In my senior year of high school, some friends and I decided to put together a pep band for the school pep rally and homecoming game. The lineup was: a guy that played keyboards, (and was the only one who could actually play); a guy with a drum set; me playing the notes the keyboardist showed me on the bass; and my girlfriend pretending to play an electric guitar because it looked cool (it wasn’t turned up).
For a few weeks prior, we were allowed to practice during study hall. It was a small school, and the sound traveled, and we had some issues with students getting bathroom passes to listen to us practice.
We were excited, the whole school, because this was a Baptist school, and being allowed to have a band, with drums, was kind of a big deal. Even if it was just a simple keyboard melody doubled by a bass guitar, with a drumbeat and a silent guitar.
The day of the rally, we were informed that the band would not be allowed after all. The reason?
“WE WERE TOO CONTROVERSIAL” Yes, that’s actually what they said.
I thought that was ridiculous on the part of a small, Baptist high school nobody knows about. Now, I’m incredulous, because this exact same ridiculous type of reasoning is being adopted by Google, Facebook, YouTube, and others and applied in increasing attempts to censor, guess what?, “CONTROVERSIAL SPEECH”, which is also labeled “hate speech”.
What? Since when did controversial become a crime? Or hateful? One of my favorite things about being an American has always been the freedom of controversy. Our nation was born out of controversy. And when did it become a crime to say or do something, just because someone else doesn’t happen to like it? And how is it that the liberal left is now using the same ridiculous reasoning (motivated by the same fear) as the teachers at my Baptist high school?