Society and Culture

United Church of Christ et al. vs. Free (Conservative) Speech

Over the last couple of weeks, Jeffrey Lord has written a series of columns and blogs exposing some troubling activities by United Church of Christ bureaucrats (see here, here, here, here, here, and here—Lord is himself a member of the United Church of Christ). The denomination already is one of the most left-wing Protestant mainline denominations, boasting pastors such as Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Obama’s former pastor.

As part of an “interfaith” effort called So We Might See, which seeks “media justice,” the UCC’s “Office of Communications, Inc.”* is working to find ways to limit evil sources of information—you know, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Fox News and so on. They’re all apparently guilty of “hate speech.”

And the campaign is not limited to just a few fringy church bureaucrats. As Lord says, “Leading this charge or involved in some capacity are at least one commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission [Michael J. Copps], seven national churches, one left-wing billionaire who helps as always with the funding [guess who?]—and last but certainly not least, the White House. Specifically that would be Messrs. Emanuel, Axelrod and Ms. Dunn.”

Through press events, petitions to the FCC, sermons, children and adult educational materials, and more, the group is attempting to define conservative commentary as “hate speech,” no doubt with the goal of getting such speech banned.

Fortunately, several supposedly affiliated Christian organizations are now denying their involvement (here and here) in some of the more egregious efforts of So We Might See. But the UCC center seems to be holding. It’s ironic that a religious group that originated with the persecution-fleeing Puritans is using its freedom in an Orwellian attempt to silence those with whom it disagrees.

*The Office of Communications, Inc., is separately incorporated from the parent denomination.

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