Shortly after the woman caught in adultery was forgiven of her sin by Jesus and freed from the condemnation of the crowd, Jesus affirmed the absolute necessity of truth and of freely sharing Him with others:
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:31-32
Freedom is a cornerstone to the life and growth of humanity, and liberalism has finally imposed its most deadly weapon upon itself by negating it. Right or left-wing, Western society has witnessed freedom of expression being clearcut and incinerated society’s laws and norms by the hand of political correctness. Largely, the right has rebelled and spoken out against the tryany of PC doctrine and its ham-handed instruments, yet still the progress of this Marxist weapon has been given entirely too much efficacy in free societies… until now.
A crack in the foundation of tyrannical political correctness was unearthed in a New York Times op-ed by Judith Shulevitz on January 4th. Absurd and ironic as it may sound, a new wave of morality clauses are now being imposed in contracts between publishers and writers that could be the death of left-bent newspeak. These morality clauses quite commonly will allow publishers to be ruled by the hypersensitive complaint departments of their marketing arms. The ridiculously risk-averse advertising sales arms of publishing conglomerates can use the morality clause to now extinguish a writer’s career upon the mere Twitter-storm of a tiny liberal special-interest group.
Describing one company’s bludgeoning morality clause, Shulevitz writes…
It’s a doozy. If, in the company’s “sole judgment,” the clause states, the writer “becomes the subject of public disrepute, contempt, complaints or scandals,” Condé Nast can terminate the agreement. In other words, a writer need not have done anything wrong; she need only become scandalous.*
This is a refreshingly honest op-ed that details how the business side of the West’s publishing households may now cancel, revoke and demand advances be returned at any time by an author who offends people. Imagine the gateway of power-mad abuses the new morality clauses will give to any tiny but loud-mouthed organization to censor any idea they don’t like. Don’t like what a writer did or didn’t say about your pet cause? Simply organize a dozen like-minded friends to Twitter the complaint like mad and you too can crush any opinion you don’t like; and destroy the writer.
In applying our faith, Christians don’t get the false comfort of the popular lie. We are compelled by God to speak the truth in love, whether it offends or pleases people. Political correctness has always been the enemy of free speech and religious liberty, emanating from Almighty God. Jesus tells his disciples in the Upper Room Discourse…
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
To my ears, damage to the foundations of political correctness is good news. Freedom to hear the truth of God in Scripture, and to share the truth according to the Great Commission is the oxygen of the Greatest Commandment.
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*Shulevitz, Judith – “Must Writers Be Moral? Their Contracts May Require It” – New York Times – https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/04/opinion/sunday/metoo-new-yorker-conde-nast.html