(Washington Times) -- “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
In George Orwell’s dystopic novel “1984,” the totalitarian Big Brother regime issues perverse edicts reflecting the opposite of what is said.
Likewise, in the American Civil Liberties Union’s dystopic world, “silence is freedom of speech.”
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The latest example unfolded recently in the Pittsburgh suburb of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, where the ACLU bullied the city council over its tradition of having faith leaders give rotating prayers before council meetings. After the usual complaint from a single, disappointed petitioner morphed into an ACLU lawsuit threat, the council folded like a cheap suit.
A moment of silence will begin the meetings, which formerly began with entreaties to God from pastors, priests and rabbis to bless the proceedings of the elected council for the city of 28,000 about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.