to me yet. My how have things have changed. 

While I am still a little hesitant to mesh faith and politics, and there were times where the moral majority way overstepped, I also know we could really use an actual moral majority in this country and I am not sure I want to live in a world where the majority is immoral. Still a lot of this is really dependent on one’s point of view. I can see how the witch hunt analogy may have seemed feasible to someone who was left of center way back in 1981. As a person of faith, in more recent days, I have felt like the witch hunt today comes from the people who would have most strenuously opposed the moral majority in those days. Cancel culture is running rampant. There is no place for grace in political discourse, nor is there room for repentance, a changed life or even a changed opinion. If you at any point in your past held an opinion that runs counter to the status quo, it matters little what was done to change it. I saw this week that the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies is facing pressure to remove Chris Pratt from the series, essentially because Pratt is a Christian. If that is the case, the witch hunt is clearly on the other foot. I saw a T-shirt online this week that said “Make 1984 fiction again.” I think that pretty much sums up where we are today. 

The first amendment is vital to a free society for all involved. I remember when people used to say they disagreed with someone else, maybe even vehemently but they would fight for their opponent’s right to say it. This is crucial, we need to stick up for the free speech rights of others because sooner or later the shoe will be on the other foot. It’s time to end the witch hunt called cancel culture. Instead we need to learn how to argue for our points, disagree agreeably and keep moving forward.      

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